Telecommunications contractors are businesses or individuals who support electronic transmission of audio and visual signals. Businesses working in this trade must have a valid telecommunications contractor license. Each telecommunications contractor must also have a certified telecommunications administrator to ensure the business follows the state laws, rules, and regulations.

There are no certification requirement for individuals performing telecommunications installations. There are, however, other business requirements to perform the work.

Application requirements
  • A valid UBI number
  • A certified, assigned telecommunications administrator.
  • An original, $4,000 electrical/telecommunications contractor’s bond, or assignment of savings account.
  • A certificate of liability insurance, with a minimum amount of $170,000.
  • A workers’ compensation account if the business hire employees.

If a telecommunications contracting business does other, non-electrical work, registration as a contractor may also be required.

Apply

Apply online

To apply online, you must have:

  • Your exact business name, UBI number, and business structure (e.g., sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.).
    Note: The name listed on bond and insurance policy must match the business name on the application
  • Names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of all principals for the business.
  • The name and certificate number of the telecommunications administrator to be assigned.
  • An email address and phone number.
  • Your licensing fee of $277.60, along with the $41.60 assignment of administrator fee, payable by credit/debit card or electronic check.
Next steps

After applying online, you must bring the following signed, original documents to your local L&I office or mail to the address listed below.

Apply by mail or in person

Include the following signed, original documents and fees:

  1. Application for Telecommunication Contractor’s License (F503-008-000). Make sure to include:
    a. Your exact business name, UBI number, and business structure (e.g., sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.). Note: The name listed on bond and insurance policy must match the business name on the application.
    b. Complete mailing address and phone number for your business and a primary email address.
    c. Names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of all principals for the business, including the role of each principal (e.g., president, registered agent, etc.).
  2. A notarized Change Assignment of Administrator/Master Certificate (F503-009-000) form, listing your designated administrator.
  3. Electrical/Telecommunications Contractor's Bond to the State of WA (F500-019-000) form, completed by your bonding company, or Electrical/Telecommunications Contractor Assignment of Savings Account (F500-020-000) form, completed by your financial institution
  4. An original certificate of at least $170,000 in general liability insurance, issued by your insurer
    a. This policy must list the L&I Electrical Program as the certificate holder
  5. Your licensing fee of $277.60, along with the $41.60 assignment of administrator fee
Next steps

If applying by mail, send all of the above original forms and documents, along with a check or money order to:

Department of Labor & Industries
Electrical Program
PO Box 44460
Olympia, WA 98504-4460

If applying in person, bring the completed forms and documents listed above to your local L&I office.

  • Payment can be made in person with credit/debit card, cash, check, or money order.
  • Notary services are available at your L&I office to help complete your forms in person.

What L&I will do

We will verify that all of the following information is on file:

Before a license will be issued, we will verify your company is properly registered with the Secretary of State's office, if your business is incorporated, and the Department of Revenue.

We will notify you of the action taken on your application within 5 days after we receive your information.

Renew

Telecommunication contractor licenses must be renewed every 2 years. You can save money by renewing online.

Your license expires 2 years from its effective date, and should be renewed before it expires. If you or your employees are on the job with a license that is expired, suspended, inactive, or revoked, you can be subject to citation and fines.

Renew online

To renew online, you must have:

  • A current bond or assignment of savings.
  • A certificate of general liability insurance.
  • A current administrator assigned.
  • No outstanding, unpaid citations.

If your license has been expired for more than 90 days, you cannot renew online and you must contact us to renew. For assistance, email us at ElectricalProgram@Lni.wa.gov or call 360-902-5269.

You will need:

  • Your 12-digit telecommunication contractor license number.
  • UBI number.
  • Email address.
  • If you are updating your mailing address, you will need the last 4 digits of one of the principals’ Social Security numbers.
  • Your renewal fee of $240.10, payable by credit/debit card or electronic check.

