Professional Engineer Licensure Overview 

VERIFICATION OF EXAM(S)/PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER (P.E.) LICENSE:

If you need verification of your Arkansas license or examinations for another jurisdiction, it may be possible to do it in an expedited manner electronically by visiting the NCEES License/Exam Verification website. If the state is listed, then select that state and supply the requested information.  If it's not listed, please complete their form and forward to the Board's office via email, fax, or USPS.

APPLY ONLINE FOR A P.E. OR A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION (COA) FIRM LICENSE - Through Professional Engineer Licensing System (PELS). If this is your first time accessing our online services through the Professional Engineer Licensing System (PELS) you'll need to create a "New Online User" account and password by clicking on the link.


APPLICATION & INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Offering to perform, contracting for or initiating engineering services prior to the applicant or his firm becoming licensed may be a violation of the Board's Laws and Rules (A.C.A.§17-30-305 and Article 16).  If a violation occurs it could subject the applicant and or firm to disciplinary action and fines and/or delay or prohibit the applicant or firm from becoming licensed.


How to Begin - There are four ways to access an application, online, download, by mail or email. By far the easiest, fastest, and most user friendly is Online, click Apply for a License and you're on your way! The Complete Licensure Packet (bottom of this page) can be downloaded then printed or saved, requested by mail or EMAIL.  The FREE Acrobat Reader is required to view and print the PDF document (click HERE to obtain the Acrobat Reader program).

How to apply -The instructions below pertain to those who wish to obtain a P.E. License.
  • Online: complete the online application, forward your verification(s) and reference forms to the appropriate parties, and pay your fees. 
OR
  • Paper: Payment must accompany your paper application which is mailed  to the Board's office.  The PE complete licensure packet located at the bottom of this page contains instructions for completing the forms.   COMITY applicants, if you have an NCEES council record, the instruction page lists which forms we will accept from your record. Paper applications will be returned if these instructions are not followed.
Which license do you seek?
  • Comity License - An Arkansas license based upon a current license in another state.  
  • Original License - This will be your first license and you will take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (P&PE) Exam.
Fees - All fees shall be non-refundable unless waived by Board action and must be received before the application will be reviewed. ALL EXAM FEES ARE NOW PAID TO NCEES. The Application Fees are:
  • Comity License -     $200.00
  • Original License -  $  75.00 and after approval, you'll receive an email with instructions about paying your P&PE exam fee. ALL EXAM FEES ARE NOW PAID TO NCEES. 
THE PROCESS STARTS BY PAYING YOUR APPLICATION FEE.  IF YOU REGISTER WITH NCEES BEFORE THIS STEP, YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT EXAM IN SIX MONTHS.
    Payment - how you pay is based upon how you applied:
    • Online: credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or e-check.
    • Paper: check (personal, company or bank) or money order payable to PELS Board.

    Application Status - Upon successful verification of submitted information, the application will be reviewed and you'll receive an email regarding the decision to:

    • Interview - The Board may request an interview (Article 11.B). 
    • Approve - 
      • Comity: For license
      • Original: For license subject to passing the P&PE Exam
    • Reject Your application and the reason why.

    Examinations -  Are given in APRIL and OCTOBER any application completed AFTER the following deadlines will be retained until the next testing date.

    • APRIL - The application must be completed by JANUARY 1st.
    • OCTOBER - The application must be complete by JULY 1st.

    Exam Results Notifications - Will be e-mailed from NCEES.

    Licensure Packet -The P.E. Complete Licensure Packet contains all documents needed to apply for licensure based upon exam or another state P.E. license.  THESE DOCUMENTS ARE FOR APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO SUBMIT A PAPER APPLICATION.

    Apply Online for a License instead, view the instructions for Online Application.

    P.E. Complete Licensure Packet with instructionsWORD | PDF