State license requirements for electricians vary so it is a good idea to learn about the requirements in your state when you enter the field.
By knowing local regulations, you can ensure you undergo the proper training and apprenticeship so you don’t waste time and money on courses that won’t help you get licensed.
An electrician license is required to be employed once your apprenticeship is completed. The license proves to future employers you have been properly trained and tested, and you are competent to do the job you are being hired for. Not only that, but state licensing is a legal requirement.
Therefore it is important to understand the state license requirements and regulations, making sure you comply with them.
State license requirements vary when it comes to the amount of experience needed to take the licensing exam, and even the type of education needed.
In addition, the actual test itself varies since local and state codes are not uniform. National codes are the same for all states though and you will be expected to know those as well but it is up to each local board to determine what areas of the codes will be on their state’s test.
An electrician license allows you to legally work in the state that issued the license. In most cases, you won’t be able to work in a different state unless you become licensed in that state as well. You’ll also need to periodically renew your electrician license in order to continue working on the job. A renewal may require continuing education credits in order to stay up to date on new codes.
Overview Of State Requirements:
Alabama Contractor License – The exam for the Alabama contractor license is given quarterly. A period of 90 days is allotted to complete the test once an official application is submitted and accepted. To be eligible, you must have completed four years of work experience or combination of work experience and classroom training. The license is good for one year and costs $365. Alabama has exam reciprocity with Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Alaska Contractor License – Is given in the specialty areas of residential wiring, commercial wiring, inside communications, outside communications, line work, and control wiring. The license is awarded after successful completion of an exam and is good for two years. Eight continuing education credits are needed for renewal. The cost of licensing and renewal is $200. Alaska has exam reciprocity with Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho, Minnesota, Washington, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Arizona Contractor License – Requires a minimum of four years work experience and successful completion of an examination that includes the Arizona Business Management exam. License cost is $445 for residential and $890 for commercial use. The license is good for two years, and then must be renewed. Arizona has reciprocity with California, Nevada, and Utah.
Arkansas Contractor License – Requires a minimum of six years experience at the master level, two of those years must have been spent working as a licensed journeyman. The license fee is $86 per year and must be renewed annually. In addition to the required experience and education, a licensing examination must be successfully passed that is based upon the National Electrical Codes.
California Contractor License – Requires a minimum of four years, or 8000 hours, experience working in the field at the level of a journeyman or greater. You must apply to take the Electrical C-10 examination through the state. Licenses are valid for two years. Reciprocity is in place with Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.
Colorado Contractor License – Requires a minimum of four years experience for journeyman and five years experience for the master electrician license. The examination costs $76 and covers the initial cost of the license which is good for three years. Renewal requires continuing education. Reciprocity is in place with several states.
Connecticut Contractor License – Can be held in several area of specialization. Each requires six years of experience or licensing first as a journeyman with two years experience. Each specialization has its own test. Licenses must be renewed yearly and continuing education credits are required. No reciprocity is offered.
Delaware Contractor License – Requires six years experience or four years experience and two years worth of academic training. The license costs $132 and is good for two years. Continuing education credits are required. The state offers reciprocity to licensed electrical contractors in several other states.
Florida Contractor License – Requires six years training and experience along with successful completion of an examination. Certified electricians can work statewide and must pay a license fee of $300 every two years. The registered electrician license is for local work only and costs $125. Continuing education credits are required. Reciprocity in the form of endorsement is in place for certain states.
Georgia Contractor License – Is awarded upon completion of at least four years work experience and exam completion. There is a Class I and Class II option. Class I limits work to systems of 200 amperes or less. Licenses are good for two years and cost $75 to renew. Continuing education credits are required and licensure by endorsement is accepted from select states.
Hawaii Contractor License – Requires at least five years experience and completion of an open book exam. A supervisory electrician license requires an additional four years experience. The license fee is $225 for three years and the renewal fee is $80.
Idaho Contractor License – Requirements include a minimum of two years work experience as a licensed journeyman and successful completion of an examination. The license costs $125 and must be renewed annually. Idaho offers reciprocity with Colorado, Alaska, Montana, Minnesota, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Utah, and Wyoming.
Illinois Contractor License – There is currently no statewide Illinois electrical contractor licensure. Instead, the responsibility for licensing rests with local municipalities based upon the National Electrical Codes. Requirements and fees vary by location.
Indiana Contractor License – Indiana does not offer a statewide Indiana electrical contractor license. Electricians are licensed at the local level instead. Six years of training and experience are generally required along with successful completion of the Indiana Master Electrician examination. Exact requirements may vary among jurisdictions.
Iowa Contractor License – Is awarded when you submit verifiable proof of work experience and pass a licensing exam with a score of at least 75%. The license is good for three years and costs $375. Renewals cost $125 and need continuing education credits. Iowa does not offer reciprocity.
