DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

 

Apply for License - Maryland Board of Master Electricians

 

Current License Period
Original Master Electrician will expire on a 2 year basis from original licensing date.

Reciprocal Licensing
The Board issues licenses through reciprocity to individuals holding a current master electrician's license in the states of either Delaware, Virginia or West Virginia. Currently there is not reciprocity with licensees from other states.

Important Notice to Master Electricians in Maryland and West Virginia

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal and the Maryland Board of Master Electricians have entered into an agreement to waive the written exam for any individual who currently holds a master electrician license issued by either Maryland or West Virginia, which is in good standing, if the individual passed the written licensure exam in obtaining the other State's master electrician license, and is otherwise qualified.

This means that an individual who is licensed by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal may apply to the State Board of Master Electricians without having to take the Maryland written licensure exam, so long as the applicant passed the licensure exam in West Virginia and has held the license for at least 2 years, in good standing.

Likewise, any individual who currently holds a license issued by the Maryland Board of Master Electricians, may apply to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal may without having to take the West Virginia written licensure exam, so long as the applicant passed the licensure exam in Maryland, and currently is in good standing.

Each licensing authority will review the applications submitted under this agreement to ensure that applicants are otherwise eligible to obtain a license.

The Maryland Board of Master Electricians has a similar agreement with Delaware and Virginia, as well as local jurisdictions in Maryland.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal has similar agreements with the following jurisdictions:

  • Virginia - Master and Journeyman Classifications
  • Ohio - Master Classification
  • North Carolina - Master Classification
  • Kentucky - Master and Journeyman Classifications
  • West Virginia Division of Labor, Contractor's Board - Master Classification

The Board issues license, through reciprocity to individuals, who hold a current master electrician's license in one of the Maryland counties or Baltimore City.

Other Electrical Licenses in Maryland
The State Board of Master Electricians issues only one license, Master Electrician. In Maryland the actual performance license to perform electrical work is issued by each of the local jurisdictions. Many of the local jurisdictions do issue additional categories of electrical licenses. All of these licenses are LESSER than a Master Electrician. For example some jurisdictions may issue a "general electrician", "limited electrician", or "low voltage" license as examples. If an individual were interested in obtaining a lesser license than a master electrician’s license, then it would be necessary to contact the local jurisdiction where you would anticipate working and determine if they offer a lesser license and the qualifications. Not all jurisdictions offer a lesser license. In those jurisdictions that do not, an individual would need a master electrician’s license to perform any electrical work.