Texas electrician license and insurance requirements

Texas electrician license and insurance requirements

Ashley Henshaw
By Ashley Henshaw
Jan 17, 2024
7 min read

There are many reasons to get a Texas electrician license. The Lone Star State ranks first in the country for its electricity production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Texas also boasts the second-highest employment of licensed electricians in the U.S., with over 52,000 of these pros.

In Texas, you need an electrician license to work. Jump ahead to learn:

How to get an electrician license in Texas

You must have a license issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation if you perform electrical work in Texas.

The state defines electrical work 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.” This also includes service entrance conductors as defined by the National Electrical Code.

How you get your electrician license depends on the license classification you’re pursuing. Here’s a quick overview of the steps for each type of Texas electrician license.

How to get a Texas apprentice electrician license

  1. Complete an online Texas electrician license application.
  2. Submit your application online with a non-refundable $20 fee.
  3. Receive a temporary license immediately if you have no criminal convictions.
  4. Receive a regular license upon completing a criminal history background check.

How to get a Texas journeyman electrician license

  1. Complete a printed Texas electrician license application.
  2. Submit your application by mail with a non-refundable $30 fee.
  3. Upon approval of your application, schedule your licensing exam and pay the $78 fee.
  4. Pass the journeyman electrician exam with a score of 70% or better.

How to get a Texas master electrician license

  1. Complete the printed Texas electrician license application.
  2. Submit your application by mail with a non-refundable $45 fee.
  3. Upon approval of your application, schedule your licensing exam and pay the $78 fee.
  4. Pass the master electrician exam with a score of 70% or better.

Additional licenses for specific types of electrical work are available, including:

  • Apprentice sign electrician
  • Maintenance electrician
  • Residential appliance installer
  • Residential wireman
  • Journeyman industrial electrician
  • Journeyman lineman
  • Journeyman sign electrician
  • Master sign electrician

See the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website for more information on how to apply for these licenses.

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Texas electrician license requirements

You may need to satisfy certain experience qualifications depending on which license you are applying for.

Apprentice electrician license requirements

Applicants for an electrical apprentice license do not need to fulfill any work experience requirements.

Journeyman electrician license requirements

You must have at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician. However, you may apply once you reach 7,000 hours of training, which allows you to take the Texas journeyman electrical exam in anticipation of reaching the full 8,000 hours required for licensure.

Master electrician license requirements

You must have held a journeyman electrician license for at least two years. You must have at least 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician.

Insurance for Texas electricians

Once you receive your license, consider what type of self-employed electrician insurance can help protect you professionally and financially. Here are some of the types of Texas business insurance to consider:

General liability insurance

General liability insurance in Texas can help cover routine incidents that can occur on the job, like damage to property or a customer injury.

Workers’ compensation insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance can help cover lost wages, medical expenses and more if you or an employee gets injured on the job.

Tools and equipment insurance

Tools and equipment insurance can help cover the cost of repairing or replacing your work gear in the event of theft or damage.

Commercial auto insurance

Commercial auto insurance can help provide coverage for property damage, medical costs and more if you get into an accident while driving for work.

Commercial property insurance

Commercial property insurance can help cover buildings you own or rent and the gear, inventory and equipment stored inside.

Requirements for Texas electrician license renewal

You must renew your Texas electrician license annually. The date of issuance becomes the expiration date for the following years. You can renew online by filling out an application and submitting the appropriate renewal fee:

  • Apprentice electrician: $20
  • Journeyman electrician: $30
  • Master electrician: $45

You must complete four hours of continuing education credits within each one-year license period. This coursework must cover the following topics:

  • National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Texas Electrician Law
  • Texas Electrician Administrative Rules
  • Electrical Safety

The continuing education course provider will report your completed hours to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Texas electrician license reciprocity

Texas has reciprocal licensing agreements with select states for journeyman and master electrician licenses. There are no reciprocal agreements for apprentice licenses.

Journeyman electrician reciprocity:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Master electrician reciprocity:

  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina

Electricians applying for reciprocity must have held their out-of-state license for at least one year and must demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements for licensing in Texas.

How NEXT helps support Texas electricians

NEXT helps you get the right electrician insurance, whether you’re an independent worker, a small business owner or an electrical contractor. We’ve helped thousands of electricians get affordable electrician coverage.

You can manage everything online on your schedule. Apply for coverage, review your options and get a certificate of insurance in under 10 minutes. Access your policy 24/7 via desktop or mobile app.

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Ashley Henshaw
About the author

Ashley Henshaw was a contributing writer at NEXT. She specializes in small business topics, covering everything from insurance and branding to web hosting and cryptocurrency.

Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, AOL City's Best, Citysearch, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle and Livestrong.

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