Questions regarding the statewide licensure of electricians in Texas may be directed to TDLR at firstname.lastname@example.org
or send mail to:
TDLR Electricians Program
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
Beginning September 1, 2012 electrical sign apprentices are required to be enrolled in a TDLR-approved apprenticeship program or complete four hours of continuing education to meet license renewal requirements. List of electrical apprentice training programs
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Here are the public comments on general topics received during the 2012 Strategic Planning process. The comments are grouped as answers to the four questions we based our discussions on.
- What are we doing well?
- What can we do better?
- If you could change one service that we provide or eliminate or amend any provision of TDLR’s statutes or rules, what would it be?
- What major changes will occur over the next five years that will impact the way you do business and the services we provide?
Read the comments (106 kb PDF) To see the comments for each individual license program, go to that program's section on the web site.
On May 1, 2012, TDLR will begin issuing “Gold Cards” for Master Electricians and Master Sign Electricians. We’re doing this in response to requests from licensees and industry professionals, so they can be more easily identified when interacting with local government officials and supply shop employees. The Gold Cards will contain the same information as our regular white cards. All new and renewal licenses for these programs will receive the new Gold Card but if you would like to order a Gold Card before your renewal, they will be available for $25 by mail beginning May 1, 2012. The white cards are still valid during the transition through May 1, 2013.
TDLR is now accepting online payment for administrative penalties.
2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) Becomes Effective September 1, 2011 - Chapter 1305.101(a)(2) of the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires our agency to adopt the revised NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas. In accordance with state law, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the administrative rules thereby establishing the NEC 2011 as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas that is covered by the Act.
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Chapter 1305.201 provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2011 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, 2011 must be installed in accordance with the NEC 2011. 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 amendments.
Beginning October 1, 2011, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the NEC 2011. The state electrical exams are available through PSI, who has contracted with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer our 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.
Residential Appliance Installers (RAI) Applications Available
Electrical contractors should verify a current TDLR license by visiting the "Search Licensees By License Type" page