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
2 Woodward Ave., Fourth Floor, Room 408
Detroit, MI 48226

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

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.

Documentation Required:

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

Original and notarized letter 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 under the State of Michigan Electrical Administrative Act (Public Act 217 or 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 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 mail.

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 Electrical Division to pay for the Electrical Masters exam (fee is $63.00). Once exam is paid, the applicant may schedule an exam date. The exam 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 Master'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 for the exam.

If applicant passes exam: The applicant must come to Room 408 to receive a Licensing invoice to pay for the Master's License ($55.00).

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

Step 8:
Master Electrician's License is issued to the applicant by the cashier.