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Obtain a personal electrical license through reciprocity


Minnesota has reciprocal licensing agreements with a number of states whereby applicants may obtain a Minnesota journeyman electrician license without examination if they obtained their journeyman or master license by examination.

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Class A Journeyman Electrician License

Applicants may obtain a Minnesota journeyman electrician license without examination if they obtained their journeyman electrician license by examination in any of the following states:  Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Applicants that hold the equivalent of a Minnesota master electrician license in these states may also obtain the Minnesota journeyman electrician license under the agreements.

Class A Master Electrician License

Applicants may obtain a Minnesota master electrician license without examination if they obtained their master license by examination in any of the following states: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Qualifying conditions for either class of license include the following:

  • The applicant must not have failed the same or greater class of license examination in Minnesota.
  • The applicant must have obtained the same or greater class of license in the first state by examination at the state level (the license must not have been obtained through a reciprocal agreement with a city or other political subdivision).
  • The applicant must have held the license for at least one year in the first state.
  • The applicant's license must be current and in good standing in the first state.
  • The applicant must not be under any order to deny, suspend, or revoke any class of electrical license in Minnesota.
  • The applicant must submit an application and examination fee of $50 with the application.
  • Upon approval, the applicant must submit the required license fee to be issued the license applied for.
  • Upon obtaining the license, the applicant (licensee) must meet all continuing education and renewal requirements to maintain the license.
  • Minnesota electrician license holders that have not renewed their license prior to two years after expiration do not qualify to acquire the same class of license through the reciprocal agreements and must retake and pass the license examination to acquire the license.
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