Electrical Licensing Information
At this time, in Illinois, there is no State Electrical License like you might find in other states. This may change in the future, but in the mean time, the Village of Libertyville, as well as several other Illinois cities and towns, depend on municipal electrical licenses to help ensure a degree of electrical competence. Libertyville is one such municipality that issues electrical contractor licenses based on Illinois state guidelines.
As might be expected, having such a diversity of licensing bodies creates a wide variety of quality levels of licensed electrical contractor. Because of this, many towns may or may not accept an electrical license from another municipality based on these perceived quality levels.
Since the beginning of Libertyville's licensing program, we have enjoyed the privilege of having a well respected and widely accepted license. This is due mostly to the high standards we maintain. We require a 70% passing grade on our open-book electrical exam, as well as a minimum of 4 years (8,000 hours) documented experience in the electrical field. This could be in the form of an apprenticeship program, military training, verifiable on-the-job electrical experience, etc. All work experience must be under the supervision of a licensed electrician. Please read the Electrical Exam Requirements handout for more information.
Many people ask if there is a sample exam or study aids that are available. We are in the process of developing said study aids and, in fact, have come up with a sample exam for resistor networks. I strongly suggest that you try to work out the problems before you look at the answers!
In addition, there are several other sources of study aids you may wish to enlist. Although we do not endorse any particular book or book seller, here are links to several websites you may find useful:
Mike Holt Enterprises
Builder's Book, Inc.
Construction Book Express
Tom Henry's Study Guide
All exams have been updated to the 2014/2017 NEC. Other versions of the code may have differing answers and could be marked as "wrong".
For a list of frequently asked questions click here.
If you have additional questions about our licensing process, please call (847) 918-2020 for more information.
Electrical Exam and Certificate of Registration (License)
If you wish to take the electrical exam, and meet the above criteria, you may register by filling out the
Online Electrical Exam Registration Form.
In order to streamline our registration process, we are providing online registration using credit and debit cards only.
If you would rather not pay by credit/debit card, you may appear in person at 200 E. Cook Avenue in Libertyville to fill out an application and pay by cash or check. Please note that credit/debit cards cannot be taken at the Building Division. You may want to call ahead to see if space is available as online registration will take priority!
Please Note:Applicants will only be allowed to take the exam twice in any consecutive 12 month period.
The cost to take the electrical exam is $60.00 and is non-refundable.
Please bring your proof of work experience with you on the day of the exam. Call 847-918-2021 if you have questions regarding this.
If you pass the exam, and have met all other requirements, a $40.00 fee must be paid to receive your registration (license).
The registration (license) renewal fee is $100.00 and is due at the end of December of each year. All registrations must be renewed yearly and failure to do so will result in loss of the registration. We will send a reminder notice in early December.
If you would like to renew by credit/debit card online between December 1st and January 14th, click here.
- Online Electrical Exam Registration Form
- Online License Renewal (December 1st thru January 14th only)
- Please select "one-time payment" and navigate to "Electrical License Renewal" on the Payment Category dropdown.
- Electrical Exam Requirements
- Residential Load Calcs-Standard
- Residential Load Calcs-Optional
- Electrical Exam Formula Sheet
- Sample Resistor Network Exam
- Sample Resistor Network Exam--Answers
Schedule of Exams
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Wednesday, December 16, 2020
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021
- Wednesday, April 21, 2021
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021
- Wednesday, August 18, 2021
If you have questions or comments about a specific registration holder, please call (847) 918-2020 for more information.