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November 22, 2002

Building-trades licenses from L&I now available online through QuickCards

TUMWATER - The Washington Department of Labor & Industries said today that contractors, electricians and plumbers can now renew their building-trades cards online using its new QuickCards Internet system.

To provide protection to consumers, state law requires construction contractors to be registered, electrical contractors to be licensed, and electricians and plumbers to be certified. More than 100,000 building-trades professionals now with L&I cards can renew them immediately from home or office by using the online application at www.LNI.wa.gov/quickcards. Customers also can get immediate renewals in most cases by visiting any L&I office. Renewals done by mail can, in some cases, take several days to complete.

To use QuickCards, all applicable requirements must be current, such as bonding, insurance and continuing-education units. For online renewals from home, a VISA or MasterCard credit card (not debit) is required. Credit cards are not accepted in field offices. QuickCards renewals are available for construction contractors, electrical contractors, electrical administrators, electrical trainees, electricians, plumbers, plumber trainees and medical gas plumbing endorsements.

L&I is planning to expand its QuickCards system in 2003 beyond just renewals to also include new registrations, licenses and certifications.

QuickCards is L&I's newest expansion of its electronic-commerce services. The agency's Internet-based services provide customers with convenience, speed, information and confidentiality. Among other options, L&I customers can go online to file and pay industrial insurance premiums, file prevailing wage forms, purchase electrical permits and request electrical inspections.

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