The first step to applying is to make sure you are qualified. The following is a list of steps you must complete (in their chronological order) prior to applying for PE licensure:
Applicants must submit a set of fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from TXDPS and the FBI. See more information at CHRC Instructions.Back to Top
There are several steps your application will pass through. These are listed below, but we have also created this handy flowchart so you know where your application is in the process.Application Flowchart
The process of applying for licensure is rather time-consuming and you should give yourself plenty of lead-time. Average processing time is two months (or eight weeks), depending on the adequacy of your submittal. If the Board permits you to take the PE exam, you will be allowed to pay the fee at NCEES and schedule the exam.
Note, the process described below is the STANDARD process used to apply to take the PE exam or if you already have taken the PE exam and are licensed in another state. There are different processes for Engineering Educators and for International Licensure.
For more information about licensure, visit the Licensing Information page.
To apply for a license an applicant must complete and submit the items listed below. This list is also available in a handy checklist format.
All applicants must submit a set of fingerprints for criminal history record information. CHRC Instructions.
PE applications can be submitted online (with online payment) or via mail (with a check).Online PE Application (Pay Online) PE Application Forms (Pay with check)
Either original signed by applicant (provide copies to reference providers to co-sign) or NCEES record*.Supplementary Experience Record (SER)
The Ethics Exam can be taken online or submitted via mail.Online Ethics Exam Paper Ethics Exam Answer Sheet & Questions
Applicants must have the educational institution send transcripts directly to the board. Request from university or NCEES record*.
This form should be sent to the reference provider by the applicant. After completion, reference materials may be sent directly to the board by the reference providers, or the applicants.Reference Statement Form
*NCEES record may also be used to verify reference information.
Copy of item #2 above. Must be signed by both applicant and reference provider. Once all the signature are present, the co-signed SER may be sent directly to the board by the reference provider, or the applicant.Supplementary Experience Record (SER)
Include the following items if applicable:
Staff produced a series of new instructional videos to assist applicants.Youtube Playlist
The NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) record may be accepted as verification of an original transcript from a U.S. school if the record copy is legible. It can also be used to verify licenses and examinations from other states, work experience and reference information. Note - It is still necessary for applicants to complete the application form in its entirety along with the completed Ethics Examination.Back to Top
The forms are in several different formats.
We have a new Online PE Application System for the first initial part of the application process. This system allows submittal of the application form, application payment, Supplementary Experience Record (SER), and the Ethics Exam. We are working to add the remaining items to this online system. Until the system is complete, the remaining items must be submitted through the standard paper process. Refer to the checklist for a complete list of all items to be submitted. Go to our downloads page for the other forms you will need to complete the process.
These forms are available in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. They can be completed on-line, printed, then mailed to the board. Instructions for the forms, the Ethics Exam, and the Law & Board Rules can be downloaded and printed for your use when completing the forms. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.
All the required forms are available in an easy to use Application Packet. The packet can be downloaded. The forms can then be filled out, printed and mailed to the Board. As an alternative to the large packet, each form is available on the Downloads Page.
An applicant may also contact the board to receive paper copies of the application forms via regular mail. Please note, the Board does not accept handwritten applications. All applications must be typewritten.Back to Top