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General construction contractors don't need a license to work in Maryland. You will need a license to do electrical, plumbing or HVACR contracting, or work on home improvement projects.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if an electrician, plumber, HVACR contractor or home improvement contractor is licensed to do work in Maryland, go to http://www.dllr.state.md.us/query/ or call 410-230-6231.


Electrician's Licenses

To do electrical work you must get a master electrician license from the Maryland Board of Master Electricians. Unless you qualify for a waiver, you must pass an exam given by PSI Examination Services before you can get an application from the Board. You'll find information on exam waivers later in this section. To get an application for the exam, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
100 West Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210-1202
(800) 733-9267
Fax: (818) 247-3853
http://www.psiexams.com 

To qualify for the exam you must have seven years of work experience under the supervision of a master electrician or similarly-qualified person. If you have Board-approved professional training, you can apply up to three years of it toward the experience requirement.

The exam is open book and lasts four hours. It has 50 one-point questions, 10 two-point questions, and 6 five-point questions. Here's a table that shows the subjects on the exam and the approximate number of questions on each subject:

Subject Approximate number of questions
General theory 10 2-point
Wiring and protection 14 1-point
Wiring methods, materials 14 1-point
Equipment for general use 8 1-point
Special occupancies 8 1-point
Special equipment 4 1-point
Special conditions 2 1-point
Applications and calculations 6 5-point

The reference for the exam is the National Electric Code.

After you pass the exam you can apply to the Board for your license. Here's their address:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State of Maryland
Board of Master Electricians
500 North Calvert Street Rm. 302
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6270
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/master_elec/master_elecintro.html 

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrician's license fees: It will cost you $40 for the exam and $20 for a master license. The license is good for two years. Renewal will cost $25.

If you have a local or out-of-state master electrician's license, you may be able to get a master's license from the Board without taking the exam. Your license must be active and in good standing. The requirements you filled to get it must be essentially equal to those required to get a Maryland license. You'll still have to pay the license fee but you can apply directly to the Board for your license.

The Board doesn't have any reciprocity agreements with other states at this time.

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Plumber's Licenses

To do plumbing work you must get a master or journey license from the Maryland State Board of Plumbing. Unless you qualify for a waiver, you've got to pass an exam given by PSI Examination Services before you can get an application from the Board. To get an application for the exam contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
100 West Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210-1202
(800) 733-9267
Fax: (818) 247-3853
http://www.psiexams.com 

To qualify for the master or journey exam you must have completed a Board-approved 32-hour course in Backflow Prevention Devices.

The Board has different requirements for the master license, depending on whether your work experience was in Maryland or not. For work experience in Maryland you need two years Board-approved work experience under a licensed Maryland master plumber, including at least 3,750 hours in the plumbing trade as a licensed Maryland journey plumber.

For work experience outside Maryland, you need:

The requirements for taking the journey plumbing licensing exam are also different depending on whether your work experience was in Maryland or not. For work experience in Maryland you need four years of Board-approved work experience under a licensed Maryland master plumbing, including at least 7,500 hours under the supervision of a licensed Maryland master plumber.

You can apply up to 1,500 hours of Board-approved education to the 7,500-hour requirement. You must also list any hours you've worked as an apprentice plumber. Any hours you work as an unlicensed apprentice plumber will be subtracted from your hours worked as an apprentice plumber. An unlicensed apprentice plumber must register with the Board before applying for the journey plumber exam.

For work experience outside Maryland, you need:

You can apply up to 1,500 hours of Board-approved education to the 7,500-hour requirement.

The exam is open book on the Maryland State Plumbing Code and the National Fuel Gas Code. Here are the subjects on each exam and their approximate number of questions:

Approximate number of questions
Subject Journey exam Master exam
Plumbing fundamentals 10 7
Materials use, specifications 8 8
Traps, interceptors, backwater valves 5 5
Plumbing fixtures 5 5
Water supply systems 10 10
Backflow prevention 10 10
Drain, vent, waste systems 15 15
Special topics 0 3
Gas appliances, piping 10 10
Plumbing mathematics 7 7

After you pass the exam you can apply to the Board for your license. Their address is:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Maryland State Board of Plumbing
500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6270
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/plumb/plumbintro.html

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumber's license fees: It will cost you $50 nonrefundable to apply for the exam. A master license costs $70 and a journeyman license is $35. Apprentice licenses cost $15. Propane gas fitter's license application fee is $25 and the license is $35. Licenses expire on May 1 each odd-numbered year.

The Board may issue a reciprocal master or journeyman license to plumbers who are currently licensed in Baltimore County or WSSC (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission). The Board also issues reciprocal licenses to individuals who hold a current master's license in the state of Delaware and has presented evidence of an approved 32 hour course in backflow preventer device testing. Individuals who hold a current journeyman or master gas fitter license from Baltimore City, Baltimore County or WSSC may obtain a like State Natural Gas Fitter's license.

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HVACR Licenses

To do HVACR work you must get a license from the Maryland State Board of HVACR Contractors. The Board issues master, master restricted, limited contractor, and journeyman licenses. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes)

State Board of HVACR Contractors
500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6270
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/hvacr/hvacrintro.html

Exams are given by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
100 West Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210-1202
(800) 733-9267
Fax: (818) 247-3853
http://www.psiexams.com 

fees.GIF (442 bytes)HVACR license fees: You must pass an exam to get a license. The master or limited contractor exam costs $132. The fee for the master restricted exam is $44 for one area (forced air heating, hydronic heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration), and $88 for two or more areas. The journeyman exam costs $44. The master license costs $75, limited contractor costs $75, master restricted is $25-$75, and the journeyman license costs $20.

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Home Improvement Licenses

To work on home improvement projects you must get a contractor or subcontractor license from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. But before you can get the application, you must pass an exam given by PSI. To get an application for the exam, contact PSI at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
100 West Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210-1202
(800) 733-9267
Fax: (818) 247-3853
http://www.psiexams.com 
  
To qualify for an exam you must:
- have two years of work experience and/or construction related education
- provide a credit report with the application
- provide proof of current $50,000 liability insurance
- show financial solvency based on the scope and size of your business by providing a list of your total assets, liabilities, credit report and net worth

 For an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State of Maryland
Home Improvement Commission
500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6176
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/home_imprv/hicintro.html 

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Home improvement license fees: It will cost you $54 nonrefundable to apply for an exam and $325 (includes Home Improvement Guaranty Fund fee) for a contractor license. A subcontractor license costs $125. The license is good for two years.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

You don't need to be prequalified to bid on Maryland Department of Transportation projects. However you do need an appropriate contractor's license. If you're the probable low bidder on a project, the Department will ask you about your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience at that time. For information, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Transportation
State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert Street, Room 507
Baltimore, MD 21203
(410) 545-0433
http://www.sha.state.md.us

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations must file a Foreign Qualification form. To get this form, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State Department of Assessments and Taxation
301 W. Preston Street, Room 809
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-1006
Fax: (410) 333-7097
http://www.dat.state.md.us 

You will be required to pay a $50 filing fee with your application. Click here for the online application.

Many questions about how to start a business in Maryland can be answered by using the Department of Business and Economic Development's Business Licensing and Information System (BLIS), at http://www.blis.state.md.us. BLIS has information on how to form a business, apply for state and local permits, and comply with tax laws and other regulations.

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