Nebraska Board of Geologists

Reciprocal Licensure

Professional geologists roster


Applicants seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Geologists in Nebraska by reciprocity must:

  • Hold a bachelor's or advanced degree in geology or geological specialty;
  • Have a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours of course work in geology including at least five of the following seven courses or their equivalents:
    • Field Geology
    • Physical Geology
    • Mineralogy
    • Petrology/Petrography
    • Structural Geology
    • Stratigraphy/Sedimentology/Soils
    • Hydrogeology
  • Have passed both the FG and PG exams – This requirement may be waived if you have been continuously licensed in good standing since December 31, 1999, or have been licensed for a minimum of fifteen years in another jurisdiction in good standing;
  • Have four references, at least two from licensed professional or qualified geologists, who are willing to attest to your character and qualifications; and
  • Have five years of progressive experience obtained subsequent to the completion of the education requirements; OR
  • Been licensed in good standing for at least fifteen (15) years in another jurisdiction recognized by the Board. Applicants by licensed experience may not be required to meet the education or examination requirements; and
    • Have four references from professional geologists.

Application Process

To apply for licensure in Nebraska, an applicant must:

  • Completed and submit the Application for Licensure as a Professional Geologist along with the application fee.
  • Request a copy of your official transcripts be sent directly to the Nebraska board from the institution(s), or its authorized agent(s), from which your geology degree was earned. Electronic copies may be sent to the Board at
  • Have four references forms submitted directly to the Nebraska board from the individuals completing the forms. Two must be from professional or qualified geologists. If applying by experience, all references must be from professional geologists.
  • Have verification of current licensure in good standing submitted directly to the Nebraska board.
  • Have verification of passage of the FG and PG examsIf the exams were not taken, verification that you have been continuously licensed in good standing since December 31, 1999, or verification of having a minimum of fifteen (15) years of licensed geological experience is required.

Once all information and documentation have been received, your application will be reviewed by the Board for its review and action at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Once approved, you will be issued a license to practice geology in this state.

Note: All licenses expire on December 31st regardless of when they are issued throughout the year. Your application fee does not include your first year’s renewal fee.


Obtaining a Seal

Licensees may use the company of their choice to obtain an official license seal. For your convenience, a list of companies offering this service can be found on our Links of Interest page.

Licensure Application

Reference Form

Verification of Licensure/Examination Form

Reinstatement of Licensure

A licensee may reinstate a license which is expired for over one year by submitting a new application fee and all supporting documentation as well as meeting the current licensing requirements. Once the application packet has been completed, the application will be forwarded to the Board for its review and action at its next regularly scheduled board meeting. Upon approval, your license will be reinstated.

Licensure Application

Verification of Licensure/Examination Form

Temporary Permits

A non-resident professional geologist having no established place of business in this state who holds a current license in good standing issued in another licensing authority recognized by the Board may apply for a Temporary Permit to provide geologic services for no more than one project, not to exceed one year in length. The temporary permit holder uses his/her seal from the state of verified licensure when sealing documents pertaining to the Nebraska project accompanied with the information provided by the Nebraska Board. In order to obtain a temporary permit an applicant is required to:

  • Submit a Temporary Permit Application with the applicable fee
  • Have verification of licensure in good standing in another jurisdiction sent to the Board – you will need to contact the jurisdiction who will be providing the verification for any fees they may charge.

A project being carried out in Nebraska under an organization’s name must have a professional geologist in charge that is licensed in Nebraska. Most simply, organizations cannot use temporary permits.

If an individual wishes to practice after the Temporary Permit has expired or after the specified project is completed, they will be required to apply for licensure.

Temporary Permit Application

Verification of Licensure/Examination Form

If you have any questions, please contact us.