Engineering Licensing Compliance Guide

Engineering Licensing Compliance

Virginia Engineering Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for engineering industry firms and individuals in Virginia.

This page provides an overview of engineering industry licensing in Virginia 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

Virginia Engineering Company Licenses

Virginia Business Entity Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$80 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Virginia Business Entity Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Law:

VAC § 10-20-540 et seq.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$150 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $300 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Virginia Geology Firm License

Not required



More information: Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists

Registration Not Required

Not required



Virginia Professional Corporation Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$30

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$55 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Virginia Professional Corporation Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$30

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$125 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $275 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$80 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail about 45 days prior to expiration.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Reinstatement

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$150 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $300 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Individual Licenses

Virginia Individual Engineering Licenses

Virginia Engineer-in-Training Designation

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$30

Registration Renewal

Not required



Virginia Geologist-in-Training Designation

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$20

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The designation of GIT will remain valid until the individual meets all requirements for certification as a Virginia certified professional geologist.

Virginia Land Surveyor B License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Land Surveyor License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Professional Engineer License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$60

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$80

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Professional Geologist Certification

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$70

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Professional Soil Scientist License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$70

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Surveyor Photogrammetrist License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$90

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Virginia Surveyor-in-Training Designation

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$60

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The EIT designation remains valid indefinitely.

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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