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Master Electrician's License


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

Limited and Unlimited Master Electrician's must have an electrical business license entitling them to perform such work (see Electrical Business License)


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.

Is there a Law that Applies?

Montgomery County Code , Search Chapter 17

Annotated Code of the State of Maryland.

What is the Application Process?

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.

What is the Purpose of a Photo ID?

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.

What is Required to take the Master Electrician's Examination?

The Board of Electrical Examiners reviews the application and supporting documents.

A completed application form is required, along with letters of reference verifying a minimum of eight (8) years of experience under the supervision of a Master Electrician. Also required is a payment of $77.25.

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.

What is the Process for Applicants Approved for Licensure?

Applicants receive a letter specifying the exam score and requesting the license fee of $181.28 for two years, non-refundable.

  • Provide the applicable business affiliation Information, OR
  • Request an Inactive Master's license.

After receipt of the fee and required information, the license, photo ID, and fee receipt are mailed to the applicant, usually within two weeks.

What is the Process for Applicants Disapproved for Licensure?

Applicants receive a letter stating the exam scores, along with an application for re-examination. The fee for re-examination is $31.93. Applicants may retest at the next available test date.

How is the License Renewed?

Electrical Master’s license expire every two years. Renewal notices are usually mailed to the licensee's last known address six to eight weeks prior to expiration of the license, however it is ultimately the licensee’s responsibility to ensure their license is renewed in a timely fashion. Written change-of-address notifications are critical to the renewal process.

In order to renew Master’s must complete the renewal form which can be found here:

If the Master did not test with the Montgomery County Board of Examiners in order to obtain their license initially, they must provide with the completed application a current copy of the Electrical Masters license from the jurisdiction they reciprocated from. The fee for renewal is $181.28 total for two years, non-refundable.

A photo is needed in order to generate the renewed ID card. Photos may be submitted in of the three following ways:

1.)  E-mail a headshot picture in JPEG format to

2.) Mail a headshot picture on a CD in JPEG format to Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services at 255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor Rockville MD, 20850-4166.

3.) Come into the DPS office, sign-in at the information desk, and meet with a permit technician face-to-face. We can take you photo and create a license card while you are in the office.

What are the Consequences of Failure to Renew a License?

Renewal applications received more than ten (10) business days after the expiration date of the license are subject to a late renewal fee of $60.77. Renewal applications received more than six (6) months beyond the expiration date will not be accepted.

Application Package
  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
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Frequently Asked Questions
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In Montgomery County 311
Outside of Montgomery County 240-777-0311
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
  Historical Society
  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)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  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.