New York Engineering License

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Licensing requirements for New York engineers and firms.

This page provides an overview of engineering licensing in New York 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.

Company Licenses

New York Engineering Company Licenses

New York Certificate of Authorization to Provide Engineering Services

Agency:New York State Education Department - Office of the Professions - State Board for Engineering & Land Surveying

Licensing Statute – N.Y. Education Law, Article 145, Engineering et. seq. (“Ed. Law”)

Ownership Requirements:

All shareholders, officers, and directors of a PC and all members and managers of a PLLC must be licensed engineers. DPC shareholders may include ESOPs provided that:

  1. Greater than seventy-five percent of the outstanding shares of stock of the corporation are owned by design professionals,
  2. An ESOP, either in part or in its entirety, shall not constitute part of the greater than seventy-five percent owned by design professionals,
  3. Greater than seventy-five percent of the directors are design professionals,
  4. Greater than seventy-five percent of the officers are design professionals,
  5. The president, the chairperson of the board of directors and the chief executive officer or officers are design professionals, and
  6. The single largest shareholder is either a design professional or an ESOP with greater than seventy-five percent of the plan's voting trustees being design professionals and greater than seventy-five percent of the plan's committee members being design professionals.

Initial Registration

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


Application for Certificate of Authorization

Agency fee:


Registration Renewal

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


Renewal applications are sent in the mail.

Agency fee:

$75. Late fees are $10 per month of uncertified practice.



Supplemental Reporting


Annual Statement is mailed to firm typically 60-90 days before due date

Filing method:


Agency fee:



July 1


Agency fee:



Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.


Notify the board in writing with any changes.

Individual Licenses

New York Individual Engineering Licenses

New York Intern Engineer Certificate

Agency:New York State Education Department - Office of the Professions - State Board for Engineering & Land Surveying

Registration Renewal

Not required

New York Professional Engineer License

Agency:New York State Education Department - Office of the Professions - State Board for Engineering & Land Surveying

Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



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

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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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