ATTENTION: PSI Exam Services is no longer administering the ASBOG FG and PG exams on behalf of DOPL. If you were previously registered with them for the March 2020 or October 2020 exams, you will need to contact them and request a refund. You can reschedule for this exam using our new exam vendor, Prov at https://provexam.com. If you have any questions regarding the exam registration process, please contact us at email@example.com.
Preapproval for testing is not required. Please do not submit an application for licensure until you have successfully passed all required exams and meet all other licensing requirements.
To qualify for licensure as a Professional Geologist in Utah, most applicants are required to pass the Fundamentals of Geology (FG) exam and the Practice of Geology (PG) exam. These are national exams developed by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG). For more information on these exams, please review the Candidate Handbook
To Schedule either of these exams:
- Create an account at https://provexam.com.
- Out-of-State Testing: Contact Prov directly at 877-228-3926 to make testing arrangements.
- Electronic submission of exam results will be sent directly to DOPL from Prov.
If you passed the FG and/or PG exam for states other than Utah, you must request an official verification of your scores be sent directly to DOPL. Applicants who were not required to take the FG and/or PG exam upon initial licensure must submit verification of geological experience as a principal showing at least 5 years of practice as a principal in the last 7 years and official verification of licensure covering a period of not less than 20 years of licensed practice.
If you have any additional QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, or COMPLAINTS that you are not able to address with the Exam Administrator mentioned above, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renew a License
- License expires on March 31 of odd years.
- At least 60 days prior to the expiration date of a license, DOPL will mail a renewal notice to the licensee's address of record as provided to DOPL by the individual licensee. (Failure to notify DOPL of an address change could prevent a licensee from timely receiving renewal notification and other important correspondence from DOPL.)
- Renewal Fees — $138
NOTE: If you are applying for reinstatement or re-applying for a license you once had, you must use the manual application below.
Update Your License Record
Legal Name Change
If your legal name has changed, you must verify the change by submitting a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, driver's license, or social security card to the Division. If you desire a reprint of your license reflecting the name change, you must also submit a $10 reprint fee with the request.
- EMAIL: email@example.com
- FAX: 801-530-6511
- MAIL: PO Box 146741, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
Change of Address
You may update your address online in the eGov system.
Laws and Rules
- DOPL Licensing Act, 58-1 (05/08/2018)
- General Rule of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, R156-1. (01/09/2020)
- Professional Geologist Licensing Act, 58-76 (05/08/2018)
- Professional Geologist Licensing Act Rules, R156-76 (05/08/2017)
Board Members event_seat=Chairperson
|R. William (Bill) Keach II (Utah State Geologist)||02/14/2019|
|Steve D. Bowman, Ph.D. (Professional Geologist)||07/01/2012||06/30/2020|
|Justin Andrew Andersen (Public Member)||07/01/2013||06/30/2021|
|David R. Friz event_seat (Professional Geologist)||07/01/2014||06/30/2022|
|Elliott W. Lips (Professional Geologist)||07/01/2019||06/30/2023|
Upcoming Public Meetings
Past Public Meetings
- For general licensing questions call:
- (801) 530-6628
(866) 275-3675 Toll-Free in Utah
- Bureau Manager
- Stephen Duncombe — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Board Secretary
- Tracy Taylor — email@example.com
Are you a veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Contact the Veteran Crisis Line
Members of the armed forces and their families are often more affected than other groups by licensing restrictions because of frequent relocations to fulfill orders. To ease this burden, the Utah Legislature has authorized certain fee waivers and license exemptions for qualifying military personnel and military spouses.
License Fee Waivers
Initial License and License Renewal
DOPL requires a processing fee for initial license applications and license renewal. This fee varies by profession. The Utah Legislature has authorized initial license and license renewal fee waivers for qualifying military service members. Full-time active duty service members should submit the fee waiver request form with their initial and renewal license application. Download the fee waiver request form here.
Qualifying licensees, who wish to maintain their license but who are not currently practicing in the profession, can apply for inactive status. In some cases, changing a license to inactive status will remove certain CE requirements. The Utah Legislature has authorized fee waivers for qualifying military service members who change their license to inactive status or who renew an inactive license. Please note that not all professions have inactive status as an option. To check if your profession has inactive license status, refer to Utah Administrative Rule R156-1-305. Full-time active duty service members can download the fee waiver request form for inactive status here.
Licensing for Military Spouses
Spouses of military service members stationed in Utah are permitted to work in licensed professions without obtaining a Utah license as long as they possess an active license from another state or territory of the United States. Since this benefit for military spouses is relatively new, you may need to explain to employers or the public who ask that your out-of-state license is valid because you are a spouse of an active duty service member. To help you, the Division has created a verification letter which you can show your employer or the public that explains this exemption. Download the verification letter here.
Are you struggling with PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction?
The College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah provides free treatment for veterans, including: therapy sessions, workshops, and a two-week residential treatment program for veterans with PTSD in Park City. Learn more here.
The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (UDVMA) provides resources for veterans including education, employment, healthcare, and more. Learn more here.