Department of Water Resources

Programs

Well Driller Licensing and Testing

Licensing:
The State Engineer is charged with licensing and regulating all water well and related drilling in the State of Nevada. Every well driller, before engaging in the physical drilling of a well, must first submit an Application for Well Driller's License and the required statutory fee of $100.
Testing:
After the Application for Well Driller's License and accompanying fee have been received and reviewed by the State Engineer, the applicant will be scheduled to take the license examination. The license exam consists of three parts:
  • Part 1 - A written exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. (Driller Test Instructions)
  • Part 2 - A pass/fail examination in which a point on a United States Geological Survey 15-minute quadrangle map must be correctly identified by 1/4 1/4, 1/4, Section, Township and Range.
  • Part 3 - An oral interview conducted by the Well Drillers' Advisory Board.
Part 1 and Part 2 of the license examination are conducted on the same day. In order to take Part 2 of the exam, an applicant must pass Part 1 with a score of 80% or better. Once an applicant has successfully passed both Part 1 and Part 2 and the State Engineer has recieved all of the required professional references, the applicant will be scheduled to go before the Well Drillers' Advisory Board to take Part 3 of the examination. (See below for scheduled testing times.) All parts of the examintaion must be passed in order for the applicant to obtain a well driller's license.
Well Driller Licensing and Testing
Event TypeDateTime
157 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 01/19/2017 8:30 AM
158 Well Driller Advisory Board - Carson City 02/21/2017 8:30 AM
159 Well Driller Advisory Board - Las Vegas 02/22/2017 8:30 AM
160 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 03/16/2017 8:00 AM
161 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 04/06/2017 8:00 AM
162 Well Driller Advisory Board - Carson City 05/09/2017 8:30 AM
163 Well Driller Advisory Board - Las Vegas 05/10/2017 8:30 AM
164 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 06/15/2017 8:00 AM
165 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 07/13/2017 8:00 AM
166 Well Driller Advisory Board - Carson City 08/08/2017 8:30 AM
167 Well Driller Advisory Board - Las Vegas 08/09/2017 8:30 AM
168 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 09/21/2017 8:00 AM
169 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 10/12/2017 8:00 AM
170 Well Driller Advisory Board - Carson City 11/07/2017 8:30 AM
171 Well Driller Advisory Board - Las Vegas 11/08/2017 8:30 AM
172 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II 12/14/2017 8:00 AM
Testing Locations
Carson City: Nevada Division of Water Resources, 901 South Stewart Street , 2nd Floor, Carson City, Nevada. Point of Contact: Jake Echeverria - 775-684-2813 or Janice Willhite - 775-684-2865
Elko: NV Division of Water Resources, 1250 Lamoille Hwy, Suite 1047, Elko, NV, 89801. Point of Contact: Sunshine Morgan - 775-753-3553.
Las Vegas: Parts 1 and 2 only: 400 Shadow Lane, Suite 201, Las Vegas, NV, 89106. Part 3 (Board Interviews): Grant Sawyer Office Building, 555 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas NV, 89109. Point of Contact: Tracy Geter - 702-486-2770.