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 the following eligibility requirements:
- Pass the required engineering exams of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
- Hold an active engineering license with one of the member boards of the NCEES.
- Have exam results verified by the NCEES or the appropriate member board.
- Have your professional license status verified by the member board that issued the license.
- All verifications must be originals and sent directly to the Washington Board by the NCEES or appropriate member board.
These requirements were effective August 1, 2012 for all engineering comity applications and also applies to all other comity applications not approved by the Board prior to August 1, 2012.
If you don’t meet both of the requirements above, you can’t apply for a license in Washington by comity. See Engineer by exam to learn how to get your license.
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.
- If you don’t have a current license from an approved jurisdiction, you must apply by exam to get a license in Washington.
- Have at least 8 years of Washington board-approved engineering experience.
- Have passed the Professional Engineer (PE) exam.
- Have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT) exam.
- You can apply to waive the EIT exam if you have:
- An approved degree in engineering and 12 years of verifiable experience.
- A Ph.D. in engineering from a program approved by the board.
- Pass the Washington Law and Ethics exam.
How to apply
- Complete a Professional Engineer Registration Application:
- Go to https://verify.ncees.org and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
- If you want education considered toward requirements, ask your school to send an official transcript (not a photocopy) to us at:
Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9025
Olympia, WA 98507
Frequently asked questions
What happens after I submit my application?
We evaluate your application and documentation, and send you an email telling you:
- You must complete the law and ethics exam before getting approval for the licensing exam.
- We need additional information to process your application.
How long will it take to get my license?
We process applications daily, and issue licenses once a month. Assuming all your documents are in order and you pass the required law and ethics exam, you could be approved in a week, or it could take several months.
How will my name appear on my license and wall certificate?
Your name will appear exactly the way you entered it on your application.