Well Drilling

Water Well Drilling Supervisor means any individual engaged in the construction or decommissioning of water wells. Such supervisor may have discretionary and supervisory authority over other employees of a water well contractor and must be employed by a water well contractor. (Well Professions definitions continued)

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Water Well Contractor means the principal officer, director, manager or owner-operator of any business engaged in the construction or decommissioning of water wells.

Water Well Monitoring Technician means any individual engaged solely in the measuring of ground water levels, the collection of ground water samples from existing water wells or the inspection of installed water well equipment or pumping systems. This person does not need to work under a water well contractor and may NOT supervise the work of others.

Natural Resources Ground Water Technician means any individual employed by a natural resources district and engaged in the inspection of chemigation systems, measuring and recording static water levels, inspection and servicing of flow meters and water sampling practices and techniques and may NOT supervise the work of others.

Pump Installation Contractor means the principal officer, director, manager or owner-operator of any business engaged in the installation of pumps and pumping equipment or decommissioning of water wells.

Pump Installation Supervisor means any individual engaged in the installation of pumps and pumping equipment or the decommissioning of water wells. Such supervisor may have discretionary and supervisory authority over other employees of a pump installation contract and must be employed by a pump installation contractor.

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Requirements for Licensure:

To qualify for licensure you must:

Qualifications: To receive a credential to practice as a licensee under the Act, an individual
must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Age and Good Character: Be at least 19 years old and of good character;

  2. Citizenship/Resident Information: Be a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted into the United States for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and who is eligible for a credential under the Uniform Credentialing Act, or a nonimmigrant whose visa for entry, or application for visa for entry, is related to such employment in the United States.

  3. Examination: Pass the applicable examination(s) with a score at least 70% on each examination;

  4. Comply with the Water Well Standards and Contractors’ Licensing Act and all standards, rules, and regulations; and

  5. Furnish proof of a current public liability and property damage insurance in the sum of at least $100,000 if applying for a contractor’s license.

To qualify for licensure you must submit the following:

  1. A complete application;

  2. The applicable licensure fee;

  3. Proof of Age: Evidence of at least 19 years of age (i.e. driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage license, school transcript, US State ID card, Military ID, or similar documentation);

  4. Proof of Citizenship, lawful permanent residence, and/or immigration status: You must submit a copy of at least one of the following documents:

  1. A U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired);

  2. A birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal;

  3. An American Indian Card (I-872);

  4. A Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570);

  5. A Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561);

  6. Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350);

  7. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (FS-240);

  8. Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545 or DS-1350);

  9. A United States Citizen Identification Card (I-197 or I-179);

  10. A Northern Mariana Card (I-873);

  11. An Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551, otherwise known as a “Green Card”);

  12. An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Temporary I-551 stamp bearing the same name as the passport;

  13. A document showing an Alien Registration Number (“A#”) with visa status; or

  14. A form I-94 (arrival-departure Record) with visa status.

  1. Court records and letter of explanation if convicted of a misdemeanor or felony;

  1. Official court records, which includes charges and disposition;

  2. Copies of arrest records;

  3. A letter from you explaining the circumstances surrounding the conviction;

  4. If the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense, all addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment (if treatment was obtained and/or required); and

  1. If you are currently on probation, a letter from your probation officer addressing probationary conditions and your current status.

    NOTE: If you have any criminal charges or license disciplinary actions pending that results in conviction or license discipline, you are required to report such actions to this department within 30 days.

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To apply for a Temporary Hardship License/Certificate you must submit the following:

  1. Completed application for the license;

  2. A written description of the hardship; and

  3. The appropriate fee.

The Department may grant this license/certificate without examination provided that all other requirements are fulfilled by the applicant when the current license holder/certificate holder for the same contractor has died or for other good cause which must be shown and approved by the Water Well Standards and Contractors’ Licensing Board.

To view the Examination Schedule, click here.

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Upgrade/Downgrade

To upgrade a  license you must meet the requirements of such upgrade, submit the applicable fee and request such upgrade on the renewal notice.

To downgrade a license you must meet the requirements of such downgrade, submit the applicable fee and such downgrade on the renewal notice.

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Fees

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Applications

Please view the applications on the Nebraska's Water Well Standards and Contractors' Licensing Program's site at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/pages/enh_wws_wwsapps.aspx Several of the forms (indicated by an *) may be completed on-line, however, they cannot be submitted via e-mail due to the fact that all applications and forms require original signatures. If you complete the form on-line, you must print the form and mail it to the address below.

Fees (if applicable) are payable to the Licensure Unit

 Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

* pdficon.gif (153 bytes) Duplicate/Reissue Form
* pdficon.gif (153 bytes) Name Change Form

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Renewal Information

  • All licenses/certificates expire December 31st of even-numbered years.

  • To renew a license, the licensee must submit the Renewal Notice, meet the continuing education (CE) requirement, and pay the licensure fee.

  • Renewal fees are the same as the initial licensure fees.

