Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

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California Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in California.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in California for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Company Licenses

California Engineering Company Licenses

California Geology Firm License

Not required



Geology Firm licensure is not required on the State level in California.

More information: California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Registration Not Required

Not required



California Organization Record

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Law:

California Business and Professions Code § 1638 

Ownership Requirements:

An owner, partner, or officer must be a licensed engineer.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Organization Record Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

California does not issue a firm license for engineering, but firms are typically required to register and submit additional documentation. Separate forms are used for domestic and foreign firms.

How to Apply:

In California, entity registration with the Secretary of State and an Organizational Record Form with the Board for Engineers can be applied for concurrently.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Registrations do not expire, but firms must notify the board when entity information changes.

Individual Licenses

California Individual Engineering Licenses

California Civil Engineer License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Civil Engineer

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

License Renewal Request

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

California Engineer-in-Training Certification (EIT)

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certification as an Engineer-in-Training

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



California Engineering Geologist Certification

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Geologist or Geophysicist

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + $100 examination fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$67.50

Due:

Biennially by the end of the certificate holder's birth month.

California Geologist-in-Training Certification

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The certificate shall become invalid when the holder has qualified as a professional geologist.

California Geotechnical Engineer License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Geotechnical Engineer

Agency Fee:

$275

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

License Renewal Request

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

California Hydrogeologist Certification

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Geologist or Geophysicist

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + $100 examination fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$67.50

Due:

Biennially by the end of the certificate holder's birth month.

California Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification (LSIT)

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



California Professional Engineer License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Professional Engineer

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

California Professional Geologist License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Geologist or Geophysicist

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + exam fees.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$270

Due:

Biennially by the end of the licensee's birth month.

California Professional Geophysicist License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Geologist or Geophysicist

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + $100 examination fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$270

Due:

Biennially by the end of the licensee's birth month.

California Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

California Structural Engineer License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Structural Engineer

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

License Renewal Request

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

California Traffic Engineer License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Traffic Engineer

Agency Fee:

$275

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

License Renewal Request

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$115

Due:

Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Learn about engineering licensing in other states:

Design Firm - Engineering firm registration is sometimes grouped with architecture and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

EI (Engineering Intern) - A term also used to describe an Engineer in Training.

EIT (Engineer in Training) - A professional designation granted upon having completed at least 3 years of school at an ABET-accredited university and having passed the FE exam.

FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) - An exam testing on basic engineering principles that is required to become an engineer in training.

PE (Professional Engineer or 'Principles and Practice in Engineering') - Means either Professional Engineer or refers to the Principles and Practice in Engineering exam that is a prerequisite for an engineering license.

Reciprocity - When a licensed engineer in one state can provide documentation (often an NCEES Record) to more easily apply for a license in another jurisdiction.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accrediting board that sets standards for university programs in a variety of applied science disciplines.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Engineering, architecture, and land surveying advocacy group.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Organization that provides continuing education, professional conferences, and advocacy efforts to the civil engineering community.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Mechanical engineering organization that focuses on education and professional development.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)
Reviews accreditation requirements and makes final decisions regarding the accreditation process.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)
Develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering licenses.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
NSPE is an advocacy group for professional engineers.

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