Texas Licensed Electricians

Questions regarding the statewide licensure of electricians in Texas may be directed to TDLR at electricians@tdlr.texas.gov

or send mail to:

TDLR Electricians Program
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711

Electrician Licensing

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about using military experience, service, training or education or about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military FAQs page.

The Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda will be posted when it is ready. The meeting will be broadcast live on TDLR's web site.

REMINDER: 2014 National Electrical Code Becomes Effective September 1, 2014 - find out more

Your Voice Matters: Feedback for TDLR's Electricians Program

NFPA Training for NEC 2014 – TDLR is offering NFPA training on August 6, 2014, in Austin, TX.  This no-cost training is available ONLY to Licensed or Certified Electrical Inspectors, currently employed by a government entity, holding an ICC or IAEI License.  No Continuing Education credits are available for this course.  Space is limited and training offered on a first registered basis, with emailed confirmation of acceptance. Download and complete the NFPA Registration Form.

John LewisTDLR is pleased to announce the appointment of John Lewis of Buda to serve as the head of the Electrical Sign Task Force and as consultant to the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board. Mr. Lewis was appointed to these roles by TDLR Executive Director Bill Kuntz and replaces the late Lonnie Stabler, who served in this capacity until his untimely passing in December 2013. Mr. Lewis is the immediate past president of the Texas Sign Association and holds certificates as a TDLR Master Sign Electrician and City of Austin Restricted Sign Master. He is also President of Lewis Sign Company, Inc. of Buda, a family-owned sign company in business since 1977.

Call for Subject Matter Experts – Texas Electricians Program Application to Assist in Maintaining the State of Texas Electrical Exams

TDLR and PSI, the vendor under contract to develop and administer examinations, are seeking Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to review and evaluate electrician exam content, questions, and reference lists. The participation of knowledgeable SMEs ensures competency levels for electricians and helps protect the public from dangerous construction practices. Applicants should have broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession and familiarity with current techniques, standards, and materials. Successful applicants must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding exam content. If interested, please complete this Application for the Texas Electrical Exam Development Committee, and know that your offer to serve is greatly appreciated by TDLR and the citizens of the State of Texas.


Amendments to Administrative Rules
Electrician Fee Changes
Adoption of revised 2014 National Electrical Code


TDLR amended the Electrician administrative rules on November 21, 2013 to implement changes in the Electrician law created by House Bill 796, authored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson and enacted in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature. HB 796 amended the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act and updated the current technical standard to the current edition of the National Electrical Code. HB 796 also created a new license type, Journeyman Lineman.

These changes took effect January 1, 2014 and will:

  • add a new license type, Journeyman Lineman (available June 1, 2014);
  • allow a Journeyman Lineman licensee to obtain a reciprocal license in an equivalent state without examination;
  • add continuing education requirements for Journeyman Lineman licensees, consistent with other TDLR license classes;
  • add journeyman lineman to the list of emergency licenses that may be granted in case of a declared emergency; and
  • update technical requirements by adopting the most recent edition of the National Electrical Code as adopted by the National Fire Protection Association, Inc.

For more information about the TDLR Electricians program,contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or 800-803-9202. Also, you can sign up to receive TDLR Email Updates to be notified about any further changes or updates to the Electricians program.


Electrician Fee Changes - On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved a reduction in the license and renewal fees for many license types in the Electricians program. TDLR estimates this fee reduction will result in a savings for licensees of $660,890 annually, with an estimated five-year savings of $3,304,450.

The following fee reductions take effect January 1, 2014 for initial applications and February 1, 2014 for renewals:

Master Electrician:


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Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $50
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $45
Savings: 10%

Master Sign Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $50
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $45
Savings: 10%

Journeyman Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $35
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $30
Savings: 14.2%

Journeyman Sign Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $35
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $30
Savings: 14.2%

Residential Wireman:


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Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $25
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $20
Savings: 20%

Maintenance Electrician:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $25
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $20
Savings: 20%

Electrical Contractor:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $115
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $110
Savings: 4.3%

Electrical Sign Contractor: Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $115
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $110
Savings: 4.3%

Residential Appliance Installer:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $35
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $30
Savings: 14.2%

Residential Appliance Installation Contractor:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $115
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $110
Savings: 4.3%

Apprentice Training Program Registration:
Current Initial or Renewal License Fee: $100
NEW Initial or Renewal License Fee: $95
Savings: 5%

“These savings result from the fee review we conduct each year, as part of our vision of ‘Smaller, Smarter Government’,” said TDLR Executive Director William Kuntz. “TDLR ensures that our license fees are reasonable and only cover the actual cost of administering our programs. With these fee reductions, our licensees and the public will receive the same high level of service but now at a lower cost.”

At their November 21st meeting, the Commission lowered fees for more than 400,000 TDLR licensees. TDLR estimates the total savings for all licensees will amount to nearly $6 million each year, with an estimated five-year savings of $29,661,245.

“I’m proud that TDLR is leading the way to lower economic barriers for entry into the Texas workforce while helping businesses grow and keep more money in their pockets,” said Commission Chairman Mike Arismendez. “With these fee reductions, TDLR licensees will save real money now and for years to come.”

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202


2014 National Electrical Code Becomes Effective September 1, 2014

The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2014 NEC as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act.

Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2014 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates that "the authority having jurisdiction may waive specific requirements in this Code or permit alternative methods where it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety."

Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 1, 2014 must be installed in accordance with the 2014 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.

Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who has contracted with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer the state electrician licensing examinations. It is important for license candidates to review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202.

 

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