I just finished renewing my contractor's specialty license after a 5 year period of not working in the field. You would think the process would be easier than it turned out to be. I was given the choice of keeping my license # that I have had since 1983 and paying the back years as a penalty, $1400+, or start all over again with retaking tests, getting recommendations, education history, work history, etc. and paying $230 +app. fee of $25 + license card fee of $5.00. I chose to pay the back fees as penaly. I then spent a day getting clearances from the tax office, public works, Dept. of labor -OSHA,Wage&Hour,Work. Comp.,dept. of land management. I submitted the paperwork along with financial statement only to be informed that I needed to write a letter to the License Board explaining why I did not renew my license the last five years. I will be informed of their decision after the first meeting in which they have a quorum. I question my sanity at this point. You just gotta love the work to go through the hoops our gov. puts in front of us. What would you have done???