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New Hampshire Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in New Hampshire.

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

New Hampshire Certificate of Authorization (Engineering)

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Professional Engineers
Law:

NH R.S. § 310-A:20

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

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the officers must be an engineer licensed in New Hampshire.

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 1/2 of the directors and all of the officers, excluding the secretary and treasurer, must be New Hampshire licensed engineers or otherwise qualified entities.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the members must be an engineer licensed in New Hampshire.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members and managers must be New Hampshire licensed engineers or otherwise qualified entities.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be an engineer licensed in New Hampshire.

Initial Registration

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

Up to a month if board deliberation is required. Confirmation and registration is emailed to the business based on the contact information provided.

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

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a New Hampshire licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities.
  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a New Hampshire licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities.
  • Ensure that your New Hampshire entity will meet 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 Authorization to Practice Engineering application with the Board of Professional Engineers.
  2. File entity formation documents with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a Certificate of Authorization to Practice Engineering application with the Board of Professional Engineers.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
Required Attachments:
  • A certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state is required
  • List of corporate officers or partners including addresses
  • The name of the person legally authorized to sign documents on behalf of the firm is required.

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Renewal notifications are sent by email at 60 days and within 15 days prior to the expiration of your license.

Required Attachments:
  • List of officers, managers, or partners of the firm including addresses
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

ASAP - no specific time frame - must be updated for renewal.

Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes.

New Hampshire Certificate of Authorization (Land Surveying)

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Land Surveyors
Eligible Entity Types:

New Hampshire allows surveying firms to practice under most entity types, including corporations, professional corporations, LLCs, and professional LLCs

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75 for corporations and partnerships, $50 for sole-proprietorships

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

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a New Hampshire licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities.
  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.

 

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a New Hampshire licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities.
  • Ensure that your New Hampshire entity will meet 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 Authorization to Practice Engineering application with the Board of Professional Engineers.
  2. File entity formation documents with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.

 

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a Certificate of Authorization to Practice Engineering application with the Board of Professional Engineers.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
Required Attachments:
  • A certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state is required
  • List of corporate officers or partners including addresses
  • The name of the person legally authorized to sign documents on behalf of the firm is required.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75 for corporations and partnerships, $50 for sole-proprietorships

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Renewal notifications are sent by email at 60 days and within 15 days prior to the expiration of your license.

Required Attachments:
  • List of officers, managers, or partners of the firm including addresses
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services

New Hampshire Geology Firm License

Not required



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

More information: New Hampshire Board of Professional Geologists

Individual Licenses

New Hampshire Individual Engineering Licenses

New Hampshire Geologist-in-Training Certification

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Professional Geologists

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Renewal Not Required

Not required



New Hampshire Professional Engineer License

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Professional Engineers
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

There are no provisions for electronic signing, but the use of electronic signatures is not precluded.

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

The board allows the use of digital seals.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Biennially by the last day of the licensee's month of birth.

New Hampshire Professional Geologist License

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Professional Geologists
Allow Digital Signatures?No
Digital Signature Guidelines:

New Hampshire does not have provisions for the use of electronic signatures.

Allow Digital Sealing?No
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

New Hampshire does not have provisions for the use of digital seals.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Biennially by the end of the licensee's birth month.

New Hampshire Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Biennially by the end of the licensee's month of birth.

New Hampshire Surveyor-in-Training Certification

Agency:New Hampshire Board of Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Renewal Not Required

Not required



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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