50-State Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide
Side view of a long, arched bridge

Missouri Engineering Industry Licensing

A laptop placed on a desk with our License Manager software on display

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.

New! Check Your Status For Free Make sure you're in good standing with a free nationwide compliance analysis. Get Your Free Health Check Now
Filter LicensesClear Filters
Company Licenses
(1)
(1)
(1)
Individual Licenses
(1)
(1)
(1)
(2)
(1)

Company Licenses

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.

Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • Only an owner or officer of the applicant corporation, or member or manager of the
    applicant limited liability company, or a full-time employee of the applicant corporation or the applicant limited liability company is eligible to be the managing agent. If the managing agent is also the person providing immediate personal supervision, as defined by Board Rule(s) 20 CSR 2030-13.010 and/or 20 CSR 2030-13.020, then that person must be employed directly under the licensee’s organizational structure
  • The managing agent’s responsibilities include:
    • Renewal of the certificate of authority and notification to the board of any changes in the firm;
    • Overall supervision of the professional and licensing activities of the firm and its employees;
    • Assurance that the firm institutes and adheres to policies that are in accordance with Chapter 327 RSMo and 20 CSR 2030; and
    • Assurance, in the case of multiple offices, that the requirements for immediate personal supervision, as defined by Board Rule(s) 20 CSR 2030-13.010 and/or 20 CSR 2030-13.020 are being met.”

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

Turnaround:

Up to 3 months

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.
Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of good standing from the Missouri Secretary of State
  • List of officers and directors or members and managers
  • List of licensees employed by the business

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.
  • Renewals may be filed as early as 3 months prior to the expiration date.
Required Attachments:
  • List of officers or managers of the firm including addresses and license numbers
  • List of licensees employed by the firm
  • Disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against the firm (if applicable)

Amendment

Form:

Affidavit to Amend Managing Agent

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

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. 327.401

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Corporations,
  • Professional Corporations,
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional 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

Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • Only an owner or officer of the applicant corporation, or member or manager of the
    applicant limited liability company, or a full-time employee of the applicant corporation or the applicant limited liability company is eligible to be the managing agent. If the managing agent is also the person providing immediate personal supervision, as defined by Board Rule(s) 20 CSR 2030-13.010 and/or 20 CSR 2030-13.020, then that person must be employed directly under the licensee’s organizational structure
  • The managing agent’s responsibilities include:Renewal of the certificate of authority and notification to the board of any changes in the firm;
    • Overall supervision of the professional and licensing activities of the firm and its employees;
    • Assurance that the firm institutes and adheres to policies that are in accordance with Chapter 327 RSMo and 20 CSR 2030; and
    • Assurance, in the case of multiple offices, that the requirements for immediate personal supervision, as defined by Board Rule(s) 20 CSR 2030-13.010 and/or 20 CSR 2030-13.020 are being met.”

Initial Registration

Form:

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

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

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

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Ensure that your Missouri entity will meet ownership requirements.
  2. Identify a Missouri licensed engineer to act as the licensed managing agent of the firm's land surveyor practice in Missouri.
  3. 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.
Required Attachments:
  • A Certificate of Good Standing from the Missouri Secretary of State's office
  • List of officers and directors including address, title, and Missouri license number
  • List of licensees employed by the entity including address and Missouri license number

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.
  • Renewals may be filed as early as 3 months prior to the expiration date.
Required Attachments:
  • List of officers or managers of the firm including addresses and license numbers
  • List of licensees employed by the firm
  • Disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against the firm (if applicable)

Missouri Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Missouri Division of Professional Registration

Individual Licenses

Missouri Individual Engineering Licenses

Missouri Engineer Intern Enrollment

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Paper

Agency Fee:

$10

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Missouri Geologist-in-Training Registration

Agency:Missouri Division of Professional Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Enrollment Application

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

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

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
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

In addition to the personal seal, the licensee shall also affix his/her signature and place the date when the document was originally sealed, at the minimum, to the original of each sheet in a set of all final technical submissions that include, but are not limited to, drawings, specifications, exhibits, plats, reports, surveys, and certifications of construction prepared by the licensee or under his/her immediate personal supervision. The term “signature,” as used herein means the following:...

(B) For electronic or digital documents transmitted to others in their native file format (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, Word, or Excel), a digital signature with an electronic authentication process attached to or logically associated with the document. The digital signature must be unique to, and under the sole control of the person using it; it must also be capable of verification and be linked to a document in such manner that the digital signature is invalidated if any data on the document is altered.

(C) For electronic or digital documents transmitted to others in a “pdf” or similar format that has modified the native file so that it is not easily altered, a scanned signature is acceptable if it is an accurate depiction of the licensee’s actual signature.

20 CSR 2030-3.010

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

The seal may be in the form of an embossing seal, a rubber stamp, or a computer-generated image, identical in size, design and content with the provisions of section (1) above.

20 CSR 2030-3.010

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.

Missouri Professional Land Surveyor License

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Application Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

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.

Missouri Registered Geologist License

Agency:Missouri Division of Professional Registration
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

Missouri statutes and board rules do not prohibit the use of electronic signatures.

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

The seal may be in the form of an embossing seal, a rubber stamp, or a computer-generated image, identical in size or design and content with the provisions of section (1) of this rule.

20 CSR 2145-2.100

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License as a Registered Geologist

Agency Fee:

$125

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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.

© 2012 - 2022 Harbor Compliance. All rights reserved. Harbor Compliance does not provide tax, financial, or legal advice. Use of our services does not create an attorney-client relationship. Harbor Compliance is not acting as your attorney and does not review information you provide to us for legal accuracy or sufficiency. Access to our website is subject to our Terms of Use and Service Agreement.