State Board of Well Drillers


The Board was established under Title 13 of the Environment Article, Sections 13-101 through 13-602 in the Annotated Code of Maryland. 



  1. Issue and renew licenses to applicants who meet the requirements of the licensing law and regulations;
  2. Prepare and revise licensing regulations and Board policies and guidelines; and,
  3. Investigate allegations of misconduct by license holders and to take enforcement action against a license holder who is found to have violated the provisions of the licensing law and regulation.  The enforcement action that could be taken includes issuing a written reprimand, or suspending or revoking that individual's license.



The Board consists of 7 members who are appointed by the Governor with the advice of the Secretary of MDE and the advice and consent of the Maryland State Senate.  Of the seven Board members:

  1. One shall be from the Department of the Environment;
  2. One shall be from the Department of Natural Resources;
  3. One shall be public member; and
  4. Four shall be licensed master well drillers who are actively practicing well drilling at the time of appointment and shall include:
    1. One from Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, or Worcester County;
    2. One from Baltimore City or Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, or Montgomery County;
    3. One from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, or St. Mary's County; and
    4. One from Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, or Washington County

Members serve two-year terms.  At the end of a term, a member appointed by the Governor continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.  A member appointed to fill out the term of another member serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies. 


Meeting Information

The Board is scheduled to meet on the either the third or the fourth Wednesday of each month.  Board meetings are held at the Maryland Department of the Environment and are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.     Public notice of each Board meeting appears in the Maryland Register approximately two weeks before the meeting date and the public is invited to attend.

The schedule of meetings, meeting agenda, meeting minutes as available, and related matter are available at this link.


Licensing Examinations are now Available in Spanish

Some of the Board of Well Driller licensing examinations are now available in Spanish. Please indicate you would like the Spanish version when you submit your payment and application to take the exam. Notice must be provided to the Board at least two weeks prior to the examination date.

Currently, the Apprentice Well Driller and the Journeyman Well Driller—Water Supply exams are available in Spanish.


Apprentice Well Driller Exam Prep Course—April 18, 2018

This course is being offered at MDE headquarters in Baltimore. The Apprentice Well Driller Exam Prep Course is for those interested in becoming a licensed Maryland well driller. The course cost is $15 and is taught by John Boris (MDE).

This one-day course is designed to prepare individuals take the written examination for the apprentice well driller license. Topics covered include design standards, well construction, well maintenance and rehabilitation, and well abandonment. Instruction will also include a complete overview of the regulations pertaining to water well construction regulations in the State of Maryland with emphasis being placed on the public and environmental health impacts of these regulations.

Contact Information

For more information please contact (410) 537-4466 or


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