How to get your professional engineer license by comity

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The application submittal process is changing effective August 1, 2015.

Find out what you need to know in the Application Submittal Process Changes Effective August 1, 2015 news update.

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 (EIT) exam.
  • Pass the Washington Law and Ethics exam.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Professional Engineer Registration Application:
    • Send pages 1–3 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’re having an NCEES engineering record sent to us, only complete and send us pages 1–2. You don’t need to send us the Experience Record Summary on page 3.)
    • Send pages 4–7 (Experience Description and Verification) to the people who are verifying your work experience. They will send the finished form directly to us when they’re done.
  2. Go to and follow the instructions for requesting a license/exam verification.
  3. 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 online law and ethics exam before we can consider approving your application.
  • or
  • 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.

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