Well Drillers - Licensing and Regulations


The State Engineer is charged with licensing and regulating all water well and related drilling in the State. The license exam consists of three parts:

The written exam and POD test are now conducted separately from the board interviews. See below for scheduled testing times. (The test occurs on the third Thursday of those months that the board does not meet.) Locations have been expanded to include Elko in addition to Carson City and Las Vegas.

All tests and interviews begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. at all locations.

In order for the applicant to be licensed, they must get a 80% or greater score on the written exam and pass the POD test and oral exam to the satisfaction of the board.

In conjunction with licensing the well drillers, DWR is responsible for field inspections of drilling operations, review of intent to drill cards and well logs, investigation of all well drilling related complaints and writing rulings pertaining to well drillers.

Well Driller Examination Dates

Testing Locations

Carson City: Nevada Division of Water Resources, 901 South Stewart Street , 2nd Floor, Carson City, Nevada. Point of Contact: Shannon McDaniel - 775-684-2842 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.