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Renew, reinstate or replace a licence

Have you upgraded to ESVConnect?

You cannot apply for or renew your licence if you have not done so, as ESV no longer sends paper-based renewals to your postal address.

ESVConnect is ESV’s online system for electrical licensing, registration, purchasing and managing Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) and Cathodic Protection Systems (CPS).

It is your responsibility to ensure your licences, registrations and contact details are up to date.

If you currently hold a licence or registration with ESV, you must upgrade your account to ESVConnect. Online Services is no longer available for REC’s, LEW’s and IC’s effective from the 8th November 2019.

To recover your Online Services user id and password, lodge an enquiry on our Licensing Contact form on the Contact us page or contact the Licensing team on 1800 815 721.

ESVConnect works best on Chrome, and is compatible with other major browsers including Safari, Edge and Firefox.  Do not use Internet Explorer to access ESVConnect, it has not been built to operate on it.

For licensing, ESVConnect will need to be accessed on a desktop/laptop computer.

Once you have registered your ESVConnect account all your licence associations should appear under your profile. If this does not occur, please lodge a query via the ‘ask a question’ function in the help box under ‘My applications’ on your ESVConnect profile page, or contact the Licensing Team for further assistance.ESVConnect licence associations

Licence and registration renewal

Licence and registration renewal is for a five-year period. Refer to the Electrical licensing fees page for renewal fees.

Your licence, or registration renewal can be accessed as follows:

  1. Select the electrical licence/REC to be renewed from under the heading ‘My Licences’ / ‘My Registrations’ on your ESVConnect home page.
  2. Select the ‘Renew Licence’ button on the top right of your ESVConnect electrical licence profile, and the ‘Start Renewal’ button on the top right of your registration profile exactly three months prior to your licence or registration expiry date.
    ESVConnect licence renewal buttons
  3. Follow the prompts to answer the questions and make payment for the renewal application and submit the application for review by ESV
    Once your renewal application has been finalised, your new licence/REC card will be posted out to the relevant postal address on file with ESV.

Find out more on Registering for ESVConnect.

It is your responsibility to ensure your licence is current and ESV has the correct contact details for you.

Energy Safe Victoria must cancel the licence of an electrical worker or Electrical Contractor who does not apply for renewal of the licence by the renewal date specified on the licence card.

Licence or registration cancellation will result in you having to re-apply at the full fee, not the reduced renewal fee (presuming you are still eligible for the licence type you’re applying for).

Electrical licence fees

ESV’s application and electrical licence renewal fees are reviewed and set by the Department of Treasury and Finance ahead of each financial year.

AMR licences and registrations are not renewable

AMR licences and registrations are not renewable and expire on the same date that your interstate licence expires. When you renew your interstate licence, you must notify ESV of your continued intent to work in Victoria under AMR arrangements and lodge your notification via the appropriate channel as detailed here.

Reinstate a Cancelled Licence/Registration

If your licence/registration is cancelled and you wish to reinstate it, you will need to complete the appropriate Reinstatement Form and email the completed form along with any relevant supporting documents to

Electrician’s (A-Grade) Licence Reinstatement Form:

Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) Reinstatement Form:

Restricted Electrical Worker’s Licence (REL) Reinstatement Form:

Licensed Electrical Inspector (LEI) Reinstatement Form:

*It is important to note that licences/registrations that were cancelled over 5 years ago will require assessments to be completed prior to reinstating them. Please refer to the information on the relevant reinstatement form for details.

Replace a licence card

If your licence card has been lost or stolen, ESV will issue a free replacement card.

Identity theft is a serious offence

If your card was stolen, it is advisable to report these circumstances to the police, as it could be used to steal your identity and cause injury to your professional reputation.

What to do for a replacement card

Log into ESVConnect with your email ID and password, then select ‘Replace licence card’ under the licence or registration profile. Once you have lodged your request it will be attended to by the Licensing team and a new card will be sent in the mail.

Contact us

You can contact our licensing team in the following ways:

Monday, Thursday, Friday — 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday — 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday — 9:00am to 12:30pm