ASK THE BUSINESS LICENSE GURU

By David Yount

Question:

“I am an electrician from California who has the opportunity to take a job in Baltimore, Maryland. How can I get a license in Maryland?”

Answer:

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 you are interested in obtaining a lesser license than a Master Electrician’s license, then you would need 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.

Baltimore County offers their own license and examination policy. If you are a Master Electrician in the State of Maryland you only need to file your license with the county and will not need to take the county level examination. If you plan on doing work in Maryland in other counties in the future, holding the State Master Electricians license will afford you the ability to work in various counties.

All applicants for a Master Electricians license must be regularly engaged in or employed to provide electrical services for all categories of electrical equipment for at least seven years, while under the direction and supervision of a master electrician. Unfortunately, Maryland does not offer reciprocity with California for this type of license. 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.

Steps to obtain the license include:

  1. receiving pre-approval from the Maryland Board of Master Electricians,
  2. passing an examination, and
  3. submitting the final application.

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