Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

New Jersey Engineering Industry Licensing

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

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

New Jersey Certificate of Authorization (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Law:

NJ Stat. § 45-8-27

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

Business Corporations:

  • Firms may not use the word "engineers" or any derivative of that word or "land surveyors" or any derivative of that word unless at least one executive officer is a New Jersey licensed engineer or land surveyor respectively.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders of New Jersey engineering or land surveying PCs must be licensed engineers, land surveyors, or individuals licensed in a closely related profession.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Firms may not use the word "engineers" or any derivative of that word or "land surveyors" or any derivative of that word unless at least one member is a New Jersey licensed engineer or land surveyor respectively.

Limited Liability Partnerships:

  • Firms may not use the word "engineers" or any derivative of that word or "land surveyors" or any derivative of that word unless at least one partner is a New Jersey licensed engineer or land surveyor respectively.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency Fee:

$120 for Biennial or $60 for Annual

Turnaround:

2-3 months.

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a New Jersey licensed individual to act as the licensee in responsible charge for each office the firm has in New Jersey.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a New Jersey licensed individual to act as the licensee in responsible charge for each office the firm has in New Jersey.
  • Ensure that your New Jersey entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a certified copy of your entity's formation documents from its home state.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Form your business entity by completing the online form on the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website.
  2. Obtain a certified copy of your entity's certificate of formation or incorporation to file with your firm license application.
  3. Obtain a copy of the annual report the entity most recently filed with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services to file with your firm license application.
  4. Apply for a Certificate of Authorization through the State Board of Architects.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity by completing the online form on the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website.
  2. Obtain a certified copy of your entity's certificate of authority (document that grants your business the ability to transact business in New Jersey) and a certified copy of your entity's certificate of formation or incorporation from its home state to file with your firm license application.
  3. Obtain a copy of the annual report the entity most recently filed with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services to file with your firm license application.
  4. Apply for a Certificate of Authorization through the State Board of Architects.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$120 for Biennial or $60 for Annual

Due:

By August 31 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Reinstatement Application for a Certificate of Authorization

Agency Fee:

$125 + $120 for the two-year biennial cycle for which reinstatement is sought.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

New Jersey Geology Firm License

Not required



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

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

New Jersey Individual Engineering Licenses

New Jersey Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer-in-Training Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



New Jersey Geologist License

Not required



Professional Geologist licensure is not required on the State level in New Jersey.

Registration Not Required

Not required



New Jersey Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveyor-in-Training Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



New Jersey Professional Engineer License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Engineer Application

Agency Fee:

$75 application fee + $40 or $80 license fee depending on when the application is filed.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:11/2/18

New Jersey Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Land Surveyor Application

Agency Fee:

$75 application fee + $40 or $80 license fee depending on when the application is filed.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

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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