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Professional Engineer – Registration Information

To obtain a Professional Engineer registration by Examination:

1) Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) Examinations.

2) Submit Application for Professional Engineer Registration (Form #1736) and evidence satisfactory to the Professional Engineer Section of experience and education per Wis. Admin. Code § 4.05.

Foreign Education Evaluation: All education received outside the United States, must be evaluated before submitting it to the Department with your application.  The Professional Engineer Section will accept education evaluations only from NCEES Credentials Evaluations. No other credential evaluation services will be accepted.  No credit will be allowed for education submitted without an educational evaluation.  For more information about NCEES credential evaluations, visit the NCEES web site to find out how to apply on-line, or write to:

      Credentials Evaluations Services
      P.O. Box 1686
      Clemson SC 29633‑1686

     Note: If the application data is not submitted online, there will be an additional fee.   Contact NCEES at: (865) 654‑6824

To obtain a registration by Comity (if you hold an unexpired license in another state):

An applicant may apply for registration if he or she holds an unexpired registration in another state in which registration requirements are not lower than those in Wisconsin. The applicant must have passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering, the NCEES Principles and Practice Examination, and currently have an  active license in another US state.

Applicants may apply using NCEES Council Record or by application to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

If applying by NCEES Council Record:

1) Make a request to NCEES asking that they forward your Council Record to the Department.

2) Submit application, supporting documentation, and fee:

If applying by Direct Application:

1) Submit application, supporting documentation, and fee:

Applicants applying for registration under Comity may be eligible for a temporary permit to proceed with a pending project during the time it takes to process the application for registration. An applicant desiring a permit must include a letter specifically requesting the permit which includes a description of the project (location, approximate size, and cost), a copy of their current registration card from the original state of registration and the temporary permit fee. When filling out Application for Professional Engineer Registration (Form #1736), the credential fee and the temporary permit fee must accompany the request for a temporary permit. The temporary permit is optional and is not a requirement for licensure.

If you hold a current license in another state, please have Verification of Examination or Registration (Form #475)​ completed by the state Board where you are currently licensed and/or passed either the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, or Principles and Practice Exam. This form is not required if you are applying using an NCEES council record.

To reinstate a credential that has been expired more than 5 years:

1) Submit application, supporting documentation, and fee:

Registration Seals:  As a credential holder with this Board, you are required to obtain a personal registration seal in compliance with the specifications outlined in Wis. Admin. Code § A-E 2.02.  It is the credential holder's responsibility to obtain a seal, which should only include the numbers before the dash (i.e. 30666-006, 8178-005).  The inner circle area of the seal must include the credential holder's name, credential number, and the city and state where the credential holder resides or is employed.  This information serves as a basis for locating the credential holder and should be the same as the mailing address on file with the Board office (i.e. if the credential holder's address is Memphis, TN, then Memphis, TN must be placed on the inner circle).

Submission of Plans for State Approval: Questions regarding the submission of plans for state approval should be directed to the Safety and Buildings Division of DSPS at (608) 266-3151.

Certificate of Authorization: A firm, partnership, or corporation requesting a certificate of authorization shall submit a completed application and fee to the Department.  See Architectural, Engineering or Designer of Engineering Systems, Corp Certificate for more information.


 Application Process