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Missouri Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Missouri.

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

Missouri Corporate Certificate of Authority (Engineering)

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Law:

R.S. Mo. 327.401

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Missouri licensed individual, who is a full-time employee, to be responsible for the firm's practice of engineering in Missouri.

Domestic Professional Corporations:

  • All of the shareholders, officers (other than the secretary), and directors must be licensed in a professional service performed by the PC.

Foreign Professional Corporations:

  • All of the shareholders, at least a majority of the directors and all the officers other than the secretary and treasurer must be licensed in a professional service performed by the PC. 

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Missouri licensed individual, who is a full-time employee, to be responsible for the firm's practice of engineering in Missouri.
Notes:

Partnerships, including LPs and LLPs, are not required to obtain a certificate of authority (license) from the Board since its members are subject to Board regulation.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company for LLCs.

Agency Fee:

$200

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Missouri licensed engineer to act as the licensed managing agent of the firm's engineering practice in Missouri.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Missouri entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Missouri licensed engineer to act as the licensed managing agent of the firm's engineering practice in Missouri.
  • 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 entity formation documents with the Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Order a Missouri certificate of good standing by using the entity search feature on the Secretary of State website.
  3. File an Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company with the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Order a Missouri certificate of good standing by using the entity search feature on the Secretary of State website.
  3. File an Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company with the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Licenses originally issued in even-numbered years expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year and licenses originally issued in odd-numbered years expire on December 31 of each odd-numbered year.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Affidavit to Amend Managing Agent

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Corporate Certificate of Authority Application for Re-Authorization

Agency Fee:

$200

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Missouri Corporate Certificate of Authority (Land Surveying)

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Law:

R.S.Mo. 327.181 

Eligible Entity Types:

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

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

There are no license requirements for ownership in Missouri.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company for LLCs.

Agency Fee:

$200

Notarize:Required
How to Apply:
  1. Secretary of State: Authorization to Transact Business
  2. Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects: Certificate of Authority
Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Licenses originally issued in even-numbered years expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year and licenses originally issued in odd-numbered years expire on December 31 of each odd-numbered year.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Missouri Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Missouri Division of Professional Registration

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Missouri Individual Engineering Licenses

Missouri Engineer Intern Enrollment

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Paper

Agency Fee:

$10

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Missouri Geologist-in-Training Registration

Agency:Missouri Division of Professional Registration
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

Annually

Missouri Land Surveyor-in-Training Enrollment

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Enrollment Application

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Prior to applying for enrollment, applicants must pass the fundamentals of surveying exam.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Not required



Enrollments do not expire.

Missouri Professional Engineer License

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Engineer

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licenses issued in odd-numbered years renew during odd-numbered years and licenses issued during even-numbered years renew during even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Missouri Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Application Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licenses issued in odd-numbered years renew during odd-numbered years and licenses issued during even-numbered years renew during even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Missouri Registered Geologist License

Agency:Missouri Division of Professional Registration
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Registered Geologist

Agency Fee:

$125

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:9/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually

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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