State Low Voltage Licensing

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Alabama

People who need to be licensed
Application Process

Contact the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure for an application. For a complete listing of rules and procedures for licensure, visit the web site listed below, and click the section for “rules.”

Fees

$150.00 Administrative Fee (One time fee upon the first application)

See the rules and regulations PDF at the below URL for more information about license fees.

Alaska

License Types
Application Process

A specialty contractor is limited to three non-mechanical trades, such as communications and low voltage alarm and signaling devices. Download the application for the General, Mechanical and Specialty Contractor

Please note that all construction contractors required to be licensed by the State of Alaska MUST first apply for an Alaska Business License. For more information about this, call (907) 465-2550, or visit www.dced.state.ak.us

Fees

Arizona

License Types

Specialty Residential Contracting:

Specialty Dual License Contracting:

Specialty Commercial Contracting:

For a complete list of Contractor’s License Classifications, visit: www.rc.state.az.us.

Application Process

For a list of the steps involved in applying for a license, and to download an application, visit the following link: www.rc.state.az.us.

Arkansas

The State of Arkansas requires special licensing for security alarm system installation/monitoring.

For licensing information with the Arkansas State Police, telephone the Regulatory Services office at: (501) 618-8600

California

The Sate of California requires special licensing for Low Voltage Electrical Contractors, and for the installation and maintenance of burglar alarms.

License Types Low Voltage
Low Voltage Systems Contractor

C-7 License: Low Voltage Systems Contractor
Installs, services and maintains all types of communication and low voltage systems which are energy limited and do not exceed 91 volts. These systems include, telephone systems, sound systems, cable television systems, closed-circuit video systems, satellite dish antennas, instrumentation and temperature controls, and low voltage landscape lighting. Low voltage fire alarm systems are specifically not included in this section.

Application Process

Download an application packet at www.cslb.ca.gov by clicking on the PDF for “Application for Contractor’s License.” Here, applicants can find information and download an application to gain a C-7 License: Low Voltage Systems Contractor.

Fees

Low Voltage/Electric Contractor Single classification: $250

License types required for Burglar alarm work
Application Process

Applications for registration as an alarm agent are available from alarm company operators. To request an application for licensure as an Alarm Company operator or Qualified Manager, call (916) 322-4000 or (800) 952-5210, or visit the BSIS web site.

Application Fees

Connecticut

License Types
Application Process

Applications are available online.

Application Fees

Colorado

The State of Colorado does not license or register burglar alarm or fire alarm installations. Alarm installation and sales businesses are frequently licensed on the local level. Always contact the local city or county government to determine local requirements.

More detailed information

District of Columbia

At this time, the District of Columbia does not appear to have any specialty licensing for low-voltage electrical work.

Delaware

License Types
Download applications
Fees

Contact the Board of Electrical Examiners for more information.

Florida

License Types
Download applications

Georgia

License Type
Application Process

Download applications

Fees

$30.00 non-refundable application fee. No license fee—mailed to applicants within 6 weeks of passing exam. Renewal fee for a two-year period is $75.00

Hawaii

Types of Licenses
Applications

Download applications

Fees

Idaho

Types of Licenses
Application Process

Downloaded an application for a Specialty Electrical License

Downloaded an application for a Specialty Electrical Contractor’s License

Fees

Illinois

No statewide licensing of electrical contractors or journeyman is required. There is separate licensing required for any firm that installs or maintains fire and burglar alarm systems.

Indiana

There is no statewide licensing; though most municipalities have contractor licensing. Some municipalities have low voltage/specialty licensing. Contact the following office for more information:

Iowa

There is no statewide licensing for electrical journeyman, contractors, or specialty licenses. The State Fire Marshal has the authority to inspect for fire hazards.

Kansas

At this time there is no statewide licensing or specialty licensing.

Kentucky

License Types

These licenses are required to perform any electrical work in the state of Kentucky. Please note, however, that workers installing or repairing low-voltage telecommunications systems are exempt from licensure. There is separate licensure for the fire protection alarm systems.

