Apply for a New Residential Appliance Installer License

A Residential Appliance Installer is licensed to perform electrical work that is limited to residential appliance installation, including residential pool-related electrical installation and maintenance, on behalf of a residential appliance installation contractor.


Who Must be Licensed?

With the exception of certain allowed exemptions, anyone who performs electrical work in the state of Texas must be licensed.

Electrical work is defined as:

  • Any labor or material used in installing, maintaining or extending an electrical wiring system and the appurtenances, apparatus or equipment used in connection with the use of electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to a building, residence, structure, property, or premises
  • Service entrance conductors, as defined by the National Electrical Code.

Experience Qualifications

There are no experience requirements needed to apply for a license as a Residential Appliance Installer.


Application and Fee

Submit a completed Residential Appliance Installer License Application Form (PDF) with the non-refundable $30 application fee to:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin TX, 78711-2157

Residential Appliance Installer licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. Renewals may be completed online.


Examination

After your completed application has been received and verified, you will receive notification that you are approved to take the licensing exam.

Please see the examinations page for detailed information, including required fees.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.

The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for or renew a license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.

Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.