As of last July, people practicing geology or advertising geological services in Washington must first obtain a license from the Department of Licensing. The law includes geologists who are self-employed or who are working for businesses, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations. Until June 28, geologists can apply for the license without taking the Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) exam. After that date, the exam will be required. For details and instructions, visit the Department of Licensing site.
The same deadline is approaching in New Hampshire. After June 30, geologists will need to take the ASBOG exam in order to obtain a license. Visit the New Hampshire Joint Board of Licensure and Certification's Professional Geologists Board for more.
Also this year, two other states passed laws requiring that professional geologists must be licensed to work in the state. After Sept. 1, geologists working in Texas will need to apply for a license. Visit the American Institute of Professional Geologists Texas site for more details.
After Jan. 1, 2003, those working in Utah will also need a license, according to ASBOG.
ASBOG updates licensing regulations for each state. Visit its site and scroll down to State Index.