Electrical Contractor Guidelines & Requirements:

A contract, agreement, or undertaking with another person for the installation of electrical wiring or power limited wiring or the installation of electrical or power limited system parts of other apparatus may not be entered by anyone other than a master electrician or power limited electrician.  A class B electrician may not enter a contract, undertaking, or agreement for the installation of electrical wiring except for; farmstead electrical wiring or residential electrical wiring in one or two family dwellings located in a city with a population of two thousand five hundred or fewer.

A master, class B, or power limited electrician may exercise that individual's privileges as a licensed master, class B, or power limited electrician for no more than one shop or business, and shall comply with provisions as required for contracting with the Secretary of State’s office as stated in North Dakota Century Code chapter 43-07.


Upon becoming a master, class B, or power limited electrician (through exam, reciprocity or status change), these steps will need to be followed to get into contracting / master of record status.

Contracting Master : (Engage in electrical contracting business in North Dakota)

Master of Record: (The master of record is not allowed to work on other property other than property owned or leased by the organization).


1. Contact North Dakota Secretary of State (701-328-2900) and file any proper paperwork.


2. Once you have received your official business registration / contractor license from N.D. Secretary of State; call NDSEB to schedule your contractor orientation at our Bismarck office (due to COVID-19, we are currently scheduling orientations telephonically).


  1. Owner or its representative (the representative that signs the Application for Electrical Contracting) and the contracting Master  or Master of Record of the electrical company must attend.


  2. Documentation required for orientation:

    1. Application for Electrical Contracting (Available under Forms or below).

    2. E-Cert Application (Available under Forms or below).
    3. Certificate of Liability Insurance.
    4. $50 annual license fee (separate cash/check/money order or credit card), if applicable.


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Non-Contracting Master: (No electrical contracting in North Dakota).

  1. Checklist of documentation to submit:

    1. $50 annual license fee (separate cash/check/money order or credit card), if applicable.
    2. Application for Exemption to Contractor’s License (Available under Forms or below).


Downloadable/Fillable Forms


Insurance Notice

If a licensee is acting as a contractor, that licensee shall submit to the board evidence of the existence of public liability insurance with a licensed insurance carrier, with policy limits of at least five hundred thousand dollars.