Fingerprinting

Legislation has been passed requiring the Board to verify all applicants’ fingerprints for criminal history prior to approval. This applies to all new and refile applicants.
What this means for you:

  • Applicants for all Professional Engineer licenses will be required to supply the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for licensure or certification. This applies to both new and refile applicants.
  • Licensed Civil Engineers who are applying for licensure as a Structural Engineer or Geotechnical Engineer must supply the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for licensure or certification. This applies to both new and refile applicants.
  • Applicants for Professional Land Surveyor licenses will be required to supply the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for licensure or certification. This applies to both new and refile applicants.
  • Applicants for Professional Geologist and Professional Geophysicist licenses will be required to supply the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for licensure or certification. This applies to both new and refile applicants.
  • Licensed Professional Geologists who are applying for their Certified Engineering Geologist or Certified Hydrogeologist certification must supply the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for licensure or certification. This applies to both new and refile applicants.
  • EIT and LSIT applicants who have taken and passed the national examinations and are applying for certification in California will be required to provide the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for certification.
  • Applicants for GIT certification will be required to provide the Board with a full set of fingerprints upon submittal of application for certification.

Applicants residing in California must complete the fingerprint process through the Live Scan process. The Live Scan process is only available in California. Applicants residing outside of California would need to submit fingerprint cards. Fingerprint cards can be obtained via our online request form. Please note: The fingerprint process through the hardcopy fingerprint cards can take 3-4 months to complete. If you do not reside in California, you may choose to come to California in order to use the Live Scan process.

For more detailed information regarding fingerprinting, please visit the Board’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Questions regarding fingerprinting can also be emailed to our fingerprint coordinator, Jennifer Mueller, at our dedicated fingerprint email address, bpelsg.fingerprint.questions@dca.ca.gov.   

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