By mail or in person

To renew by mail, send:

Mail to:
Department of Labor & Industries
Electrical Program
PO Box 44460
Olympia, WA 98504-4460

To renew in person, visit your local L&I office with the following:

What we will do

We will verify that you have:

  • All required documents on file with us.
  • Paid the appropriate renewal fee
  • No outstanding fines or penalties

Within 5 days after we receive your renewal, we will:

  • Send your license.
  • Notify you if there are any outstanding issues that need to be resolved.

Updating your telecommunication contractor license

If the principals, members, or owners of the company need to be updated:

Complete the Electrical Telecommunication Principal Member Owner Update Request (F500-124-000) and submit it to the electrical licensing section by:

Email – ElectricalProgram@Lni.wa.gov
Fax – 360-902-5595
Mail – to the L&I address listed above.

You may need to re-license your business if you are changing your:

  • Business name (e.g., Fred's Telecom to Frederick Telecom Company).
  • Business structure, including:
    • UBI number changes.
    • Changing from a partnership to a corporation, individual proprietorship to partnership, etc.
  • Ownership (other than changes to corporate members).

If you are required to re-license, you will need to:

More information

Reinstate

L&I will suspend a telecommunications contractor whenever the minimum license requirements are not met. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Failure to have a current unimpaired bond or assignment of savings on file with us.
  • An active telecommunications administrator assigned.
  • Current certificate of insurance -- Minimum of $170,000.00.

Reinstate online

To reinstate a suspended license online, all required documents must be on file with us. You must not have any outstanding, unpaid citations with us. To check this, use our electrical violations lookup tool or call us at 360-902-5269.

To reinstate online, you will need:

  • Your 12 digit electrical contractor license number.
  • All required documents on file with us.
  • Email address and phone number.
  • Pay the reinstatement fee of $56.20

You can't reinstate an electrical contractor license without meeting all license requirements or satisfying the reason of suspension.

In person

You can reinstate your electrical contractor license, by taking your required documents into your local L&I office. Once the documents are recorded, payment can be made by credit/debit card, cash, check, or money order.

By mail

Mail your required documents, along with a check or money order to:

Department of Labor & Industries
Electrical Program
P.O. Box 44460
Olympia, WA 98504-4460

What we will do

We will verify that you have:

  • All required documents on file with us.
  • The correct fee has been paid.
  • There are no outstanding fines or penalties associated with the license/UBI.

Within 5 days after we receive your renewal, we will:

  • Reinstate your license and notify you by mail.
  • Notify you if there are any outstanding issues that need to be resolved.
Member Owner Update

If the principals, members, or owners of the company need to be updated:

Re-licensing

You may need to re-license your business, if you are changing your:

  • Business name (e.g., Fred's Electrical to Frederick Electric Company).
  • Business structure, including:
    • UBI (Unified Business Identifier) number changes.
    • Changing from a partnership to a corporation, individual proprietorship to
      partnership, etc.
  • Ownership (other than changes to corporate members).

If you are required to re-license, you will need to:

  • Apply for a new telecommunications contractor license (See Apply tab).
  • Submit a new notarized Change Assignment of Administrator/Master Certificate (F503-009-000) form.
  • Purchase a new bond or assignment of savings.
  • A valid certificate of liability insurance -- minimum amount of $170,000.

More information

Related resources

Renew your license, update your address or pay reinstatement fee online

Request a duplicate or replacement license or certificate online

Request a Duplicate or Replacement License or Certificate by mail (F500-032-000)

Request for Change of Address (F500-044-000)

Contact us

Electrical Licensing and Certification 360-902-5269
Electrical Citation and Amusement Ride Support Desk 360-902-5570
Electrical Plan Review 360-902-5246
Electrical Program - Tumwater Building 360-902-5249

Email: ElectricalProgram@Lni.wa.gov

Mailing address

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Electrical Program
P.O. Box 44460
Olympia WA 98504-4460