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Licensing Requirements for the State of Maryland

Low-Voltage/Limited-Energy License: No specific statewide license is required for low-voltage electricians. (The installation of security systems is covered under a license by the state. The stateís electrician guidelines may also play a role in who is authorized to work within the alarm industry.)

Electrician: An electrician must be licensed by either a municipality, a county or the state.

Electrical Contractor: Local jurisdiction licensing may be required to act as an electrical contractor.

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
State Board of Master Electricians
500 N Calvert St, Room 302
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
(410) 230-6163
Fax (410) 333-6314
www.dllr.state.md.us/license/occprof/elec.html

Additional Information:
The State Board of Master Electricians issues only one license: Master Electrician. In Maryland, the actual performance licenses to perform electrical work is issued by each of the local jurisdictions. Many of the local jurisdictions do issue additional categories of electrical licenses. All of these licenses are "lesser" than a Master Electrician. For example, some local jurisdictions may issue a "limited electrician," or "low voltage" license. Individuals interested in obtaining a lesser license must contact the local jurisdiction where he or she intends to be doing that kind of work. Not all jurisdictions offer a lesser license. In the jurisdictions that do not offer a lesser license, an individual would need to hold a master electricianís license to perform any kind of electrical work. Contact the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing if you have any questions.

Central Station Operator Requirements:
Registration required. Except as otherwise provided in this title:
(1) an individual may not personally provide security systems services unless the individual is registered as a security systems technician;
(2) a person licensed under this title may not employ or contract with an individual with access to circumventional information unless the individual is registered as required under this subtitle;
(3) neither a licensee nor a registrant may provide access to circumventional information to an individual who is not registered under this subtitle; and
(4) an employee of a person licensed under this title may not obtain access to circumventional information unless the employee is registered as an individual with access to circumventional information. Scope of registration. (a) Authorization to conduct business. While an individual is registered as a security systems technician and employed by or under contract with a security systems agency licensed under this title, the individual is authorized to have access to circumventional information.
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