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Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Do I need a license to work in Delaware if I am licensed in another state?
  2. How do I apply for licensure?
  3. Do you have reciprocity?
  4. How long does the licensure process take?
  5. How much does it cost to apply for licensure?
  6. Whom do I contact with questions about the current electrical code used in Delaware?
  7. If I am an employee of a company, school district or state agency, do I need a license to do electrical work for my employer?

Answers

 

Do I need a license to work in Delaware if I am licensed in another state?

Answer: Yes. The Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners must issue you a license to work in Delaware.

 

How do I apply for licensure?

Answer: Expand the Licensure menu on the left and click on the type of license you want.

 

Do you have reciprocity?

Answer: Yes. If you are currently licensed by another juridiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia),  you may apply by reciprocity. The requirements vary depending on whether any jurisdiction where you hold a current license has licensure standards that are substantially similar to Delaware’s standards. If your current license was issued by a jurisdiction where the standards are not substantially similar to Delaware’s standards, you must provide proof of practice for at least five years after licensure. For complete instructions, see Licensure Requirements.

 

How long does the licensure process take?

Answer: It depends on how long it takes for the Board office to receive all the required documents and whether the Board needs to review your application at its regular monthly meeting.  Generally, allow 4-8 weeks to receive your license.

 

How much does it cost to apply for licensure?

Answer: See Fee Schedule.

 

Whom do I contact with questions about the current electrical code used in Delaware?

Answer: The State Fire Marshall’s Office adopts, with amendments, the version of the National Electrical Code (NEC) used in Delaware (e.g. 2008). This is not available online.

Licensed Delaware electrical inspection agencies use the current NEC as adopted by the State Fire Marshall’s Office to perform inspections in Delaware. Contact a licensed electrical inspection agency with any questions about the electrical code. A list of agencies is available on the Homeowner Permit Application.

 

If I am an employee of a company, school district or state agency, do I need a license to do electrical work for my employer?

Answer: Generally, you must have an electrical license even if you are doing electrical work only for your employer. However, see 24 Del. C. §1419 in the License Law for a list of exceptions.


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