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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?
  8. Is there a grandfather period (an exam waiver period) for Residential Electrician application?

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: You can apply for a license at any time through DELPROS, our online portal. First, read the instructions and requirements for the type of Electrical license you need on our website.  When you have gathered all the information and documentation required to apply for a license, you may click on any one of the many convenient links throughout the website to get into DELPROS online portal and follow the instructions through the process. You just need to user account to log in, complete the application, upload your supporting documents, and pay the fee with a credit/debit card. We will send you email notifications throughout the application process. When approved, we will notify you that you may print your license.

 

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: With DELPROS, our online professional portal, the application processing is very efficient. However, the amount of time it takes varies based on how quickly the application and all supporting documents are submitted and considered “complete”. When the application is complete, it is reviewed for approval of licensure on or before the next Board meeting. The meeting schedule is available on the State of Delaware public meeting calendar.

 

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. The list of licensed Inspection Agencies are located on the Homeowner Permit webpage .

 

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.

Is there a grandfather period (an exam waiver period) for Residential Electrician application?

Answer: Yes, however, the March 1, 2019 deadline for this period has passed. For more information, see Section 5 of 24 Del. C. HB 457.


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