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  • Online Services – You can find everything about professional licensing here at www.delaware.gov
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  • Telephone – (302) 744-4500, Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. We are closed on State Holidays.
  • Mailing Address – Division of Professional Regulation
    • Cannon Building, Suite 203
    • 861 Silver Lake Blvd.
    • Dover, Delaware 19904
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  • Office Location – Division of Professional Regulation
    • 861 Silver Lake Blvd, Suite 203
    • Dover, DE 19904
    • Latitude/Longitude 39.174393, -75.536107 or View Map

How to Apply for an Electrical License?

All applications are submitted to our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.

Requirements for an Apprentice license

  • In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:
    • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
    • A copy of or links to the law and rules and regulations from each state, U.S. territory or the District of Columbia where you hold a current residential electrician license.
      • You do not need to provide licensure law and regulations from jurisdictions that are not states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia (e.g., cities or counties).
    • A Verification of Employment form(s) showing proof of your 4,000 hours full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed master electrician, limited electrician, or have been individually licensed.
      • If you cannot obtain a Verification of Employment form for one or more periods of employment (e.g., your former employer has gone out of business), you may substitute tax form W-2s for those periods. However, you must include a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form and a detailed outline of your experience.
    • A certificate of completion of apprenticeship from a state-approved, bona fide, registered apprenticeship program such as a program approved by the Department of Labor or a Board-approved program if you completed a Residential Apprentice program.

    Journeyperson Electrician

    Types of electrician licensure include Master, Master Special, Limited, Limited Special, Journeyperson, Residential, and Apprentice (24 Del. C. 1408 (a)).

    A Journeyperson Electrician license allows you to perform electrical services under supervision while you gain more experience and master the skills that you will need to pass the examinations for Master, Limited, Master Special or Limited Special Electrician licensure.

    Application Types for your Journeyman Electrician License

    There are several ways that you can apply for your Journeyman Electrician license. The way you apply determines what documentation you are required to submit with your application. The information below should help you determine which way to apply in DELPROS, our online portal, and what documents to submit. DELPROS asks you to answer a few questions in order to determine your pathway to licensure and then it leads you to the correct online application based on your answers. The choices of ways to apply are examination, reciprocity, or certification.

    • Apply for licensure by certificate if you hold a certificate of completion issued by the Department of Labor or approved apprentice program in Delaware or other states, a U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. If you qualify for licensure by certificate, you do not have to pass a journeyperson examination.
    • Apply by examination if you:
      • do not hold a current journeyperson license issued by another state, U.S. territory, or District of Columbia, AND
      • do not have a certificate of completion issued by a Department of Labor or approved apprentice program in another state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
    • If you apply by examination, you must pass the journeyperson examination.
      • Apply by Reciprocity if you:
        • hold a current journeyperson license issued by another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia.
        • Note: In Pennsylvania, electrical licenses are not issued by a state board. If the only current license(s) you hold was issued by a Pennsylvania municipality or other jurisdiction, you must apply by examination.
        • The Board will determine whether the licensure requirements in any jurisdiction where you hold a current license are substantially similar to those of Delaware. To make this determination, the Board reviews and compares the law and regulations of the other jurisdiction(s) to Delaware’s law and regulations.
        • If at least one jurisdiction where you hold a current license has substantially similar licensure requirements to Delaware, you qualify for a reciprocity and you do not need to have five years of full-time experience.
        • If none of the jurisdictions where you hold a current license has substantially similar licensure requirements to Delaware, and if you have five years of full-time, supervised experience, you qualify for reciprocity and do not have to pass an exam.
        • If none of the jurisdictions where you hold a current license has substantially similar licensure requirements to Delaware, and if you do not have five years full-time, supervised experience, you do not qualify for reciprocity and must pass the journeyperson exam.

Note: The determination of substantial equivalence may change based, for example, on changes in the other jurisdiction’s law.

Residential Electrician

  • A Residential Electrician allows you to conduct residential electrical work without having to be under the direct onsite supervision of a licensed master electrician, master electrician special, limited electrician, limited electrician special or journeyperson electrician. Residential Electricians are only allowed to perform electric work:
    • on or within a residential dwelling or building prior to the dwelling or building being connected to the electric grid.
    • to or beyond the breaker panel or fuse box in a residential dwelling or building. For more information see (24 Del. C. §1422A.)
    • To be licensed as a Residential Electrician in Delaware, you must:
      • have over 4000 hours of full-time experience or have completed a residential apprentice program approved by the board AND
      • pass the residential examination.

Even if you hold a current residential license issued in any jurisdiction (State, U.S. territory, District of Columbia) or a certificate of completion issued by the Department of Labor or approved apprentice program in Delaware or any jurisdiction, you must pass the Residential Electrical Examination to be licensed in Delaware. When the Board approves your application, the Board office sends you the examination registration form and instructions. For more information, see Exam Information.

Types of Licenses (Electrical)

Types of electrician licensure in Delaware include Master, Master Special, Limited, Limited Special, Journeyperson, Residential and Apprentice (24 Del. C. 1408 (a)).

If you have completed all education and experience requirements of an approved apprenticeship program and received your certificate of completion, you may apply for either a Residential, Journeyperson, or other types of Electrician license. Journeyperson Electrician licensure allows you to perform electrical services under supervision while you obtain more experience and master the skills that you will need to pass the examination for the other types of Electrician licensure.

  • If you do not qualify as a Master Electrician but have knowledge in an area(s) of specialty, you may apply for a Master Electrician Special license in one of these specialty areas:
    • Electric Signs
    • Elevators
    • HVAC
    • Primary Distribution Systems
    • Pools
    • Refrigeration
    • If you do not qualify as a Limited Electrician but have knowledge in an area(s) of specialty, you may apply for a Limited Electrician Special license in one of these specialty areas:
      • HVAC
      • Pools

      If you have more than one specialty area, you must submit a separate application for each area in DELPROS, our online portal.

      Reciprocity Process

      You may apply for a Master/Limited Electrician license by Exam or by Reciprocity. The way you apply determines what documentation you are required to submit with your application. The information below should help you determine which way to apply in DELPROS, our online portal, and what documents to submit. DELPROS asks you to answer a few questions in order to determine your pathway to licensure and then it leads you to the correct online application based on your answers. The choices of ways to apply are: examination and reciprocity.

      • Apply by examination if you do not hold a current electrical license of the same type for which you are now applying that was issued by another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia.
      • Apply by reciprocity if you hold a current license of the same type for which you are now applying that was issued by another state, U.S. territory, or District of Columbia.

      Note: In the state of Pennsylvania, electrical licenses are not issued by a state board. If the only current license(s) you hold was issued by a Pennsylvania municipality or other jurisdiction, you must apply by examination.

      Note: All Electrical examinations are based on the most up-to-date National Electrical Code (NEC).

      After Passing the Electrical Exam

      • You must obtain a minimum score of 75% to pass the exam. If you have not already done so, submit proof of liability insurance of at least $300,000 to the Board office (proof of insurance only applies to Master and Limited Electrician).
      • Allow up to two weeks for the Board office to receive your official examination score. Once the Board office receives your passing score and validates that you have met all requirements for licensure, your license will be issued.
      • You will receive an email notification stating your license has been issued including any additional details about license renewal and/or continuing education requirements.

      Information About Renewals for All Licenses

      For information on license renewals please click here

      More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions

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