Licensing

[image] Save time and money when applying for practising licence online. Once you are registered, and if you wish to carry out prescribed electrical work in your own right, you must uplift a practising licence.

Once registered and if you have completed competency based training you are entitled to uplift a practising licence. You may pay for your practising licence at same time as applying for registration.

After that, you need to renew your licence and pay the licence fee every two years.

To renew your licence, you must have completed a competence programme within the past two years.

You should carry your licence card with you whenever you are at work.

If your licence card is lost or stolen

Complete the replacement card form and send it with the replacement fee to the address given on the form.

Replacement certificate, licence or card application form [PDF, 95 KB]

ID Card licence requirements

In 2015 new and improved licence ID cards will include a photograph and all classes of registration will be shown on a single card. This ensures that no one else can use your ID card if it is lost or stolen and improves the overall professionalism of the trade. Your Licence renewal with a colour photo ID card will cost no more than in 2013.

To ensure that every ID card is produced to a high standard only passport standard and size photographs will be accepted. Photographic images of a different size (the ratio must be 3:4 – width to height) result in a stretched image on ID cards.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a professionally produced digital photograph to passport standards, but if you already have a photo or wish to take your own photo that meets the standard it will be accepted.

ID Card photograph standards

To ensure that every ID card is produced to a high standard only passport quality and appropriately sized photographs will be accepted. Photographic images submitted with your application must be:

  • A face, head and shoulders shot, looking directly at the camera and less than 6 months old.
  • No sunglasses, or glasses with tinted lenses that obscure your eyes.
  • 3:4 – width to height ratio, in full colour.
  • Between 50KB and 5MB in size (or printed image for paper applications).

The Board may also refuse photographs which are not of adequate quality or are composed in a way that is unsuitable for use on an ID card.

Upload your photograph now

Avoid the rush and upload your photograph now. You can login to your account online. (external link) Upload your photograph by clicking My Profile and then Photo ID . There is no fee and the upload process is quick and easy. Alternatively you can upload your photograph at the time you renew your practising licence online.

Get your photo taken at any PostShop and receive a 25% discount

To assist with the cost of obtaining a quality photo for your licence ID card MBIE has negotiated a 25% discount for electrical workers when they purchase a photo (either printed or electronic) at one of the 150 PostShop stores nationwide that provide the service.  To receive your discount simply quote the discount code, BUILD or show the PostShop staff a copy of Electron issue 76.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I get in early and submit my photograph now?
A. Yes, but only online

Q. Can I submit a photograph with my online application for licence renewal?
A. Yes, but not until the licence renewal round opens in April 2015

Q. Can I submit a paper photograph with a paper application for license renewal?
A. Yes, but not until the licence renewal round opens in April 2015 and note that paper practising licence renewal attracts a higher fee of $190 compared to just $120 for the equivalent document filed online.

Q. Where is the nearest PostShop to me?
A. The New Zealand Post website (external link) can help you find your nearest PostShop to take your photograph