How necessary is a contractors license?

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How important is it for a contractor doing specialty work (roofing or siding) to have a contractors license. I am looking at a company to do some roofing and siding work on my first property. They have a the adequate insurance and a business license but now contractors license. They informed me that licensing is not necessary for specialty work such as theirs in our state. How common is this and should I look for someone licensed? I am inexperienced and I don't want to make a mistake my first time out.

If this is the wrong place to post such questions please let me know.

Do NOT take their word for it. Check with your city or County building department because some permit items can only be signed off if they're done by a licensed contractor.