  • A renewal notice will be sent out to the last known address of record at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. 

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Continuing Education

  1. pdf icon Notarized affidavit of  12 hours of continuing education (CE) each renewal

  2. Proof of Completion of CE hours (certificate, sign in sheet)

12 hours of approved continuing education are required for renewal of your license. These credits must have been earned within the  24 months proceeding the date of expiration. Hours completed prior to this time will not be accepted as continuing education. Hours earned in excess of the requirement may not be carried over for the next renewal period.

Approved Continuing Education Listing

pdf icon Continuing Education Approval Form

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Name and Address Change

To request an address change, you can contact any staff member at (402) 471-2299 or e-mail Sue Kopera Crumb at susan.koperacrumb@ nebraska.gov

When the request is to return to a name that is already on registry record (e.g., maiden name or previous married name), written proof of the legal basis for the name change is not required.

If you wish to change your name on your Licensing record, you must complete the pdficon.gif (153 bytes) Affidavit of Name Change form and submit it with a copy of the legal document verifying name change to:

 Licensure Unit
Well Drillers
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

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Duplicates/Reissue

Duplicates: A duplicate large license or small license card may be requested at the time of initial licensure.

Reissue: A large license and/or small license card may be reissued when the licensee requests: additional documents; replacement of original document(s) due to loss, mutilation or destruction; or replacement of document(s) due to a name change.

To request a reissued license, you must submit a pdficon.gif (153 bytes) request for reissuance.

Licensure Unit
Well Drillers
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

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Rules and Regulations/Statutes

Please see the Nebraska's Water Well Standards and Contractors' Licensing Program's site at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/pages/enh_wws_regs.aspx for the Rules and Regulations/Statutes.

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Board Information

Water Well Standards and Contractors' Licensing Board members can be viewed at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/enh_wwsindex.aspx

Board meeting dates can be viewed at:
www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/Schedule.pdf

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Contact Us

Office Address:

Mailing Address

Physical Address

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
3rd Floor
Lincoln, Nebraska

Phone: (402) 471- 2299
Fax: (402) 471-3577

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (central time)
Monday through Friday

For Well Driller Licensure:

Sue Kopera Crumb, Health Licensing Specialist
Phone: (402) 471-2299
E-mail: susan.koperacrumb@nebraska.gov

Rene Tiedt, Program Manager, Office of Rehabilitation and Community Services
Phone: (402) 471-2299
E-mail: rene.tiedt@ nebraska.gov

For Scope of Practice Questions:

Dave Sizer, Water Supply Specialist
Phone: (308) 535-8188
Cell Phone: (308) 530-2303
E-Mail: david.sizer@ nebraska.gov

Jerry Richling, Water Supply Specialist
Phone: (402) 370-4393
Cell Phone: (402) 649-0516
E-mail: jerry.richling@ nebraska.gov

Tom Christopherson, Program Manager
Phone: (402) 471-0598
Cell: (402) 430-1254
E-mail: tom.christopherson@ nebraska.gov

Nancy Byrd, Staff Assistant
Phone: (402) 471-0546
E-mail: nancy.byrd@ nebraska.gov

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Other Related Contacts

Nebraska Well Drillers Association
100 N. 8th Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 476-0162
Web Site: www.nebraskawelldrillers.org

National Ground Water Association
601 Dempsey Road
Westerville, OH 43081-8978
Phone: (800) 551-7379
Fax: (614) 898-7786
e-mail: ngwa@ngwa.org
Web Site: www.ngwa.org

Water Well Standards and Contractors Licensing Program
301Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5007
Phone:  (402) 471-0598
Fax: (402) 471-7972
e-mail:  tom.christopherson@ nebraska.gov
Web Site: www.dhhs.ne.gov/puh/enh/wwsindex.htm

On-Line Ground Water Well Registration
Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.ne.us

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Certification/Verification

Certification and Verification information can be obtained by checking the website at:     www.nebraska.gov/LISSearch/search.cgi

OR

To request either a certification or verification or your license to be sent to another state licensing agency, send your request in writing along with the proper fee to the our office. Checks should be made payable to DHHS-Licensure Unit

  1. Fee - $25.00

  2. Certification includes:

    1. Name

    2. Profession

    3. License number

    4. Issuance date

    5. Expiration date

    6. Whether the license was granted by examination, waiver, or reciprocity

    7. Examination information, if available

    8. Whether disciplinary action has been taken against the license. If so, the type(s) and date(s) of the action will be included.

    9. SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

    Verification

    1. Fee - $5.00

    2. Verification includes:

      1. Name

      2. Profession

      3. License Number

      4. Expiration Date

      5. Department Staff Signature

      A verification does not include the SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services nor information relating to discipline, school, or examination.

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Complaints

To file a complaint, please contact Tom Christopherson or Nancy Byrd of the Water Well Standards Program

E-mail: tom.christopherson@ nebraska.gov
Phone: (402) 471-0598

E-mail: nancy.byrd@ nebraska.gov
Phone: (402) 471-0546

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