How to get your license: Professional engineer by comity

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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.

Licensing requirements

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

Online

  1. Complete a Professional Engineer Online Application Supplement and have it ready to upload. See Uploading document instructions.
  2. Login and follow the on-screen instructions to submit and pay for your license application.
  3. Complete sections 1 and 2 of a Professional Engineering Experience and Verification form for each work experience you are having verified. Have the work verifier complete section 3 and return the form to the address shown on page 1 of the form.
  4. Go to NCEES (ncees.org) and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
  5. If you want education considered toward the 8 year experience requirement, you must request official transcripts from colleges/universities. Have them sent to:
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9025
    Olympia, WA 98507-9025
    Email: engineers@dol.wa.gov (Email must be sent directly from the school)
  6. After we receive your online application and payment, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to access the online Law Review.

Want to apply by mail?

  1. Complete a Professional Engineer Registration Application and send it with a check or money order for the $110 fee (payable to the Department of Licensing) to::
    Department of Licensing
    Business and Professions Division
    PO Box 35001
    Seattle, WA 98124-3401
    • If you aren’t having an NCEES record sent to us, complete the Applicant portion of a Professional Engineering Experience and Verification form for each experience you are having verified and send it to the experience verifier.
      • The verifier must complete their portion and return it to you in a sealed envelope signed across the flap.
      • The verification must be submitted with your application.
  2. Go to NCEES (ncees.org) and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
  3. You must include official transcripts from colleges/universities with your application if you want education considered toward the 8 year experience requirement. Official transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the college/university.
  4. 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.

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