A Master Electrician's License is required when an electrical contractor wishes to obtain a permit to perform electrical work in Montgomery County.
There are three types of Master Electricians' Licenses. Depending on the extent of work to be performed by the electrical contractor, one of the following licenses will be required:
The license is restricted to specific types of electrical work (e.g., heat/air conditioning, signs, or telephones) or specific locations (e.g., apartment buildings).
The licensee may perform any type of electrical work throughout the County
The licensee meets all requirements for a Master Electrician's License, but has no business affiliation. This class of master may not obtain permits, but may work as a Journeyman Electrician.
Montgomery County Code , Search Chapter 17
Annotated Code of the State of Maryland.
Master Electrician's Licenses may be obtained by examination or by reciprocity (by using a qualifying license from the State of Maryland or another jurisdiction in Maryland). These methods have different requirements. (See the application and instructions for complete information). An application, applicable fee, and a current front-faced photo are required to apply for a license. The photo will be used to produce a photo ID card.
In Montgomery County, licensed electricians are required to carry their photo ID's on job sites. Electricians without ID's may be sent away from job sites or fined by County inspectors.
The Board of Electrical Examiners reviews the application and supporting documents. Applicants must have a minimum of eight (8) years of experience under the supervision of a Master Electrician,.
Approved applicants will receive a letter specifying the time, date and place of their examination. Disapproved applicants will receive a letter specifying the reason(s) for disapproval. Disapproved applicants may appeal directly to the Board of Electrical Examiners. Requests should be submitted in writing to the Department of Permitting Services.
Applicants receive a letter specifying the exam score and requesting the license fee of $280.00. At this point the applicant must either:
After receipt of the fee and required information, the license, photo ID, and fee receipt are mailed to the applicant, usually within two weeks. An additional 10% Automation Enhancement Fee is charged on the cost(s) listed above.
Applicants receive a letter specifying the test scores, along with an application for re-examination. The fee for re-examination is $31.00. Applicants may retest at the next available test date.
An additional 10% Automation Enhancement Fee is charged on the cost(s) listed above.
Renewal applications are usually mailed to the licensee's last known address six to eight weeks prior to expiration of the license. Written change-of-address notifications are critical to the renewal process.
Renewal applications received more than ten (10) business days after the expiration date of the license are subject to a late renewal fee of $59.00. Renewal applications received more than six (6) months beyond the expiration date will not be accepted. An additional 10% Automation Enhancement Fee is charged on the cost(s) listed above.
|Application for Electrical Business License Company or Corporation|
|Application for Electrical Business License Sole Proprietorship or Partnership|
|Application for Electrical License Examination|
|Application for Electrical Reciprocal License - Other Jurisdictions|
|Procedure for Reciprocal License - Other Jurisdictions|
|Application for Electrical Reciprocal License - Statewide|
|Procedure for Reciprocal License - Statewide|
|Application for Electrical Re-Examination|
|Application for Renewal Electrical License|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Fee Schedules||Executive Regulations|
|Automation Enhancement Fee||Automation Enhancement Fee|
|Credit Card Authorization Form||Credit Card Authorization Form|
|General Bond Information||Bond Information|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|Montgomery County Code||National Electrical Code|
|Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations|
|None at this Time|
|Residential Inspections||Commercial Electrical Inspections|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Electrical License"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Online Data Seach||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Board of Electrical Examiners Hotline||240-777-6347|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Allegheny Power|
|American Institute of Architects (AIA)|
|American National Standards Institute (ANSI)|
|American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)|
|Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)|
|Board of Appeals|
|International Code Council (ICC)|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Maryland Division of State Documents|
|Masonry Institute of America (MIA)|
|National Glass Association (NGA)|
|MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|
|National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)|
|Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)|
|U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)|
|Washington Gas Light Co.|