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Illinois Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Illinois.

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

Illinois Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Illinois Board of Licensing for Professional Geologists

Illinois Professional Design Firm Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Law:

225 ILCS 305/21; 225 ILCS 325/23; 225 ILCS 330/25; and 225 ILCS 340/19

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

Business Corporations:

  • At least one Illinois licensed professional, who is a director and full-time employee, must be designated through a resolution as the managing agent in responsible charge of the practice for each professional service offered by the firm.
  • Firms that provide architectural services are required to have at least 2/3 of their board of directors licensed in any state to practice architecture, professional engineering, structural engineering or land surveying.

Professional Corporations:

  • All of the directors, officers, and shareholders must be individuals who are licensed in one of the professions offered by the firm or a related profession.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one Illinois licensed professional, who is a member and full-time employee, must be designated through a resolution as the managing agent in responsible charge of the practice for each professional service offered by the firm.
  • Firms that provide architectural services are required to have at least 2/3 of their members licensed in any state to practice architecture, professional engineering, structural engineering or land surveying.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All of the managers and members must be individuals who are licensed in one of the professions offered by the firm or a related profession.

Partnerships:

  • At least one Illinois licensed professional, who is a partner and full-time employee, must be designated through a resolution as the managing agent in responsible charge of the practice for each professional service offered by the firm.
  • Firms that provide architectural services are required to have at least 2/3 of their partners licensed in any state to practice architecture, professional engineering, structural engineering or land surveying.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Design Firm Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify an Illinois licensed design professional to act as the managing agent for the firm and Illinois licensed design professionals to act as the resident licensee for each office location in Illinois.
  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a copy of a signed board resolution designating the Illinois licensed design professional(s) as the managing agent(s) of the firm (to be filed with license application). The resolution must include the licensee's name and Illinois license number, that the licensee is a full-time employee of the firm, the licensee's relationship to the firm, e.g. director (if applicable), and that the licensee has been designated as the managing agent in charge of that professional practice in Illinois.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify an Illinois licensed design professional to act as the managing agent for the firm and Illinois licensed design professionals to act as the resident licensee for each office location in Illinois.
  • Ensure that your Illinois entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a copy of a signed board resolution designating the Illinois licensed design professional(s) as the managing agent(s) of the firm (to be filed with license application). The resolution must include the licensee's name and Illinois license number, that the licensee is a full-time employee of the firm, the licensee's relationship to the firm, e.g. director (if applicable), and that the licensee has been designated as the managing agent in charge of that professional practice in Illinois.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing and a copy of the most recently filed annual report from the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department (these documents are not required if your entity was formed within one year of submitting your firm license application).
  3. If applicable, obtain a filed copy of the application with the Illinois Secretary of State to adopt an assumed name and the letter issued by the Illinois Secretary of State approving the assumed name (to be filed with the license application).
  4. Submit a Professional Design Firm Registration Application to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing and a copy of the most recently filed annual report from the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department (these documents are not required if your entity was formed within one year of submitting your firm license application).
  3. If applicable, obtain a filed copy of the application with the Illinois Secretary of State to adopt an assumed name and the letter issued by the Illinois Secretary of State approving the assumed name (to be filed with the license application).
  4. Submit a Professional Design Firm Registration Application to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Expires on April 30 of every odd year.

Notes:

Renewal notices are mailed 2 months prior to the expiration date.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

If the managing agent status changes, the professional design firm must notify the Department by mail within 10 business days and notify within 30 days of the name and license number of the newly designated managing agent by submitting a Resolution of the board/members/partners and the seal and signature of the new managing agent.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Agency Fee:

$75 for each renewal period missed + $50 late fee

Notes:

Send the board a letter requesting reinstatement along with the appropriate fees. If the license has been expired for 5 or more years, the license holder should apply for a new license.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Engineering Licenses

Illinois Engineer Intern License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency Fee:

$20 exam fee + $20 enrollment fee.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Illinois Professional Engineer License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee + $100 license fee.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

By November 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Illinois Professional Geologist License

Agency:Illinois Board of Licensing for Professional Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Geologist Examination Application

Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

By March 31 of odd-numbered years.

Illinois Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Land Surveying Examination/License - Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

By November 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Illinois Professional Land Surveyor-in-Training License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Land Surveying Examination/License - Application

Agency Fee:

$70

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



A license for a Land Surveyor-in-Training is valid for 10 years and may not be renewed.

Illinois Structural Engineer Intern License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Structural Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Illinois Structural Engineer License

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Structural Engineering Examination/License Application

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee + $100 license fee.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

By November 30 of even-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
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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