Current License Period
Original Master Electrician will expire on a 2 year basis from original licensing date.
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. Currently there
is not reciprocity with licensees from other states.
Important Notice to Master Electricians in Maryland and West Virginia
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal and the Maryland Board of Master Electricians have entered
into an agreement to waive the written exam for any individual who currently holds a master
electrician license issued by either Maryland or West Virginia, which is in good standing, if
the individual passed the written licensure exam in obtaining the other State's master electrician
license, and is otherwise qualified.
This means that an individual who is licensed by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal may apply
to the State Board of Master Electricians without having to take the Maryland written licensure
exam, so long as the applicant passed the licensure exam in West Virginia and has held the license
for at least 2 years, in good standing.
Likewise, any individual who currently holds a license issued by the Maryland Board of Master
Electricians, may apply to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal may without having to take the West
Virginia written licensure exam, so long as the applicant passed the licensure exam in Maryland, and
currently is in good standing.
Each licensing authority will review the applications submitted under this agreement to ensure
that applicants are otherwise eligible to obtain a license.
The Maryland Board of Master Electricians has a similar agreement with Delaware and Virginia, as
well as local jurisdictions in Maryland.
Virginia State Fire Marshal has similar agreements with the following jurisdictions:
- Virginia - Master and Journeyman Classifications
- Ohio - Master Classification
- North Carolina - Master Classification
- Kentucky - Master and Journeyman Classifications
- West Virginia Division of Labor, Contractor's Board - Master Classification
The Board issues license, through reciprocity to individuals,
who hold a current master electrician's license in
one of the Maryland counties or Baltimore City.
Other Electrical Licenses in Maryland
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 an individual were
interested in obtaining a lesser license than a master electrician’s
license, then it would be necessary 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.