Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

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Mississippi Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Mississippi.

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

Mississippi Engineering Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Law:

Mississippi Code § 73-13-43

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

Business Corporations:

  • At least one officer or individual who has management responsibility for the practice and who makes significant technical and/or contractual judgments on behalf of the firm must be an engineer licensed in Mississippi.

Professional Corporations:

  • At least one active stockholder must hold a certificate to practice engineering in Mississippi.
  • Each stockholder, director and officer shall hold a certificate to practice engineering in that person’s state of residence.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one member or individual who has management responsibility for the practice and who makes significant technical and/or contractual judgments on behalf of the firm must be an engineer licensed in Mississippi.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one active holder of an ownership interest must have a certificate to practice engineering in Mississippi.
  • Each holder of an ownership interest, member and manager shall hold a certificate to practice engineering in that person’s state of residence.

Partnerships:

  • At least one partner or individual who has management responsibility for the practice and who makes significant technical and/or contractual judgments on behalf of the firm must be an engineer licensed in Mississippi.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Certificate of Authority Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Mississippi licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in Mississippi.
  • Ensure that your business entity meets ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Mississippi licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in Mississippi.
  • Ensure that your Mississippi entity meets 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 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File a Certificate of Authority Application with the Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
  2. Create an online account to file entity formation documents with the Mississippi Secretary of State (if your entity's name contains some form of the word "engineers" you may need to submit a copy of your board-issued firm license).

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a Certificate of Authority Application with the Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
  2. Create an online account to file foreign qualification documents with the Mississippi Secretary of State (if your entity's name contains some form of the word "engineers" you may need to submit a copy of your board-issued firm license).
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Certificate of Authority Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50 online or $75 by mail.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Engineering Certificate of Authority Application (Amendment)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Engineering Certificate of Authority Application (Relicensure)

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Mississippi Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists

Registration Not Required

Not required



Mississippi Land Surveying Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Law:

Mississippi Code 73-13-3

Eligible Entity Types:

Mississippi allows surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, LLCs, professional LLCs, partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authority Application

Agency Fee:

$100

How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Application for Registration of a Foreign Company
  2. Board of Professional Engineers and Surveyors: Certificate of Authority

EXCEPTION: If the name of the firm (or the firm's purpose clause) contain the word “survey” or any modification or derivation thereof, must submit, and have approved, a certificate of authority application to the Board prior to registering with the Secretary of State.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certificate of Authority Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50 online or $75 by mail.

Due:

Annually by December 31.

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

Individual Licenses

Mississippi Individual Engineering Licenses

Mississippi Engineer Intern Enrollment

Agency:Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Intern Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Mississippi Geologist-In-Training Enrollment

Agency:Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

FG Assessment Exam Proctoring Fee Form

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $200 exam fee + $ 35 proctor fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Mississippi Professional Engineer License

Agency:Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Engineer

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Mississippi Professional Geologist Registration

Agency:Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

FG and PG Exam Proctoring Fee Form

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $250 exam fee + $35 proctor fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Mississippi Professional Surveyor License

Agency:Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Profesional Surveyor

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Mississippi Surveyor Intern Enrollment

Agency:Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Enrollment as a Surveyor Intern

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Enrollment as engineer intern or surveyor intern does not expire.

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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