Changes in Electrician Licensure Through Reciprocity | New Opportunities for MD and VA Electricians

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Changes in Electrician Licensure Through Reciprocity | New Opportunities for MD and VA Electricians

In support of the Board of Industrial Trades, and under the leadership of Mayor Muriel Bower, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is pleased to announce that Master Electricians (licensed in Maryland) and Electrician Journeymen and Master Electricians (licensed in Virginia) are now eligible to become licensed in the District of Columbia through reciprocity, thereby eliminating the need for examination and streamlining the process for licensure. This makes it easier for electricians to work in DC, but also benefits customers by increasing competition and the supply of electricians from which customers may choose.

  • To be eligible, licensees submitting reciprocity applications for DC licensure must have received their license by examination from Maryland or Virginia, i.e. they must have taken a test, and must hold a current active license in good standing.
  • Reciprocity applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, February 8. The cost for licenses is $175 ($185 for Master Electricians) and all electrician licenses expire on November 30, 2021 regardless of when they are issued.
  • To request a letter of good standing or verification of Maryland or Virginia license, applicants should visit their state’s board website. Once obtained, applicants will need to upload the certification with their DC application.
  • Reciprocity license applications are not being accepted for Electrician Journeymen licenses issued in Maryland as they are issued by counties and we do not have reciprocity agreements with individual counties.

To submit a license application through reciprocity, please visit the DCRA Board of Industrial Trades website at If an applicant does not yet have an account, they will need to create one to be able to apply.

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at, by phone at 202.442.4400, or through live chat found on