In Maryland, those wishing to work on low voltage systems, such as access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, and security systems, are required to hold a valid low voltage license. The Maryland Low Voltage Contractors Board is responsible for issuing and regulating these licenses.
To obtain a low voltage license in Maryland, individuals must first meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a minimum of four years of experience working in the low voltage field
- Pass a written exam
Once these qualifications are met, individuals can apply for a license through the Maryland Low Voltage Contractors Board. Applications can be submitted online through the Board’s website.
In addition to the standard low voltage license, Maryland also offers specialty licenses for certain types of low voltage work. These include:
- Access Control Systems
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Video Surveillance Systems
- Security Systems
- Structured Cabling
Individuals holding a specialty license are still required to hold a valid low voltage license, but are able to work on specific types of low voltage systems.
To prepare for the written exam, individuals can find study materials and practice exams on the Maryland Low Voltage Contractors Board’s website. Once passed, the exam can also be taken through their website.
It is important to note that Maryland low voltage license is only valid for the state of Maryland, and that different states have different rules and regulation that need to be followed.
Links for obtaining Maryland low voltage license and exam:
Maryland State Board of Electricians: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/elec/
Licensing Exam: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/elec/eleclic.shtml
It is also advisable to look into the insurance, bonding and other requirement that a contractor need before start working on any low voltage system in Maryland.