How to Become a Professional Engineer in Multiple States

Oftentimes, professional engineers will be required to be licensed in multiple states to further their careers. But how do you obtain a multi-state PE license, if there is such a thing? We receive emails about this topic several times a month, so we wanted to break it down and help you on your way to practicing engineering across state lines.

Is there a multi-state PE license?

No. Professional engineering licensure is regulated at the state level, which means a professional engineer must receive a separate license for every state he or she wishes to practice in. The license does not carry over regardless of how much work you perform in each state or how close you are to a neighboring state.

Does this mean I need to retake the PE exam for each state?

Before you go into a panic, the answer is no. You will need to resubmit your exam results, but as long as you passed the PE exam, you will not need to retake it.

What materials do I need to apply for additional PE licenses?

Similar to the first license you applied for, you’ll need to resubmit your college transcripts, exam results, employment verifications, and professional references. However, some state licensing boards may require additional materials, too.

How do I reapply for additional licensing?

Our friends at the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying have a Records programs that makes it simple to obtain multi-state PE licensing. You just submit the above materials and then NCEES reviews them and submits them to the licensing board on your behalf. This process is valid for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more here.

How much does it cost to use the Records program?

The first transmittal is $175 and each additional transmittal is $75. There are no additional fees for using the program.

Having multi-state PE licensing is a wonderful step in your career and furthers the professional engineering mission of safeguarding the public. Are you a new licensee in New Jersey? Become an NJSPE member today!


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