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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 & Land Surveyors
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.

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

Turnaround:

5-6 weeks. Applicants will receive confirmation by mail.

Notes:
  • Qualified Indivdiual
    • The P.E. of record must be present and/or directly supervise engineering work during the hours of operation for the firm.
    • Section §1001.405(f) of the Act allows for a licensed engineer to perform engineering work on a part-time basis and the engineer is considered the “full-time” employee of the part-time firm since the engineer is required to be personally present during the periods engineering work is performed
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.

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
Required Attachments:
  • List of directors, officers, managers, or partners of the firm
  • List of licensees in responsible charge of the firm's professional services
  • List of branch office locations

Amendment

Form:

Firm Information Update

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of address change for effective coorespondence.

Reinstatement

Form:

Engineering Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$150

Notes:

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

Texas Geoscience Firm Registration

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes

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 Engineers & Land Surveyors
Law:

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveying Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$129

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$129

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Individual Licenses

Texas Individual Engineering Licenses

Texas Engineer-in-Training Certification

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Application For Engineer-In-Training Certification

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$15

Registration Renewal

Form:

Engineer-in-Training Certification Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

Eight years from date of issuance.

Texas Geoscientist-in-Training Certification

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists

Initial Registration

Form:

Geo Scientist in Training Certification

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

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

Registration Renewal

Form:

GIT Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Notes:

GIT certifications can be renewed for a period of up to eight years. Renewals after the eighth year of certification will be granted at the discretion of the Appointed Board.

Texas Licensed State Land Surveyor (LSLS) License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

LSLS Application

Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$179

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Texas Professional Engineer License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

See digital sealing guidelines.

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

(a) Upon issuance of a license, each license holder is required to obtain a seal under the requirements of §133.97 of this title (relating to Issuance of License) and submit an impression of the seal or an electronic seal, and an original or an electronic signature to the board for board records.

(b) Physical and electronic seals shall be of the design illustrated in this section and shall be no larger than two inches. Regardless of seal size the engineer's name and number must be clearly legible.

Texas Admin Code Title 22 Part 6 § 137.31

(a) Licensed professional engineers shall maintain the security of their electronic seals and electronic signatures. The following methods are allowed:

  1. Licensed professional engineers may electronically copy their original hard copy work that bears their seal, original signature, and date and transmit this work in a secure electronic format.
  2. An engineer may create an electronic seal and electronic signature for use in transmitting electronically formatted engineering work, regardless of whether the work was originally in hard copy or electronic format.

(b) As an alternative to electronic sealing and electronic signatures, engineers shall affix their original seals and signatures and date to their engineering work as specified in §137.33(f) of this chapter (relating to Sealing Procedures).

Texas Admin Code Title 22 Part 6 § 137.35

(d) License holders shall take reasonable steps to ensure the security of their physical or electronic seals and electronic signatures. For electronic seals and electronic signatures, the engineer must have reasonable security measures in place to protect these files. In the event of loss of a seal or electronic signature, the engineer will, as soon as possible, but within 30 days of discovery, give written notification of the facts concerning the loss to board.

(l) An engineer may securely transmit his or her final version of engineering work electronically provided that work bears the engineer's seal and uses one of the techniques described in §137.35(a) of this chapter (relating to Electronic Seals and Electronic Signatures) and must employ reasonable security measures to make the documents unalterable. Electronic correspondence of this type may be followed by a hard copy containing the engineer's printed name, date, signature and the designation "P.E." or other terms described in §137.1 of this chapter (relating to License Holder Designations).

Texas Admin Code Title 22 Part 6 § 137.33

Initial Registration

Form:

Application Packet

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$80

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

Texas Professional Geoscientist - Geology License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

See digital sealing guidelines.

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

(b) The Professional Geoscientist seal shall be of the design shown in this subsection. Physical seals of two different sizes will be acceptable: a pocket seal (the size commercially designated as 1-5/8-inch seal) or desk seal (commercially designated as a two-inch seal). Computer-applied seals may be of a reduced size provided that the Professional Geoscientist's full name and license number are clearly legible.

(g) Electronically conveyed geoscience documents requiring a seal must contain an electronic seal and electronic signature. Such seals should conform to the design requirements set forth in this section.

(1) A Professional Geoscientist must employ reasonable security measures to make the document unalterable. The Professional Geoscientist shall maintain the security of his/her electronic seal and electronic signature. The following methods are allowed: (A) The Professional Geoscientist may electronically copy the original hard copy of the document that bears his/her seal, original signature, and date and transmit this document in a secure electronic format. (B) The Professional Geoscientist may create an electronic seal and electronic signature for use in transmitting geoscientific documents by making a secure electronic graphic of his/her original seal and signature.

(2) The use of an electronically-generated signature is not allowed by changing the word processing font from a "normal text" to a signature/handwriting font.

Texas Admin Code Title 22 Part 39 § 851.156

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for PG Licensure

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$255

Registration Renewal

Form:

P.G. Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$223

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for a 12-month period and then expire annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Texas Professional Geoscientist - Geophysics License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

See digital sealing guidelines.

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

(b) The Professional Geoscientist seal shall be of the design shown in this subsection. Physical seals of two different sizes will be acceptable: a pocket seal (the size commercially designated as 1-5/8-inch seal) or desk seal (commercially designated as a two-inch seal). Computer-applied seals may be of a reduced size provided that the Professional Geoscientist's full name and license number are clearly legible.

(g) Electronically conveyed geoscience documents requiring a seal must contain an electronic seal and electronic signature. Such seals should conform to the design requirements set forth in this section.

(1) A Professional Geoscientist must employ reasonable security measures to make the document unalterable. The Professional Geoscientist shall maintain the security of his/her electronic seal and electronic signature. The following methods are allowed: (A) The Professional Geoscientist may electronically copy the original hard copy of the document that bears his/her seal, original signature, and date and transmit this document in a secure electronic format. (B) The Professional Geoscientist may create an electronic seal and electronic signature for use in transmitting geoscientific documents by making a secure electronic graphic of his/her original seal and signature.

(2) The use of an electronically-generated signature is not allowed by changing the word processing font from a "normal text" to a signature/handwriting font.

Texas Admin Code Title 22 Part 39 § 851.156

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for PG Licensure

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$255

Registration Renewal

Form:

P.G. Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$223

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for a 12-month period and then expire annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Texas Professional Geoscientist - Soil Science License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for PG Licensure

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$255

Registration Renewal

Form:

P.G. Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$223

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for a 12-month period and then expire annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Texas Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) License

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

RPLS Application

Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$179

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Texas Surveyor in Training (SIT) Certification

Agency:Texas Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

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

Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Form:

SIT Certification Renewal

Agency Fee:

$25

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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