Due to an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation and in following declarations issued by Governor Abbott, the following actions have been taken. Please follow this page as any updates related to this ever changing issue will be posted here.

Last Updated August 31, 2020


Facility Updates

TBPELS Office Closed

In order to do our part in the fight against COVID-19, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors' office building is closed for the foreseeable future. If you need to drop off paperwork, please use the drop box to the right of the door.

Staff Members Are Teleworking

Send your emails to info@pels.texas.gov
This email is monitored throught out the day during normal work hours. Your message will be routed and responded to by the appropriate department.

Definition of Essential Services

Recently, Shelter-In-Place or Stay-At-Home orders have been issued by local governmental authorities.  TBPELS is not the entity in charge of issuing these orders or determining if specific engineering or surveying firms or engineering or surveying work is considered essential as described by the local government in your area. There has been no state-wide declaration, so please refer to the directions given by those authorities.

In each order (which can vary by jurisdiction), the issuing jurisdiction defines terms such as essential business, essential government, essential infrastructure, etc.  For example, some orders mention provisions for utilities, local infrastructure, construction, real estate, etc. to continue to operate.  These are areas where engineers or surveyors commonly work and the call would be made by the local jurisdiction and your employer. 

TBPELS will keep you up to date on any new developments in this area.

Governor Abbott's Executive Order

"Essential Service" as Defined by Texas Executive Order GA-14

Outreach Events

Due to an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation, TBPELS has decided not to conduct any face-to-face meetings in the near future. In 2021, we'll review the situation and make determinations for future events. Webinars and video conferences are being held. Schedule your event by going to: http://engineers.texas.gov/outreach.html

Continuing Education and License Renewals

PE License renewals are due on the expiration date as are the associated continuing education requirements. However, we understand that the COVID-19 virus is very serious and has caused the cancelation or postponements of various continuing education courses, conferences, and other events. IF you are audited for this renewal period and IF you didn't complete your hours due to a verifiable canceled or unavailable course or event based on COVID-19, let us know at the time of the audit. Please keep in mind that Board rules allow 5 hours of self-study per renewal cycle and that online courses may also be counted for continuing education purposes.

Open Records Requests

In order to do our part in the fight against COVID-19, the physical office building is closed for the foreseeable future. Processing times for any documents submitted, including public information act requests, will be delayed.

Criminal History Record Check Centers (IdentoGO Electronic Fingerprinting)

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, IdentoGO is experiencing a temporary reduction of enrollment center hours as well as some office closures. Refer to this website: https://www.identogo.com/covid19 for additional information.


April/June 2020 RPLS, RCP and LSLS Exams
The exams have been postponed and combined with the October 2020 exams. COVID-19 continues to impact the TBPELS Agency as well as our State and communities. Due to the recommendations of public health officials, executive orders from the Governor, and directions from our Professional Board, the TBPELS is postponing the Texas April / June 2020 surveying exams until the October 2020 exam date. If you have already paid the exam fee for the April or June exams, the fee will be applied to the Friday, October 16, 2020 exam. If you choose not to sit for the exam in June, then your exam fee will be refunded. Future notices and specific information about the exam will be sent as it develops.

Pearson VUE Test Centers Begin to Reopen 
Test delivery to a subset of Pearson VUE test centers will resume on May 1. Test centers must operate in compliance with local guidelines and restrictions. Due to varying state restrictions, examinees should verify test center requirements before arriving. In most cases, test centers will require examinees to provide their own face mask for admittance. Additional information is available at: https://home.pearsonvue.com/essential-services-faqs

Capacity at Test centers
Capacity has been reduced at all test centers to comply with social distancing requirements. Examinees impacted by the implementation of reduced capacity requirements have been contacted by Pearson VUE. Examinees are strongly encouraged to log in to MyNCEES to check the status of their appointment and test center location. Appointments are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Examinees who need to schedule or reschedule an appointment should do so as soon as possible through their MyNCEES account for the best availability. Onlly open test centers will appear in your search.

2020 Paper-and-Pencil Exams by NCEES

  • This cancelled April exams will not count toward exam attempts. Examinees who are on their last attempt will be allowed to reschedule for the next exam.

  • Exams offered only once a year during the April 2020 administration will be offered during the October 2020 administration.

  • Registration for the October 2020 exam administration is currently scheduled to open June 15. Registration may open earlier to accommodate the anticipated increase in examinee volume for October 2020. More information will be shared as it is available.

  • Exams usually offered once a year during the April administration will be offered in October.

  • Please visit the following page for more information https://ncees.org/covid-19/ and contact NCEES with specific questions.