Kansas Contractor License – The state of Kansas does not issue statewide licenses for electrical contractors. Instead, electricians must contact local jurisdictions for regulations concerning experience, training, testing, and licensure. Kansas does not offer reciprocity.
Louisiana Contractor License – A Louisiana electrical contractor license is required if you contract work with the public or install fire or burglar alarms. Licensure requires an examination taken in Baton Rouge along with notarized supporting documents that show proof of financial stability and experience. License fee is $200 and requires continuing education for renewal. Louisiana has reciprocity with a few other states, but the business portion of the exam must still be taken in Louisiana.
Kentucky Contractor License – Is needed to contract work with the public and pull work permits in the state. You must also possess a master electrician license or hire someone who has one. The license costs $200 initially and for renewal. Continuing education credits are required. Kentucky has reciprocity with Ohio, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Maine Contractor License – Maine offers a master electrician license and journeyman license. A master electrician needs 4000 hours work experience as a journeyman and a score of at least 70% on the licensing examination. The license fee is $150 and must be renewed at a fee of $150; in addition, continuing education credits are required. Maine has reciprocity with Vermont and New Hampshire.
Maryland Contractor License – Maryland offers a state master electrician license and local licenses issued by various counties and cities. The requirements for local licensure vary by jurisdiction. The state master license requires seven years work experience and completion of an exam. The license initially is $20 and must be renewed every two years at $25. Maryland has in-state reciprocity and reciprocity with Virginia and Delaware.
Massachusetts Electrician License – Massachusetts has two licensing options for electricians: the journeyman license and the master license. The master license requires one year experience working as a licensed journeyman. Licensees are renewed every three years and require continuing education units. The master license costs $155 and the journeyman costs $104. Massachusetts has reciprocity with New Hampshire.
Michigan Contractor License – The Michigan electrical contractor license is issued to holders of a master electrician license or to someone who employs a master electrician. Certain cities enforce their own local licensing laws as well. Licenses are good for a period of three years and cost $300. A state examination is necessary for licensure. Michigan may grant reciprocity on an individual basis but does not have agreements in place with specific states.
Minnesota Contractor License – A Minnesota electrical contractor license can be given to a company or individual without testing and experience as long as the individual holds a master electrician license or the company hires a master electrician. The cost of the license is $220 and it must be renewed every two years. A master electrician license requires experience and successful completion of an examination. Minnesota has reciprocity with Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Mississippi Contractor License – Mississippi has a statewide licensing process for contractors working on jobs over $50,000. Local jurisdictions have authority over other electricians. A commercial Mississippi electrical contractor license is $200 per year. Residential licenses are $100 yearly and each additional specialty is $50. Reciprocity is in place with South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama.
Missouri Contractor License – There is no statewide Missouri electrical contractor license. Electrical codes are determined, and licenses are issued, at the local level. Requirements vary by jurisdiction but standard education and experience levels apply along with successful completion of a test. Reciprocity is determined on an individual basis.
Montana Contractor License – The Montana electrical contractor license can be obtained by paying the required fees and submitting proof of insurance coverage as long as you hold a master electrician license or hire someone who does. A master license requires work experience as a journeyman with supervisory experience. Reciprocity is in place with several states for the journeyman level license only.
Nebraska Contractor License – The Nebraska electrical contractor license is good for two years and requires continuing education credits to renew. The license fee depends upon the year the license is issued. The renewal fee for the contractor license is $250 and journeyman license is $50. Exams are administered by the state. Reciprocity varies depending upon the type of Nebraska electrician license issued.
Nevada Contractor License – The Nevada electrical contractor license requires proof of work experience and education along with proof of financial stability, industrial insurance coverage, and permission for a background check. The license fee is $600 every two years. Two tests are required but there is no requirement for continuing education credits. There is no reciprocity with other state for the Nevada electrical contractor license.
New Hampshire Contractor License – The New Hampshire electrician license comes in two forms: the master license and the journeyman. Both require specified hours of on the job experience and approved education followed by an official licensing examination. The licenses are good for three years and require continuing education credits to renew. Reciprocity is in place with several states.
New Jersey Contractor License – The New Jersey electrical contractor license is awarded after meeting specific educational and experience guidelines that vary according to the level of education you received. An exam is required as well as continuing education credits. The license is good for three years. The New Jersey electrical contractor license is $150 and the journeyman license is $60. There is no reciprocity in New Jersey.
New Mexico Contractor License – A New Mexico electrical contractor license requires proof of financial and professional stability along with successful completion of an examination that focuses on business and law practices. The license is good for three years and costs $300. A journeyman license costs $75 for three years. There is no reciprocity for the New Mexico electrical contractor license but the journeyman license has a policy in place with several states.
New York Contractor License – The state of New York does not issue a statewide license for electrical contractors or journeymen. Regulations for electrical codes, testing, training, and licensure are left up to individual jurisdictions. Because there is no uniformity there is no license reciprocity with other states.
