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Apply for a New Water Well Driller and/or Pump Installer License

Experience Requirements

You must have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience under the supervision of a licensed Well Driller/Pump Installer and provide evidence of employment history on the license application form.

To qualify for a license, you must be able to demonstrate that you have completed a certain number of installations under the supervision of a licensed water well driller or pump installer.

Endorsements - Water Well Drillers

License Type Qualifying Drillings Needed
Water Wells (W) 15
Monitor Wells (M) 50
Injection Wells (N) 50
Dewatering Wells (D) 50
Closed Loop Geothermal Wells (C) 50
Master License (I) 215

Endorsements - Pump Installers

License Type Qualifying Installs Needed
Single Phase Pumps (P) 15
3 Phase Pumps (K) 15
Turbine Pump (T) 15
Windmill, Pump jack, hand pump 15
Master License (I) 215

Your qualifying installations will need to be documented on a Well Driller and or Pump Installer Experience Verification Form, which is included in the application form.

The experience verification form must be completed by the water well driller or pump installer who supervised your qualifying installations. You may use multiple copies of the Experience Verification Form (PDF) if needed.

In lieu of the form, you may also submit a letter, written by your supervisor, describing your experience for each period of employment.


Application and Fees

Submit a completed Well Driller and or Pump Installer License Application (PDF) with the non-refundable fee listed below:

License Type Fee
Well Driller $430
Pump Installer $430
Combination (Well and Pump) $650

A driller or installer license is valid for a period of one year from the date of issue.


Upgrading an Existing Driller or Installer License

You may add endorsements or an additional license type (driller or installer) to your existing license by submitting a new Well Driller and or Pump Installer License Application (PDF) , including proof of meeting the qualifying number of installations or drillings, and paying the non-refundable application fee as listed in the tables below:

Driller Endorsements

Endorsement Type Required Drillings Fee
Water Wells (W) 15 $25
Monitor Wells (M) 50 $25
Injection Wells (N) 50 $25
Dewatering Wells (D) 50 $25
Closed Loop Geothermal Wells (C) 50 $25
Master Driller (A) All above endorsements required $25

Installer Endorsements

Endorsement Type Required Installations Fee
Single Phase Pumps (P) 15 $25
3 Phase Pumps (K) 15 $25
Turbine Pump (T) 15 $25
Windmill, Pump jack, hand pump 15 $25
Master Installer (I) All above endorsements required $25

Examinations

After your completed application has been received and your credentials have been verified, you will receive notification that you are approved to take the licensing exam.

Please see the examinations page for detailed information, including required fees.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

Do not forget to answer the criminal conviction question on your license application form. If this question is not answered, your application will not be processed and will be sent back.

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.

The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for a license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.

Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.