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
193 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 07/06/2021 8:30 AM
221 Well Driller Advisory Board - online 08/17/2021 8:30 AM
264 Well Driller Advisory Board meets to conduct part III of the exam - Las Vegas 08/18/2021 8:30 AM
251 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 09/14/2021 8:30 AM
252 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 10/05/2021 8:30 AM
253 Well Driller Advisory Board - online 11/16/2021 8:30 AM
265 Well Driller Advisory Board meets to conduct part III of the exam - Las Vegas 11/17/2021 8:30 AM
254 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 12/14/2021 8:30 AM
255 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 01/04/2022 8:30 AM
256 Well Driller Advisory Board - online 02/08/2022 8:30 AM
266 Well Driller Advisory Board meets to conduct part III of the exam - Las Vegas 02/09/2022 8:30 AM
257 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 03/08/2022 8:30 AM
258 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 04/13/2022 8:30 AM
259 Well Driller Advisory Board - online 05/10/2022 8:30 AM
267 Well Driller Advisory Board meets to conduct part III of the exam - Las Vegas 05/11/2022 8:30 AM
260 Well Driller Exam Parts I & II - Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas 06/07/2022 8:30 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 Tanya Osborne - 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): 4747 Vegas Dr., Las Vegas, NV, 89106. Point of Contact: Tracy Geter - 702-486-2770.