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You can perform electrical work* in Minnesota if you are:

  • At least 17 years old.

  • Licensed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) or registered with DLI as a registered unlicensed electrician.

  • A W-2 employee of a licensed electrical contractor or registered electrical employer, or the owner of a licensed electrical contractor.

You can perform electrical work* without a license if:

  • You are registered with DLI as a registered unlicensed electrician.

  • Your work falls under the scope of the work the employer is authorized to perform.

  • Your work is always directly supervised by a licensed journeyworker or master electrician.

  • You and the supervising licensed electrician must be employed by the same licensed electrical contractor or registered electrical employer.

    • A licensed employee of one company cannot supervise the unlicensed employees of another company.

  • A licensed electrician may not supervise more than two unlicensed individuals

*NOTE: Electrical work is defined as the installing, altering, repairing, planning, or laying out of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat, power, technology circuits or systems, or other purposes.


Registered unlicensed electrician

  • Apply online or submit the completed application forms and $14 application fee.

  • You will be assigned a registration number that begins with the letters "RE."

  • Your registration will be valid for one year from the end of the month in which you become registered.

Registration renewal

View more information about registered unlicensed electricians.


Journeyworker electrician exam and license

Credit for work experience will be granted if you:

  • Were actively registered with DLI as a registered unlicensed electrician while working in Minnesota after Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Were employed by an electrical contractor actively licensed by DLI, or an employer who is registered by DLI as a registered employer.

  • Performed verifiable work experience while working for a licensed electrical contractor in another state.

Credit for work experience cannot be granted if you:

  • Were not registered with DLI as a registered unlicensed electrician while working in Minnesota after Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Were employed by a company that was not licensed by DLI as an electrical contractor or registered with DLI as a registered electrical employer.

The exam

If you do not pass the exam you must wait 30 days before reapplying. Once you have passed the exam you will be given instructions on how to pay for your license.

License renewal

Journeyworker licenses expire every two years at the end of the month in which the license was originally issued. To renew your license:


Master electrician exam and license

The exam

Too qualify to take the master exam you must have:

  • a degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university, or

  • one year of experience working as a journeyworker electrician, or

  • five years of experience in planning for, laying out, supervising and installing wiring, apparatus or equipment for electric light, heat and power.

Submit an application to take the license exam along with the exam fee. When you are approved to take the exam you will receive instructions about how to schedule the license exam.

License renewal

Master licenses expire on the last day of February of each odd-numbered year.

  • To renew your license, complete 16 hours of DLI-approved continuing education (12 hours relating to the National Electrical Code and four hours of non-code content).

  • Submit the license renewal fee of $88. A late fee of $37.50 is added for late renewals.


Where can I find information about contractor licensing requirements?

View contractor electrical licensing requirements.

Questions?

Contact us at dli.license@state.mn.us or 651-284-5031.