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Montana Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Montana.

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

Montana Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Law:

MT Code Ann. § 37-67-328

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

Business Corporations:

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

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 1/2 of the directors and officers, excluding the secretary and treasurer, must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.
  • All shareholders must be licensed individuals or similarly qualified entities.

Limited Liability Companies:

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

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 1/2 of the managers must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.
  • All members must be licensed individuals or similarly qualified entities.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a Montana licensed individual, who is a full-time employee, to be responsible for the firm's practice of engineering in Montana.

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~14 days

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Montana licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering practice for each office location in Montana.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Montana entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Montana licensed engineer to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's engineering practice for each office location in Montana.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents online with the Montana Secretary of State.
  2. Submit a Certificate of Authorization Application and proof of registration with the Secretary of State to the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents online with the Montana Secretary of State.
  2. Submit a Certificate of Authorization Application and proof of registration with the Secretary of State to the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certificate of Authority Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by October 1.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Required Attachments:
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services
  • Disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against the firm (if applicable)

Amendment

Form:

Change of Engineer and or Land Surveyor in Responsible Charge

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 10 days of the effective date of the change.

Montana Geology Firm License

Not required



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

Individual Licenses

Montana Individual Engineering Licenses

Montana Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Intern Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Form:

Engineer Intern Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Biennially by June 30. Licenses issued in odd-numbered years renew during odd-numbered years and licenses issued during even-numbered years renew during even-numbered years.

Montana Geologist License

Not required



Professional Geoscientist licensure is not required on the State level in Montana.

Montana Land Surveyor Intern Certification

Agency:Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor Intern Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Form:

EI and LSI Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Biennially by June 30. Licenses issued in odd-numbered years renew during odd-numbered years and licenses issued during even-numbered years renew during even-numbered years.

Montana Professional Engineer License

Agency:Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
Allow Digital Signatures?No
Digital Signature Guidelines:

(5) The title page of all plans and documents filed with public authorities must bear the seal and original signature of the licensee in responsible charge.

Montana Admin Rules Rule 24.183.511

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

(1) Individuals licensed as a Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, or Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor may obtain a seal in the form of an embossing or rubber stamp or digital seal to be used for purposes of sealing printed drawings, specifications, and other documents prepared by or under the supervision of the licensee.

(2) A licensee's seal must contain the licensee's name, license number (such as #####PE, #####LS, or #####ES), and the applicable legend "Professional Engineer," "Professional Land Surveyor," or "Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor."

(3) Seals of the following commercial designated sizes and types are authorized: (a) 1 5/8" pocket seal; (b) 2" desk seal; and (c) 2" rubber stamp seal. (d) A digital seal may be reduced in size to one-half of the size of the original seal.

(4) The seal, digital seal, and the signature must be of sufficient print quality to legibly reproduce on all copies or prints of final original drawings to which they are applied.

(5) The title page of all plans and documents filed with public authorities must bear the seal and original signature of the licensee in responsible charge.

(6) Licensees may use a digital seal for stamping plans, specifications, survey documents, and reports.

Montana Admin Rules Rule 24.183.511

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Active Professional Engineer Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Montana Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Land Surveyor Application

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $100 exam fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Active Professional Land Surveyor Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

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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