Getting Your Individual License

Qualified individuals may apply to this board for a license to practice professional engineering (PE) and/or a license to practice professional land surveying (PLS):
For information and instructions on how to apply for a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER (PE) license Click Here: 

For information and instructions on how to apply for a PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR (PLS) license, Click here:

Please note that in all applications we will ask you to select a default mailing address.  This will be your address of record with us that we will use for correspondence.  It will also be the address released as part of an Open Records request.  For faster communication, we ask that you also provide an email address and phone number.

Who May Apply 

This Board accepts applications for INITIAL LICENSURE from qualified individuals who are not already licensed, and for LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT from qualified individuals who already hold a current license from another jurisdiction.  This board also accepts applications for REINSTATEMENT from individuals whose Kentucky license has expired.

A person may not be eligible for licensure if not of good character and reputation, if convicted of a felony within the past ten years involving violence, sexual misconduct, fraud, or deceit, or judged mentally incompetent.

Admission to practice must be determined by individual qualifications.

Kentucky law does not allow the issuance of temporary licenses to practice engineering or surveying.

Tax Compliance

Per KRS 131.1817, our Board provides information on licensees and permit holders to the Kentucky Department of Revenue for the purpose of tax compliance.  If you have questions regarding tax issues, please contact the Department of Revenue at

Methods of Becoming Licensed 

The Kentucky Revised Statutes provide two methods by which a qualified applicant may become licensed to practice in Kentucky:
KRS 322.040 and KRS 322.045 set forth the requirements for INITIAL LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION.
KRS 322.120  sets forth the requirements for LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT on the basis of having met the requirements for licensure in another state or jurisdiction, which requirements were not lower than those effective in Kentucky on the date of the applicant's original licensure.

201 KAR 18:115 sets forth the requirements for REINSTATEMENT of a license. ​
Please note that all fees are non-refundable.


All examinations required by this board are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying - NCEES.

All NCEES exams are now computer basted testing (CBT).
Beginnint January 1, 2024, exam fees will be as follows:
Fundamentals of Engineering              $225
Fundamentals of Surveying                 $225
Principles & Practice of Engineering    $400
Principles & Practice of Surveying       $375
PE Structural Exams:
     Vertical breadth section                  $350
     Vertical depth section                     $350
     Lateral breadth section                  $350
     Lateral depth section                     $350

The new prices will apply to registrations completed on or after January 1, 2024.
NOTICE TO VETERANS - all the exams have been approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for reimbursement as part of their benefits program.  Please contact your local VA for further information.


NCEES Record

​​​​All applications require a complete and up-to-date NCEES Record.  The NCEES Record is a service of NCEES.  It is a comprehensive record of your professional career, based on information you provide.  It includes information on your education and degrees, the exams you have taken, your professional work experiences, verification of that experience, professional references, and verification of your licenses in other states.   Please go to​ and log in to, or create, your MyNCEES Account.  From there, you can learn more about the Record program and start the process to have your own Record compiled.  Once compiled, you can authorize NCEES to transmit your Record to any member board.


​​​​NCEES also facilitates the request for, retention and delivery of verifications of your exam results and state licenses.  To get started go to​ and log in to, or create, your MyNCEES Account.  From there, you can manage your verifications and verification requests.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Interested in a Land Surveying or Engineering Scholarships?

For Land Surveying Scholarships, click HERE.
For Engineering Scholarships, click HERE.
: Getting Your Individual License