The Fire Protection Systems Section licenses fire protection contractors. Download applications and forms for alarm licenses.

Application Process

Download applications

Fees

Louisiana

License Types
Application Process
Fees

Maine

License Type
Application Process

Download applications

Fees

Maryland

The State Board of Master Electricians issues only one license: Master Electrician. In Maryland the actual performance licenses to perform electrical work is issued by each of the municipalities. Many of the municipalities do issue additional categories of electrical licenses. All of these licenses are “lesser” than a Master Electrician. For example, some local municipalities may issue a “limited electrician”or“low voltage” license. Individuals interested in obtaining a lesser license must contact the local jurisdiction where he or she intends to be doing that kind of work. Not all municipalities offer a lesser license. In the municipalities that do not offer a lesser license, an individual would need to hold a master electrician’s license to perform any kind of electrical work.

Contact the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing if you have any questions.

Massachusetts

License Types

“Systems” include fire warning, and security.

Application Process

Obtain an application

Fees

Fees and renewal information

Michigan

License Types
Application Process

Download the PDF for an Electrical/Fire Alarm/Sign Contractor Examination

Download a PDF for a Fire Alarm Specialty Technician Examination

Fees

Minnesota

License Types
Application Process

Application forms are not available online. You must request all necessary forms from the Minnesota Electricity Board.

Fees

Mississippi

At this time there appears to be no statewide specialty electrical licensing.

Missouri

There is no statewide specialty electrical licensing, however, local jurisdictions do offer specific licensing to perform certain electrical work. Therefore, individuals must contact the specific jurisdiction where the work is to be performed to find out what licensing is necessary.

Montana

License Types
Application Process

Download the Alarm Systems Installer application

Fees

Nebraska

License Types
Application Process

Download a licensing exam application

Fees

Nevada

License Types

The State of Nevada divides contractors into different classifications. There are primary classifications, and sub-classifications. Sub-classifications specify the types of work the contractor will be licensed to perform.

Primary Classification C2- Electrical Contractor
Primary Classification C41- Fire Protection
More information regarding the Classification of Contractors
Application Process

Download application forms

Fees

Please contact the State Contractors Board for information regarding fees.

New Hampshire

At this time, the State of New Hampshire does not appear to have any specialty licensing for low-voltage electrical work.

New Jersey

License Types

The Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee, which is under the supervision of the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, is currently developing rules, regulations and standards to govern the licensing and practice of fire and burglar alarm installers.

Application Process

View the application PDF

Fees
Background Check: $33.00

The Board must conduct a mandatory background check on all Fire Alarm, and Burglar Alarm applicants.

Application: $150.00

Individuals who wish to apply for both a fire alarm and burglar alarm license must fill out two separate applications. The first license applied for will be $150.00. The second license applied for is $100.00.

New Mexico

License Types
Electrical Contractor

Electrical contractors are issued a certificate of competence by the Construction Industries Division. The low voltage certificate types are listed below:

Journeyman Electrician

Low voltage certificate of competence types for journeyman electricians are listed below:

Application Process

Contact the Construction Industries Division for applications.

Fees

The fee for a certificate of competence is $25.00 per year for each classification held.

New York

License Types

No individual may engage in the business of installing, servicing or maintaining security or fire alarm systems or hold him or herself out as being able to do so unless he or she is licensed by the State of New York.

Application Process

Applications cannot be downloaded online. Please use the provided information to order an application:

Fees

There are several payment instruments. Only one payment instrument is required.

  1. Examination and Education: $260.00 (This includes $185 application fee and $75.00 NY State fingerprint fee)
  2. Experience and Education: $275.00 (includes $200.00 application fee and $75.00 NY State Fingerprint fee)
  3. Master Electrician Status: Individuals licensed as master electricians who wish to engage in the installation, servicing or maintaining of security or fire alarm systems are not exempt from filing with the Department of State. However, two forms of waiver from some of the specific licensing requirements (by virtue of their status as a licensed master electrician) are available and outlined on the application form. For more information, please contact the Division of Licensing Services. Mater Electrician Statewide: $275.00 (includes $200.00 application fee and $75.00 NYS fingerprint fee) Master Electrician Local: $50.00 application fee only. No fingerprint requirement.

