Written by Kacie Goff
Every even-numbered year, Utah electricians need to get a few things in order to renew their licenses with the Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (DOPL). It’s a biennial hassle you probably don’t look forward to, but it doesn’t have to be a headache.
You can break the renewal process into three easy steps — and we have tips to make each one as convenient as possible. Here’s your quick and simple guide to renewing your Utah electrical license, no matter which type of license (e.g., master or journeyman) you hold.
First up, you need to make sure that you’re aware of your renewal deadline as it approaches. So mark your calendar for November 30 of every even-numbered year (e.g., 2022, 2024, 2026).
You should get a renewal reminder from the DOPL 60 days before that license expiration date. While that used to be a mailed reminder postcard, the DOPL is transitioning to electronic-only renewal notifications starting June 2023. That means that in addition to keeping your current mailing address on file with the state, you also need to make sure they have your email.
To make sure you get your renewal reminder — along with other important communications from the DOPL — you can update your email address using this online form.
While you’re at it, add StateOfUtahCommerceLicensing@Utah.gov to your email address book to make sure their emails don’t go to spam.
Ultimately, though, whether you get the reminder or not, your license still expires November 30 of every even-numbered year. Put the date on your calendar and consider marking a reminder date a couple of months beforehand so you don’t get caught by surprise.
This is the most involved step in the renewal process, but don’t panic. We can make it easier than you might expect.
The Utah Administrative Code requires you to take 16 hours of continuing education (CE) during each two-year renewal cycle. 12 of those hours need to focus on the National Electrical Code (NEC), and the remaining four hours can be on any appropriate professional topic.
Since 2010, the DOPL has required that electricians take their CE with an education provider the state has pre-approved. Now, here’s the good part. The DOPL has greenlit Utah electrical CE courses (like the ones we offer here) that are completely online and on-demand. That way, you can work on your hours whenever you’ve got free time, and you can even take them from your phone or tablet.
Once you finish your CE hours, your education provider has seven days to submit them to the DOPL. You can check that they’re properly recorded by going to the state’s CE registry and typing your license number into the space under “Courses Taken” at the top of the right-hand column.
Once your 16 CE hours have been reported, you’re eligible to renew your Utah electrical license. You’ll do this online using the DOPL’s license renewal system.
To start that process, you’ll need a renewal ID, which should be on your renewal reminder from the DOPL. If you didn’t get that reminder or you lost track of it, you can request a renewal ID here.
You’ll need to pay the $69 renewal fee as part of the process, so have a credit or debit card handy.
See? It’s not too bad. If you mark your calendar to start your CE with plenty of time to spare and take it online, completing your Utah electrician license renewal can be relatively easy.