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Texas Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Texas.

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

Texas Engineering Company Licenses

Texas Engineering Firm Registration

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Law:

Tex. Occ. Code Ann. § 1001.405

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Texas licensed engineer to be responsible for the firm's practice of engineering in Texas.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders, officers, and directors must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Texas licensed engineer to be responsible for the firm's practice of engineering in Texas.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members and managers must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.

Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the partnership must appoint a Texas licensed engineer to be responsible for the firm's practice of engineering in Texas.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Engineering Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$150

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Texas licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in Texas.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Texas licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in Texas.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section.
  2. File an Engineering Firm Registration application with the Board of Professional Engineers.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section.
  2. File an Engineering Firm Registration application with the Board of Professional Engineers.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the month the license was issued in.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Firm Information Update

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of address change for effective coorespondence.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Engineering Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$150

Notes:

Firms whose registration has expired must reapply to regain good standing.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Texas Geoscience Firm Registration

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Firm Registration Initial Application

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Annually

Texas Land Surveying Firm Registration

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
Law:

Tex. Occ. Code Ann. § 1001.001 et seq. 

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveying Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$129

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$129

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Individual Licenses

Texas Individual Engineering Licenses

Texas Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application For Engineer-In-Training Certification

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$15

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Engineer-in-Training Certification Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

Eight years from date of issuance.

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Texas Geoscientist-in-Training Certification

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Geo Scientist in Training Certification

Agency Fee:

$25 application fee + $25 proctor fee + $200 exam fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually

Texas Licensed State Land Surveyor (LSLS) License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

LSLS Application

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$179

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Texas Professional Engineer License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application Packet

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$80

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

Licenses are renewed annually on the date preceding the quarter in which the license was issued. The renewal dates are December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30 of each year. For example, if the license was received on February 20, 2017 (1st quarter), the renewal fee would be due on December 31, 2018.

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

Texas Professional Geoscientist - Geology License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for PG Licensure

Agency Fee:

$255

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$223

Due:

Annually

Texas Professional Geoscientist - Geophysics License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for PG Licensure

Agency Fee:

$255

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$223

Due:

Annually

Texas Professional Geoscientist - Soil Science License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Fact Checked:8/20/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for PG Licensure

Agency Fee:

$255

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$223

Due:

Annually

Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

RPLS Application

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$179

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Texas Surveyor in Training (SIT) Certification

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Surveyor In Training (S.I.T.) Application

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

SIT Certification Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

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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