Marcia Hultman

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South Dakota Electrical Commission

The South Dakota Electrical Commission works to keep the citizens of our state and their property safe from the hazards associated with using electricity. The Commission administers the state laws and regulations concerning electrical wiring, inspects wiring installations, investigates complaints related to electrical wiring and licenses all electricians within the state.

The Commission, a unit of state government, should not be confused with the South Dakota Electrical Council, which is a non-profit organization supporting the electrical industry in South Dakota.


Renewal Forms - 2022

Please read all renewal information prior to filling out your renewal form.

The Commission is requesting licensees access the website for renewal forms as the Commission will not mail renewal forms unless special arrangements are made. There are two renewal form options:

  • Fill out the form online. Print, sign/date, and mail (check or money order) or email (credit card).
  • Print the form. Print legibly, sign and date, and mail with check or money order.
    Note: Please do not remit your application in multiple forms. For example do not mail in if you have already remitted via email/fax.

  • Please renew your license soon if you have not already done so. Please also tell your fellow licensees to do the same.
  • Licensees will have the option to pay with a credit/debit card, check or money order. Note: Do not send cash through the mail.
  • Renewal applications utilizing credit card information may be mailed (South Dakota Electrical Commission, 217 W Missouri Ave., Pierre SD 57501), emailed (electrical@state.sd.us) or faxed (605-773-6213).
  • Renewal application utilizing money order or checks are required to be remitted with the application and to be mailed (South Dakota Electrical Commission, 217 W Missouri Ave., Pierre SD 57501)
  • Check box for each license to be renewed. Write license number on corresponding line.
  • Licensee is required to satisfy continuing education requirements. Failure to do so will result in denial of renewal. (All continuing education may be gained online for the 2022 renewal.)
  • Licensees required to pay child support arrearages prior to submission of renewal form.

Licensees are required to remit their renewal form by 6/30/2022. Applications received/postmarked later than 6/30/2022 may be assessed a $50 reinstatement fee per 20:44:16:18. Please also note licensees are not permitted to conduct electrical installations with an expired license. Therefore, please complete the renewal process by 6/30/22.

Licenses will be sent to licensees via email. The Commission recommends taking a screen shot of your license on your personal device to allow for easy verification of license in the future. You may also carry a printed copy in your wallet if you wish. The licenses will be sent from electrical@state.sd.us. (Special arrangements can be made for those lacking the ability to access an email. This may cause a delay in the processing of your renewal.) Applicants utilizing email for delivery should receive their license in approximately two to three weeks.

Note:

Continuing Education: Please note the Commission is no longer keeping track of your continuing education hours. Licensees are required to retain their copies of certificates of completion. The licensee will check the box on the renewal form stating they have attained the required continuing education to renew. Any licensee may be selected for an audit in the future. Failure to provide the appropriate documentation during the audit may result in disciplinary action. (Disciplinary action includes a fine; suspension, revocation, refusal to issue a license; or limit the scope of practice.) Starting with the biannual ending 6/30/2022 the commission will request the certificates be submitted when a licensee applies for the next level of licensure(you are not required to submit with renewal form). So, keep your certificates ladies and gentlemen. Documentation prior to the 6/30/2022 biannual will be kept on file at the Commission (classes remitted to the commission and taken prior to 6/30/2020). A licensee will be required to submit three (3) renewal cycles of continuing education for an audit and all the continuing education earned during their supervised experience utilized when applying for the next level of licensure. Please do not contact the Commission inquiring on how many education hours you have or how to submit certificates.


Current Status of Commission

At this time the Commission is prepared to continue inspections for those requesting an inspection. Our scope is very limited, yet we feel it is important to keep projects moving for those who are requesting to do the same. Please note the installer ultimately decides when to call to request an inspection, but an installation is required to have the required inspections in order to receive a green sticker. If you have any concerns with COVID-19 or the safety of your installers, you may delay the inspection. Please also note the Inspectors have been educated on COVID-19 and precautions to reduce the risk of spreading it. Please also contact your inspectors to get them into residences before they are occupied or installations that are not occupied at this time.


Submitting Payments for Applications

Applications utilizing money order or checks are required to be remitted with the application and mailed to:

South Dakota Electrical Commission
217 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre SD 57501

Applications utilizing credit card information may be mailed to address above, emailed or faxed to 605.773.6213.


2020 Code Adoption with Exceptions Takes Effect July 1, 2020

The four new exceptions to NEC 2020 are summarized as follows:
     1. 210.8(F) GFCI for AC units
     2. 230.67 Surge protection
     3. 210.8(A) GFCI for 250 Volt (Guidance: reverts to 2017 verbiage)
     4. 406.9(C) Bathroom GFCI (Guidance: reverts to 2017 verbiage)

View Adopted Code with Exceptions


Examinations

Examinations are currently on the 2020 NEC.


Contact Us

South Dakota Electrical Commission
Department of Labor & Regulation
217 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.3573
Fax: 605.773.6213
email