North Carolina Contractor License – North Carolina offers ten options for the electrical contractor license. Each requires successful completion of an examination and a required number of years of experience. The licenses are good for a period of one year and need continuing education credits for renewal. Reciprocity is in place with several states. The licenses range from $60 to $150 per year.
North Dakota Contractor License – North Dakota offers a class B electrician license, journeyman license, and three categories of licenses for the master electrician. Examinations are given by the state electrical board. Licenses are renewed yearly and require continuing education credits. Reciprocity is available; states vary depending upon the type of license.
Ohio Contractor License – The Ohio electrical contractor license requires at least five years experience, proof of liability insurance, a criminal background check, and passage of a test on the trade. The license is good for one year and requires continuing education credits for renewal. Ohio has reciprocity with Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana, and West Virginia.
Oklahoma Contractor License – The Oklahoma electrical contractor license is available in three forms: limited, unlimited, and residential. The state also licenses unlimited, residential, and refinery journeymen. Licensure requires passing a test and accumulating number of years experience depending upon the license sought. Oklahoma has reciprocity with several other states.
Oregon Contractor License – You can obtain an Oregon electrical contractor license after taking a business and law exam if you have a licensed electrician in your employ. Otherwise you must become a licensed electrician and pass the trade exam as well. Oregon electrician licenses are good for three years and most require continuing education credits to renew. Reciprocity is available with some states depending upon the type of license.
Pennsylvania Contractor License – There is no state issued Pennsylvania electrical contractor license. Local jurisdictions in the state are responsible for regulating and licensing electricians so requirements will vary among locations. There is a state license for electrical inspectors that is valid for three years and requires testing and continuing education credits to obtain.
Rhode Island Contractor License – The Rhode Island electrical contractor license can be issued to a licensed journeyperson or a business that employs a licensed journeyperson. Electrician licenses are good for two years and cost $120 for the electrical contractor license and $36 for the journeyperson.
South Carolina Contractor License – The South Carolina electrical contractor license can be awarded to an individual or a company that employs a qualified individual. Three tests are required along with submission of documents that attest to education, experience, and financial status. The license is $350 and is good for two years.
South Dakota Contractor License – The South Dakota electrical contractor license requires two years experience as a licensed journeyman. All electrician licenses in South Dakota require examinations and experience requirements. They are good for two years and require continuing education credits to renew. Reciprocity varies with each license type.
Tennessee Contractor License – The Tennessee electrical contractor license can be issued by the state or a local municipality. One state license, the CE, is for jobs over $25,000 and the other is for lesser jobs. The CE license is accepted in local jurisdictions while the other license usually is not. Requirements for licensure at the local level vary by city.
Texas Contractor License – The Texas electrical contractor license can be issued to you if you hold a master electrician license or have a master electrician on your payroll. The Texas master electrician license allows you to do all kinds of electrical work if you have experience as a journeyman. Texas electrician licenses need to be renewed yearly and most require CEUs. Reciprocity is offered to select states depending upon the type of license.
Utah Contractor License – The Utah electrical contractor license can be obtained at the master or journeyman level. Both require a test that needs a passing score of 75%. The licenses must be renewed every two years and continuing education is required. Reciprocity is offered with various states depending upon license type.
Vermont Contractor License – The Vermont electrical contractor license is issued as a master license, journeyman, or specialty electrician license. The licenses need to be renewed every three years and continuing education credits are required. Reciprocity is offered for New Hampshire and Maine.
Virginia Contractor License – The Virginia electrical contractor license is issued in three levels depending upon the dollar amount of individual jobs and yearly income. The state also issues master electrician and journeyman licenses. All licenses need to be renewed every two years. Continuing education credits are required for master and journeyman level. Virginia has no reciprocity.
Washington Contractor License – The Washington electrical contractor license can be awarded to you as a licensed electrician or because you employ one. You can also obtain an administrator, master, or journeyman license. Licenses are good for three years. There is no reciprocity in Washington.
West Virginia Contractor License – West Virginia issues a master electrician license, journeyman license, and several specialty licenses. They are good for one year; continuing education credits are not required for renewal. West Virginia has reciprocity with various states depending upon the license.
Wisconsin Contractor License – The Wisconsin electrical contractor license and other electrician licenses are issued by the state but each local municipality has the authority to determine what licenses are required to perform specific job tasks. The Wisconsin electrical licenses are good for four years. Some licenses require continuing education credits and there is no reciprocity with other states.
Wyoming Contractor License – A Wyoming electrical contractor license is issued to a master electrician or a company that employs a master electrician. Electrician licenses are good for 1-3 years. Most require continuing education credits and an examination. Reciprocity is offered with various states depending upon the type of license.
You can see the requirements for licensure and renewal vary between states and some states offer reciprocity for examinations with other specific states. Therefore, it is best to verify through official sources what the current regulations are for your home state before beginning the application process.