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Licensing requirements for Florida engineers and firms.

This page provides an overview of engineering licensing in Florida 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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Florida Engineering Company Licenses

Florida Engineering Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE)
Law:

Fla. Stat. Ch. 471 

Ownership Requirements:

One or more of the principal officers of the business organization must be licensed.

Initial Registration

This section applies to engineering firms that are applying for a license in Florida for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:

$230 for a regular license or $180 for a temporary certificate.

Turnaround:

About 60 days.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • At least one of the principal officers of the business organization, or at least one of the partners of a partnership must hold a valid professional engineer license.
  • If the title of the principal officer is not President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the firm must provide additional documentation including the title of the officer and proof that the officer is empowered to bind the entity.

Registration Renewal

This section applies to engineering firms that are already licensed in Florida and need to renew their license.

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$98.75

Due:

Biennially by February 28.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application (Change of Company Name)

Agency fee:

$125

Due:

Within one month of the change.

Amendment

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application (Change of Engineer)

Agency fee:

$125

Due:

Within one month of the change.

Florida Geology Business Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: Board of Professional Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Geology Certificate of Authorization

Agency fee:

$350

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$350

Due:

By July 31 of even-numbered years.

Individual Licenses

Florida Individual Engineering Licenses

Florida Geologist In Training Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: Board of Professional Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Geoligist in Training

Agency fee:

$190

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Florida Professional Engineer License

Agency:Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE)

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure by Endorsement

Agency fee:

$230

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$99

Due:

By February 28th of odd-numbered years.

Florida Professional Geologist License

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: Board of Professional Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Initial License by Examination

Agency fee:

$500

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$125

Due:

By July 31 of even-numbered years.

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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