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State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Ohio does not license journeyman electricians, but it does require a mandatory state electrical license for contractors in commercial work. The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board administers a test for electrical contractors. Some local jurisdictions may offer a journeyman license or registration. No localities may subsequently require any restriction other than registration from practicing electrical contracting in that locality.

Ohio Electrical Licensing Qualification Process


Ohio has varying degrees of reciprocal agreements with the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia


Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB)
6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-9009
Phone: 614.644.3493