Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

Louisiana Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Louisiana.

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

Louisiana Engineering Firm License

Agency:Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Law:

LA Rev Stat § 37:689

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Associations
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Louisiana licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Louisiana licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a Louisiana licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Firm Licensure Application

Agency Fee:

$165

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Louisiana licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Louisiana licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities.
  • 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 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. If the name of the entity will contain some form of the word "engineer", first obtain a letter of name approval from the Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.
  2. File entity formation documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division.
  3. Register an account and complete a Firm License Application on the website of the Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your entity will need to foreign qualify in Louisiana. If not required, skip to number 4.
  2. If the name of the entity will contain some form of the word "engineer", first obtain a letter of name approval from the Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.
  3. File foreign qualification documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division.
  4. Register an account and complete a Firm License Application on the website of the Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

Either March 31 or September 30 Biennially

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Penalties:

Late fee is $60

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Application to Change Firm Name

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Amendment

Form:

Change of Supervising Professional

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Amendment

Form:

Update Firm Contact Information

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Application to Reinstate Expired Firm

Agency Fee:

$195

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Louisiana Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Louisana Board of Professional Geoscientists

Registration Not Required

Not required



Louisiana Land Surveying Firm License

Agency:Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Law:

La. R.S. 37:681 

Eligible Entity Types:

Louisiana allows engineering and land surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, LLCs, and professional LLCs.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Firm Licensure Application

Agency Fee:

$165 or $330 for both 

How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana
  2. Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board: Firm Application

Exception: A firm which has in its name the word “engineer” or “survey” or any derivative of that word must submit and have approved a Waiver Request Form to the LA Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

Either March 31 or September 30 Biennially

Penalties:

Late fee is $60

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Individual Licenses

Louisiana Individual Engineering Licenses

Louisiana Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certification as an Engineer Intern

Agency Fee:

$20

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certification Renewal Invoice

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Biennially by September 30.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Louisiana Geologist-in-Training Certificate

Agency:Louisana Board of Professional Geoscientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the end of month of initial licensure.

Louisiana Land Surveying Intern Certification

Agency:Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certification as a Land Surveying Intern

Agency Fee:

$20

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Biennially by September 30 or March 31 depending on when the license was issued.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Louisiana Professional Engineer License

Agency:Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

After passing the PE exam and obtaining the required experience, applicants should register through the board's online system to obtain a license.

Fact Checked:10/9/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Engineer Renewal Invoice

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

Biennially by September 30.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Louisiana Professional Geoscientist License

Agency:Louisana Board of Professional Geoscientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150 ($100 for licensees aged 60+)

Due:

Annually by the end of month of initial licensure.

Louisiana Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Surveyor by Examination

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Due:

Biennially by September 30 or March 31 depending on when the license was issued.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

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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