Licenses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I determine if I need to be licensed?
Where can I download licensing forms and applications?
How do I renew my license?
What happens if I choose to work unlicensed?
Persons who perform electrical, HVAC or plumbing work without a required state-issued license or who violate other applicable codes or rules are subject to civil penalties.
It is unlawful to engage in public works contracting without first having acquired an Idaho Public Works Contractor License of the proper class. The Division of Building Safety may impose substantial administrative assessments for contractor violations.
It is unlawful to engage in construction management services on public works projects without first having acquired an Idaho Construction Manager License. Violations of this provision may result in significant administrative assessments.
Does Idaho have any Reciprocal licensing agreements?
I am a landscaper and install sprinkler systems. Do I need to be licensed with DBS?
I am an excavator and install sewer and water lines. Do I need to be licensed with DBS?
Does the State of Idaho have Continuing Education Requirements (CEU) for Electricians?
Yes. Each Master and Journeyman electrician must provide 24 hours of Idaho approved continuing education in order to renew their license.
Effective July 1, 2017, individuals requesting CEU credit will have to comply with IDAPA 07.01.07:
- 8 hours of code update covering changes included in the latest edition of the NEC.
- 8 hours of code related training.
- 8 hours of industry-related.
Individuals who have taken a 16 hour code update course and 8 hours of industry-related CEU's prior to July 1, 2017 will have those CEU credits accepted by the Division of Building Safety. Click here for a complete list of CEU courses [PDF] that have been approved by the State of Idaho.
Where do I find the Continuing Education (CEU) applications and documents for Electrical or Plumbing?
Will the State of Idaho accept CEU's that were obtained out of state?
Does the State of Idaho have Continuing Education Requirements (CEU) for Plumbers?
Yes. After December 31, 2013, plumbing journeyman and contractors will be required to have the minimum hours of continuing education to renew their license. Journeymen must complete eight (8) hours of continuing education for every three-year license cycle, or complete an exam administered by the Division. Of the required eight (8) hours, four (4) hours must be plumbing code update related and the other four (4) hours may be industry related training. Contractors must complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education for every three-year license cycle. Hours accrued obtaining journeyman education may be applied toward this requirement whenever applicable. Click here for a complete list of CEU courses [PDF] that have been approved by the State of Idaho.
Beginning January 1, 2013, those holding a valid journeyman license may take the CEU exam administered by the Division of Building Safety. A fee of fifty ($50) dollars must be paid before taking the exam. Click here for information regarding CEUs.