Step 1:
Applications are available online (for printing purposes only) or by visiting:

City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department Electrical Division
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Woodward Ave., Fourth Floor, Room 408
Detroit, MI 48226

between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Qualifications for Journeyman Electrician License:

  • Must be 20 years of age.
  • Must be a Detroit resident and show proof of residency.
  • Have a current Electrical Apprentice Registration form on file.
  • Applicants shall show proof of valid Apprentice Registration coinciding with the required 8,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a 4 year period.

Documentation Required:

  • Two completed Journeyman Electrician License Applications.
  • Current and valid Driver's License or Michigan State ID. Passports are NOT accepted.
  • Two Passport sized photos of applicant.

Original and notarized letter on company letterhead from your employer(s), attesting to not less than 8,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than four years related to electrical construction, maintenance of buildings, or electrical wiring or equipment under the direct supervision of a person licensed under the State of Michigan Electrical Administrative Act (Public Act 217 of 1956)

Note:This letter 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 his/her License. Paycheck stubs are NOT considered valid documents.

All fields are REQUIRED on the application except where noted.

Step 2:
Submit application with documentation to the Electrical Division in Room 408 for approval from the Board of Electrical Examiners. The Board's written decision will be sent via mail to the applicant.

Step 3:
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 the Electrical Division to pay for the Electrical Journeyman's Exam (fee is $55.00). Once exam is paid, the applicant may schedule an exam date. The examination is taken in Room 408.

Step 4:
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.

Step 5:
If applicant fails exam: Applicant must re-pay the exam fee and re-schedule an exam date. The following waiting period is required for failure of the Electrical Journeyman's exam:

  • 3 month wait with a score of 50% but less than 75%
  • 6 month wait with a score of less than 50%

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 to sit for the exam.

If applicant passes exam: The applicant must come to Room 408 for a Licensing Invoice to pay for the Journeyman's License ($45.00). 

Step 6:
Applicant must take invoice and pay appropriate fees to the Licenses & Permits Division cashier in Room 402.

Step 7:
Journeyman Electrician's License is issued to applicant by the cashier.