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Nebraska Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Nebraska.

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

Nebraska Certificate of Authorization (Architecture/Engineering)

Agency:Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects
Law:

NE R.S. § 81-3436

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Nebraska licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in Nebraska.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Nebraska licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in Nebraska.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a Nebraska licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm in Nebraska.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certificate of Authorization

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Tiered fee structure by number of licensees:

  • 1-5: $100
  • 6-10: $200
  • 11-49: $300
  • 50+: $400
Turnaround:

Conditionally within one week of receipt, and firmly after the following board meeting.

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Nebraska licensed engineer and/or architect to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Nebraska.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Nebraska licensed engineer and/or architect to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Nebraska.
  • 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 an Application for Certificate of Authorization with the Board of Engineers and Architects.
  2. File entity formation documents with the Nebraska Secretary of State.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File an Application for Certificate of Authorization with the Board of Engineers and Architects.
  2. File entity formation documents with the Nebraska Secretary of State.
Required Attachments:
  • List of officers including address, phone number, and Nebraska license number
  • List of members of the entity's governing body including address, phone number, and area of practice (if any)

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal forms are mailed a month prior to expiration.

Agency Fee:

Tiered fee structure by number of licensees:

  • 1-5: $50
  • 6-10: $150
  • 11-49: $250
  • 50+: $350
Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

A renewal notice is sent to the organization at least one month prior to the expiration date.

Required Attachments:
  • List of officers and members of the firm including addresses and license numbers
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services

Amendment

Form:

Change to Certification of Authorization

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Reinstatement

Notes:

Licenses expired for less than 1 year can renew with no late fees, but licenses expired for more than 1 year cannot be reinstated and the licensee must apply for a new license.

Supplemental Reporting
Application for Electronic Access of Records (Foreign Corporations)

Agency:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Application for Electronic Access of Records

Filing Method:

Mail

Due:

Due annually

Nebraska Certificate of Authorization for Geology

Agency:Nebraska Board of Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certificate of Authorization

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal form is mailed to the firm 30-60 days before the renewal is due.

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Nebraska LLC Certificate

Agency:Nebraska Board of Examiners For Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:There is no form, simply follow the instructions.
Instructions:

LLC Certificate

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Form:There is no form, simply follow the instructions.
Instructions:

LLC Certificate

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually

Individual Licenses

Nebraska Individual Engineering Licenses

Nebraska Engineer Intern Certificate

Agency:Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Intern Enrollment Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Nebraska Geologist Intern Enrollment

Agency:Nebraska Board of Geologists

Initial Registration

Form:

Fundamentals of Geology (FG) Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Not required



Intern enrollments do not expire.

Nebraska Land Surveyor Registration

Agency:Nebraska Board of Examiners For Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor Application

Agency Fee:

$40

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By April 1 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

There is no renewal application, simply submit the renewal fee during the renewal period.

Nebraska Professional Engineer License

Agency:Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

Architects and professional engineers are responsible for providing adequate security over their seal and signature wherever it appears, regardless of whether the seal and signature is produced electronically or by other means.

110 NAC Ch. 6.1.8

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

The seal used by an architect or professional engineer shall be legible, whether an embossing, computer generated, or other type of seal. In the absence of legibility, the seal is invalid.

No seal shall be valid unless signed across the face of the seal with the architect’s or professional engineer’s name and the date on which the material was signed.

110 NAC Ch. 6.1.3

Initial Registration

Form:

PE Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licensees with last names beginning with A through K must renew their license in odd-numbered years. Those with last names beginning with letters L through Z must renew their license in even-numbered years.

Nebraska Professional Geologist License

Agency:Nebraska Board of Geologists
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

Professional geologists are responsible for providing adequate security over their seal and signature wherever it appears, regardless of whether the seal and signature is produced electronically or by other means.

171 NAC Ch. 6.1.8

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

The seal used by a professional geologist shall be legible, whether an embossing, computer generated, or other type of seal. In the absence of legibility, the seal is invalid.

No seal shall be valid unless signed across the face of the seal with the professional geologist’s name and the date on which the material was signed.

171 NAC Ch. 6.1

Initial Registration

Form:

Practice of Geology (PG) Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$65

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Nebraska Surveyor-in-Training Registration

Agency:Nebraska Board of Examiners For Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Surveyor-in-Training Application

Agency Fee:

$40

Registration Renewal

Not required



Surveyor-in-Training registrations do 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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