Establishing an NCEES Record is the most efficient way to complete the licensure process in multiple states. You must have an active professional engineering or surveying license in one of the U.S. jurisdictions to participate in the Records Program. Once established, an NCEES Record will include most—if not all—of the materials you need to apply for comity licensure in additional states and territories.

If you are a Council Record holder, NCEES will electronically submit your materials directly to the state licensing board on your behalf each time you apply for a license. This saves time and simplifies the application process when you need to practice in multiple states.

Steps for completing the Record application process

1. Creation of an account

Click here to create an account and provide the requested information. A confirmation email from will be sent to the email address you provided when creating the account. This email contains information needed to complete your application.

2. Completion of all sections of the online application

The application is divided into seven sections—Education, Examinations, Licensure, References, Questions for the Applicant, Experience Record, and Payment Information.

You are required to list your education in chronological order (beginning with high school), including each college, university, and technical school attended. Include all work for which academic credit is given. Prior to beginning this portion of the application, review these frequently asked questions on how to complete the Education section of the application.

You are required to provide information regarding the Fundamentals of Engineering and Principles and Practice of Engineering exams. If your state board waived the FE exam requirement for your initial license, enter your PE exam date and jurisdiction information for both the FE and PE.

You are required to provide information regarding your first (or original) professional engineering or surveying license as well as any subsequent jurisdictions in which you were licensed. If the original license is not current, evidence showing proof of continuous licensure is required.

You are required to provide five references who can reflect the character and diversity of your experience and are personally acquainted with your professional reputation. For engineering applicants, references must be engineers who are licensed in the United States. For surveying applicants, references must be surveyors who are licensed in the United States.

Questions for the Applicant
You are required to answer a brief series of questions regarding the status and history of your license. Explanations and copies of documents must be provided when requested in order to continue.

Experience Record
You are required to provide a chronological listing of your work experience, beginning with graduation from a college or university. If you delayed entering college, you must account for work experience beginning with graduation from high school, whether or not it’s engineering or surveying related. All time after high school must be accounted for with no time gaps. Providing accurate and thorough experience information is critical to the overall process of establishing an NCEES Record. Prior to beginning this portion of the application, review these frequently asked questions on how to complete the Experience section of the application.

Payment Information
The fee for applicants who have been licensed for more than one year is $150. The fee for applicants who have been licensed for less than one year is $100.
Payments must be made online via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

3. Verifications

All information provided by the applicant must be verified in order to complete the process and establish an active Record. Once your initial application has been completed, the applicant will receive an email notification from NCEES indicating that their file is ready for verification and instructions for completing the verification process.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to download and distribute the proper forms and instructions. The process cannot continue until all required information has been returned to NCEES.

Applications must be completed within one year. After one year from the initial date of application, incomplete applications and any supporting documents received are destroyed. A new application and fee are required.

4. NCEES application review

NCEES must review and verify all transcripts and responses from references and employers.

5. Notification of completion and assignment of Record number

You will receive an email from NCEES when your Record application is complete and a Record number has been assigned to you.