An Omaha homeowner took out a loan to help fund a $50,000 remodeling project and took the contractor at his word that he was getting the paperwork. The contractor, whose company was registered with the state of Nebraska, thought state and city registration were the same thing, and that smaller remodels didn't require a permit, reported Mike McKnight with WOWT News.

The contractor who remodeled Patty's home isn't licensed with the city, but his company is registered with the state department of labor. Hall said he thought they went hand in hand. But they're not connected. State registration shows a contractor has workers comp and doesn't prove competency to do the job. That's why cities like Omaha have a separate contractor's licensing program after testing.

"I'm more than willing to take those tests," he said.

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