Under a law that has just gone into effect, consumers in Pennsylvania can now check with the Attorney General's office to determine if a home improvement contractor is registered with the state.

Attorney General Tom Corbett says the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act requires all contractors who perform $5,000 or more in home improvements in a year to register with his office.

The law went into effect yesterday.

"We strongly encourage consumers to contact our office before selecting a contractor," Corbett said. "And we encourage consumers to use only contractors who are registered with our office.

Consumers can determine if a home improvement contractor is registered in Pennsylvania by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov or by calling 1-888-520-6680.

Almost 32,000 contractors have registered since the registration began in March. They are required to have at least $50,000 of personal injury liability coverage and $50,000 of property damage coverage.