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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

Filing Method:

Mail to: 

STATE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AND LAND SURVEYORS
P.O. BOX 45015
NEWARK, NJ 07101

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.
Required Attachments:
  • Certified copy of the certificate of formation or incorporation
  • Certified copy of a Certificate of Authority to do business in New Jersey (foreign only)
  • A copy of the most current annual report
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.

Required Attachments:
  • List of directors, officers, managers, or members of the firm including addresses, license numbers, and ownership share information
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services
  • List of branch office locations
  • A copy of the business entity's Department of Treasury annual report
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 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Approval - Engineering

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

NJ Admin Code § 13:40-13.5

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

Accredited schools, universities, and colleges; national and state professional engineering and closely allied professional organizations; and Federal, State, and New Jersey bi-state government agencies and independent authorities that sponsor CPC courses or programs, and CPC providers registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying are approved providers and are exempt from the requirement of submitting an application to the Board and obtaining a CPC provider number.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:6/9/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Continuing Professional Competency Approval Form for Professional Engineers

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:6/9/21

Renewal Not Required

Not required



New Jersey Geology Firm License

Not required



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

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

New Jersey does not license geologists, however, site remediation work requires a license.

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
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

(a) A digital signature and seal shall carry the same weight, authority, and effect as a handwritten signature and impression-type seal, when the following criteria are met:

1. The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4, Digital Signature Algorithm Validation System, (2013), which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented. This standard may be obtained at the following website: http://www.NIST.gov/. The digital signature and seal must be: i. Unique to the licensee; ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee; and iii. Under the licensee's direct and exclusive control; or

2. A digital signature and seal must be linked to a document in such a manner that it is evident if the document has been modified after the digital signature and seal have been applied.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain an electronic copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:40-3.4(b).

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon Board request and shall be produced in a manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria described in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

N.J.A.C § 13:40-8.1A

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

See digital signing guidelines.

Fact Checked:5/13/21

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:5/20/21

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:5/20/21

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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