Owners of single-family detached dwellings who wish to perform their own electrical work in their own home may qualify to do so by passing an examination. In order to take the examination, the following criteria must be met:
Homeowner's examinations are administered by DPS every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.. Because test space is limited, an appointment must be scheduled in advance by calling (240) 777-0311.
The examination is based on the department's currently adopted edition of the National Electrical Code. The code book is provided to the applicant at the test site. No other materials belonging to the applicant may be used. The examination is specific to the type of electrical work to be done.
The total fee to take the exam is $78.75. This includes a base fee of $75.00 plus a 5% automation enhancement fee. You are allowed one attempt within a calendar year to retake the exam after failing the initial exam. The total fee to take the re-examination is $78.75
When will the Permit be Issued?
Electrical permits are usually issued on a while-you-wait basis.