P.E. Application Process

TBPE staff produced a series of new instructional videos to assist applicants. Click on the image below to go to the YouTube playlist.

video link to YouTube Online Application Are You Qualified? Criminal History Record Check Application Flowchart Application Process Paper Forms Military Service Members (Military Veteran & Spouses)

The process of applying for licensure is rather time-consuming and you should give yourself plenty of lead-time prior to the date that you wish to have the application submitted. Once the complete application is submitted, the average processing time for applications is four to six weeks, depending on the adequacy of your submittal. If the Board permits you to take the PE examination, you will be allowed to pay the examination fee and schedule the next examination before the deadline. These deadlines are about 8 weeks before the examination (Click here for exam dates and deadlines).

An application for a license from a military spouse shall be processed and reviewed as soon as practicable in accordance with the applicable Board rules. If this applies to you, please notify us in writing with your application.

Note that the process described below is the STANDARD application 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 application processes for Engineering Educators and for International Licensure.

For more information about licensure, visit the Licensing Information page.

Are You Qualified?

The first step to applying is to make sure you are qualified to apply.

The following is a list of steps you must complete (in their chronological order) prior to applying for PE licensure:

1. Evaluate your education and determine the category under which you qualify for licensure. If you believe that you may have any deficiencies, you should contact the Board for clarification, as the application fees are non-refundable.

2. Take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or request a waiver. The FE examination is offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). You should refer to the NCEES website for exam information and registration at http://www.ncees.org/exams/.

3. Evaluate your engineering experience. Again, if you believe that you have any deficiencies, you should contact the Board for clarification. DO NOT ANTICIPATE EXPERIENCE. The minimum experience must be earned prior to application submittal. Applications submitted when claimed experience prior to the date of submittal is less than the minimum requirements shall be automatically non-approved with no opportunity for reconsideration or return of fees.

For more information about qualifications, visit our Basic Requirements for Licensure or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages.

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Criminal History Record Check

Effective January 1, 2014, an applicant for professional engineer licensure in Texas must submit a legible set of fingerprints to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from the TXDPS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. See more information at https://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck.html.

Application Flowchart

There are several steps that your application will pass through after you have submitted all the information to the Board.

The steps are listed below, but we have also created this handy flowchart so you know where your application is in the process.

1. Make sure you are qualified.

2. Submit the information required (see next section).

3. Administrative Review: After all the parts are received at the Board office, they will be checked for completeness. If anything is missing, has not been received, or there are obvious errors, you will be notified of the deficiency. Please submit the required information as soon as possible, as your applicant cannot proceed if it is not complete.

4. Technical Review: After everything is complete, the application will move to the Director of Licensing, who will review and evaluate the content of the application (exams, experience, education, references, etc.) If there are any problems, you will be contacted and requested to address the issue.

5. Decision: If everything checks out, the Director of Licensing will approve your application. NOTE: If there are issues that cannot be resolved by the Director, the application may be circulated for Board review, or you may be requested to appear before the Board. You will be notified if this is the case.

6. Exam Registration: If you were approved to take the PE exam, you will need to register for the exam online.
Click here to go to the NCEES website for exam registration.

Note that this is a separate step that you must complete; you are NOT automatically registered to take the next PE examination.

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Application Process

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 legible set of fingerprints to the Texas Department of Public Safety for criminal history record information.

The APPLICANT must submit items 1-3 directly to the Board:

1. Application and $80 Application Fee
2. Supplementary Experience Record (SER) – (Form EB-13)
3. Ethics Exam


Use this system to submit the PE application, pay the application fee and take the Ethics Exam. Click here to start.
Supplementary Experience Record (SER) – (Form EB-13) Either original signed by applicant (provide copies to reference providers to co-sign) or NCEES record*.

Application Form – (Form EB-04)
Supplementary Experience Record (SER) – (Form EB-13) Either original signed by applicant (provide copies to reference providers to co-sign) or NCEES record*.
Texas Engineering Professional Conduct and Ethics Answer Sheet - Form EB-01 or Online Ethics Exam Page

The APPLICANT must have the educational institution send item #4 DIRECTLY to the Board:
4. College/University transcripts - Either request from university or NCEES record*.

The APPLICANT should send items #5-6 to their REFERENCE PROVIDERS.

After completion, the reference materials can be send either directly to the Board by the reference providers themselves, or the applicants may collect the envelopes and send them to the Board:

5. Either submit using Reference Statement Form (Form EB-15), ) or NCEES record*.

6. Co-Signed SER (Copy of item #2 above) Must be signed by both applicant and reference provider.

Include the following items IF APPLICABLE:

  • Statement and copies of information related to Criminal Convictions
  • Either Verification of Prior Passage of Examinations if taken outside of Texas (Directly from state board where you took the exam – Form EB-38) or NCEES record*. Note - you do not need this form if you took the exams in Texas.
  • Either Verification of Current License in another jurisdiction (Form EB-38) or NCEES record*.
  • Verification of Legal Name Change (due to marriage, immigration, etc.)
  • Commercial Evaluation of Foreign / Non-Accredited Degree (Click here for more information)
  • Translation of Foreign Degree
  • Proof of TOEFL/TSE or signed statement of proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Written request for waiver of one or more exams.

    *Application Notice: The NCEES Record
    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.

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Forms/Instructions for applying for Licensure as a Professional Engineer

The forms are in several different formats.

Online Application
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.

Online Forms
These forms are available in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. They can be completed on-line, printed, then mailed to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, 1917 S Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78741. 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.

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