Master Electrician Checklist
Applications are available online, or by visiting the office:
City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department
Electrical Inspection Division
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave., Fourth Floor, Room 408
Detroit, MI 48226
Between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: A MASTER ELECTRICIAN AND/OR FIRE ALARM SPECIALTY TECHNICIAN SHALL NOT REPRESENT NOT MORE THAN ONE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, FIRM, OR CORPORATION AT THE SAME TIME.
Qualifications for Master Electrician License:
Must be 22 years of age.
Must be a Detroit resident and show proof of residency.
Must have held and maintained an Electrical Journeyman's License for not less than two years.
One completed Master Electrician License Application.
Current and valid Driver's License or Michigan State ID. Passports are NOT accepted.
One Passport-sized picture of the applicant.
Original and notarized letter(s) on company letterhead from your employer(s), attesting to not less than 12,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than six years related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the direct supervision of a Master Electrician licensed by the City of Detroit, City of Grand Rapids, or the State of Michigan.
Note: Letters should have start and end dates of employment, number of hours worked, a brief description of your experience or duties, the Master's License number, and the city in which the Master holds their license. Paycheck stubs are NOT considered valid documents.
All fields are REQUIRED on the application except where noted.
Submit application with documentation to Electrical Division in Room 408 for approval from the Board of Electrical Examiners. The Board's written decision will be sent to the applicant via postal mail.
If Denied: Applicant must provide requested documentation as written from the Board of Electrical Examiners, and re-submit for Board approval.
If Approved: Applicant will need to come down to Electrical Division to pay for the Electrical Master exam ($63.00). Once the exam is paid for, the applicant may schedule an exam date. The exam is taken in Room 408.
Take the exam on the scheduled date and time (9:30 a.m.). Applicants will receive their test results in writing. TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN OVER THE TELEPHONE.
If the applicant fails the exam: Applicant must re-pay the exam fee and re-schedule for the next available exam date.
If the examination is failed twice within a two-year period, there will be a one-year wait from the date of the second examination. In addition, successful completion of a course on code, electrical fundamentals, or electrical theory approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners is required in order for the applicant to become eligible again for the exam.
If the applicant passes exam: The applicant must come to Room 408 to receive a Licensing invoice to pay for the Master's License ($55.00).
Applicant must take the invoice and pay appropriate fees to the Licenses and Permits Division cashier in Room 402.
Master Electrician's License is issued to the applicant by the cashier.