North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors


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Contact Information

Mailing address:
4601 Six Forks Rd., Suite 310
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 791-2000
Fax: (919) 791-2012

Web: Home Name search Forms File online

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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North Carolina Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



North Carolina Firm License (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
Law:

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 89C-24

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Professional Corporations
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the shares of ownership must be held by licensed design professionals.
  • At least one director and one officer who is a shareholder must be a North Carolina licensee.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 2/3 of the owners must be licensed design professionals.
  • At least one member and manager must be licensed in North Carolina.
  • No company may be an owner of the Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC)

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a North Carolina licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in North Carolina.
Fact Checked:9/4/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Required
Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your North Carolina entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 6 months old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Email an Application for Licensure and entity formation documents to the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors at firms@ncbels.org.
  2. Once approved by the board, file the approved entity formation documents with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division.
  3. After Secretary of State approved, email proof of entity formation with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors at firms@ncbels.org.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Email an Application for Licensure and foreign qualification documents to the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors at firms@ncbels.org.
  2. Once approved by the board, file the approved foreign qualification documents with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division.
  3. After Secretary of State approved, email proof of foreign qualification with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors at firms@ncbels.org.
Required Attachments:

Foreign PLLC's: 

  • Certificate of good standing from domestic jurisdiction (less than 6 months old)
  • Certified copy of Articles of Organization and any amendments to present (original, not a photocopy)
  • A copy of the firm's Operating Agreement and any amendments to present. 
Fact Checked:7/9/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Required Attachments:
  • List of license holders who have stock ownership
  • List of non-licensed employees who have stock ownership
  • List of branch office locations including licensee in responsible charge
  • Disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against North Carolina licensees (if applicable)
Fact Checked:7/31/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

The Board of Examiners must be notified within 30 days of any change in personnel status, locations, etc. contained in the license.

Fact Checked:11/5/20

Reinstatement

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Notes:

File for renewal online and then email the board at firms@ncbels.org to let them know that the late renewal was filed online.

Fact Checked:11/5/20

North Carolina Professional Engineer License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

Electronically Transmitted Documents. Documents, including drawings, specifications and reports, that are transmitted electronically beyond the direct control of the licensee shall have the computer-generated seal removed from the original file, unless signed with a digital signature as defined in Paragraph (e) of this Rule. After removal of the seal the electronic media shall have the following inserted in lieu of the signature and date: "This document originally issued and sealed by (name of sealer), (license number), on (Date of sealing). This medium shall not be considered a certified document." Hardcopy documents containing the original seal, signature and date of the licensee may be duplicated by photocopy or electronic scanning processes and distributed either in hardcopy or electronic medium. The scanned digital files of certified documents are not subject to the requirements of this Paragraph. The electronic transmission beyond the direct control of the licensee of CAD, vector or other files subject to easy editing are subject to the requirements of this paragraph. Easy editing is based on the file consisting of separate elements that can be individually modified or deleted. Documents that are excepted from certification by a statement meeting the requirements of Subparagraphs (c)(1) through (c)(5) of this Rule are not subject to the requirements of this Paragraph.

(e) Documents to be electronically transmitted beyond the direct control of the licensee that are signed using a digital signature, shall contain the authentication procedure in a secure mode and a list of the hardware, software and parameters used to prepare the document(s). Secure mode means that the authentication procedure has protective measures to prevent alteration or overriding of the authentication procedure. The term "digital signature" shall be an electronic authentication process that is attached to or logically associated with an electronic document. The digital signature shall be:

  1. Unique to the licensee using it;
  2. Capable of verification;
  3. Under the sole control of the licensee; and
  4. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature is invalidated if any data in the document is changed.

(f) A digital signature process may be submitted to the Board for approval that it meets the criteria set forth in Subparagraphs (e)(1) through (4) of this Rule. The licensee shall confirm that if another process is used, that it meets the criteria.

21 NCAC 56 .1103

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

The seal may be a rubber stamp, embossed seal, computer-generated seal, or other facsimile that becomes a permanent addition to a plan sheet or map;

21 NCAC 56 .1103

Fact Checked:5/13/21

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:5/20/21

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:5/20/21

North Carolina Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Land Surveyor Application for Licensure

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $275 exam fee.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

North Carolina Surveyor Intern Certification

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certification as a Surveyor Intern

Agency Fee:

$0

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The surveyor intern certificate does not expire and, therefore, does not have to be renewed.

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