How to get your professional engineer license by comity
Important requirements if you’re currently licensed outside of Washington
Applicants for professional engineering licensure by comity must meet these requirements:
- Hold an active engineering license with one of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) boards.
- Pass the required NCEES exams.
- Have exam results verified by the NCEES or the appropriate board.
- Have your professional license status verified by the board that issued the license.
- All verifications must be originals and sent to the Washington Board by the NCEES or appropriate board.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you can’t apply for a license in Washington by comity.
If you’re licensed in another state and want a Professional Engineer license in Washington, you must:
- Be currently licensed in a U.S. state or other Washington board-approved jurisdiction.
- Have at least 8 years of Washington board-approved engineering experience.
- Have passed the Professional Engineer (PE) exam.
- Have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The Washington Board no longer offers a waiver of the FE exam.
- Pass the Washington Law Review.
How to apply
- Complete a Professional Engineer Registration Application:
- Go to https://account.ncees.org/login and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
- Official transcripts from colleges/universities are required for applicants who want education considered toward the 8-year experience requirement. Official transcripts must accompany the completed application and be in an envelope sealed by the college/university.
Once we receive your application and fee, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to access the online Law Review. You must complete the Law Review before your application will be considered for licensure. For help in understanding the application process, please see the comity application flowchart.
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