As the first year of Kansas’ roofer registration program draws to a close, more than 900 roofing contractors have completed the registration process, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
“This week, our office approved the 900th registration certificate since the program began on July 1, 2013,” Schmidt said. “As the summer home improvement season begins, it is important that consumers make sure their contractor has properly registered before having any work done on their roofs.”
Before hiring a roofer, consumers should ask for a copy of the roofer’s registration certificate from the attorney general’s office and then go online to verify that the roofer is in fact listed in the attorney general’s online directory. The requirement to register with the attorney general’s office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties. The online directory is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.
Schmidt also reminded contractors that the deadline for renewing their registration is approaching. Renewal applications must be postmarked by June 30 for their registration status to remain in good standing.
The Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act was passed during the 2013 legislative session and took effect July 1, 2013. The law requires every roofing contractor to obtain a registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas. It is designed to ensure that legitimate roofing contractors are complying with state requirements, such as carrying appropriate insurance, and to help prevent fly-by-night operators from taking advantage of Kansas consumers.
Any Kansans who have problems with roofing contractors may file a request for the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division to investigate at (800) 432-2310 or www.InYourCornerKansas.org. The attorney general requests that Kansans report any unregistered person or company attempting to sell roofing services.