North Carolina

License Types

There are 10 different classifications of electrical contracting licenses. One of the special restricted electrical contracting classifications is

Application Process

After passing a qualifying exam, applicants for electrical contracting licenses in any of the license classifications must (1) submit a completed application for the license classification desired, (2) submit the appropriate annual license fee, and (3) furnish the name, signature and social security number of at least one person to serve as the listed qualified individual for the applicant’s license. Applications may be obtained by calling the office (919) 733-9042 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fees

List of all fees

North Dakota

At this time there does not appear to be any separate specialty electrical licensing.

Ohio

At this time there does not appear to be any separate specialty electrical licensing.

Oklahoma

License Types
Application Process

Download an application

Fees
Initial licensing Fees:
Renewal fees:

Oregon

License Types
Application Process

Download an application

Fees

Pennsylvania

There is no State Level low voltage electrical licensing. All electrical and alarm licensing requirements are regulated at the local level.

Rhode Island

License Types
Application Process

Download the appropriate applications

Fees

South Carolina

License Types
Application Process

Download forms and information

Mailing address
License Types
Application Process

Download forms and information

Fees

Contact Board for information about fees.

Mailing address
License Types
Application Process

Download application PDF

Fees

Contact The Commission for information about fees.

Fees
Contact Board for information about fees.

South Dakota

While all persons engaging in any kind of electrical work must be licensed by the state of South Dakota; there is no specific specialty licensing set aside for low voltage or alarm work. All electrical work (including low voltage) is covered under the following licensing’s:

Tennessee

License Types
Application Process

Low Voltage work (Less than 70 volts) does not require an exam for application, but, must register with the Alarm Contractors Board as well. Download the application.

Information about the necessary steps for obtaining a license

Fees

Application: $150.00

This is a non-refundable fee, due to the board upon completion of the application.

License Types
Application Process

Employing company must register employees in accordance with the law within 30 days of employment. Each applicant must submit:

Application & Fees

Contact the Board office to request applications or to obtain more detailed information about fees and procedures.

Texas

License Types
Application Process

Download Fire Alarm License applications and other necessary forms and information

Fees
License Types
Application Process

Contact the Private Security Bureau at the above number to request an application.

Application & Fees

Contact the Bureau for fee information.

Utah

License Types
Application Process

Download applications and other necessary forms

Fees

Contact the Board for fee information.

Vermont

License Types

Type-S journeyman license

Application Process

Information and instructions regarding the application process for licensure/examination

Fees

Type-S Journeyman application fee: $90.00 per field.

Virginia

License Types

“Electrical Contractors” in the State of Virginia means those individuals whose contracts include the construction, repair, maintenance, alteration or removal of electrical systems under the National Electrical Code. This classification provides for all work covered by the National Electrical Code including electrical work covered by the alarm/security systems contracting, electronic/communication service contracting and fire alarm systems contracting specialties. A firm holding an electrical license is responsible for meeting all applicable tradesman licensing standards.

Application Process

Download all applications and necessary forms

Fees

Contact the Board for Contractors/Tradesmen for fee information.

Washington

License Types
Application Process

For more information about applying for a Telecommunications Contractor License and to apply online.

Fees

Total fees are $267.90. Must be paid by credit card (Visa/MC) Fees are nonrefundable after license has been issued.

Licensing and General Information

West Virginia

License Types

Specialty Electrician with a classification in:

Application Process

Download an application

Fees

Wisconsin

While electrical licensing is handled at the state level, at this time there does not appear to be any specific low voltage or specialty electrical licensing.

Wyoming

License Types

All these license types can cover any of the following categories of work:

Application Process

Download all necessary forms and applications

Fees