License Lookup (Verification) for California-Licensed Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Geologists, and Geophysicists
SEARCH INSTRUCTIONS FOR LICENSE LOOKUP
You can look up the current status of California-licensed professional engineers, land surveyors, geologists, and geophysicists via the License Lookup databases. There are two separate databases: one for professional engineers and professional land surveyors, and one for professional geologists and professional geophysicists. Links to the databases are provided below the instructions. Please pay close attention to the instructions on how to enter the Name and License Number.
How to search for a licensee:
Name: Last Name ONLY or Last AND First Name. Partial last names OR complete last names and partial first names may be used for a search. For example: A search on "jons" will result in a list that includes Jons, Jonson, and Jonsen. This is helpful if you are not sure of the exact spelling of a name. If you know the city or county, adding that information will narrow the search. You cannot look up just by First Name.
Match any part of name: Click this radio button to look up a licensee using any part of his or her name.
License Number: Use NUMBERS ONLY, NO alphabetical characters. Do NOT enter leading zeroes. Searching by license number will locate results for that license number only. The same license number may be used for multiple license types, so double-check the license type on the search results to determine the appropriate discipline of licensure. You must search by name to find all licenses issued to a given person.
City: You may search for all licenses in a city, or you may narrow your search by entering a name or license number AND a city.
County: You may search for all licenses in a county, or you may narrow your search by entering a name or license number AND a county.
New Search: Before starting a new search, use the CLEAR button before entering new information.
When You Find the Name You Want: Be sure to click on the name of the person you're searching for to see all the information available.
Definitions of License Status are given below.
License Types: The letter designation for each license type is listed below.
NOTE: Civil Engineers with a license number of 33965 and lower may practice land surveying without being licensed as a Land Surveyor.
When you locate the name you are searching for, click on the name for more complete information. If there have been any final disciplinary actions against a licensee, that will be noted, and you will find a link to additional information about the enforcement action(s). PLEASE NOTE: Not all complaint/disciplinary information is available online. We recommend that you contact the Board's Enforcement Unit at (916) 263-2241 or BPELS.Enforcement_Information@dca.ca.gov to check on the status of the license even if the status is CLEAR.
For lists of licensees, including lists by branch of licensure and location (such as county), contact the following office:
Department of Consumer Affairs
Public Information Unit
Finding Names to Match License Numbers from Survey Monuments
The following numerical lists may be used by anyone who locates a monument with a license number to find the name of the surveyor or civil engineer who set the monument. Further information about the person may be available by searching through license lookup, but records are not online for persons licensed prior to 1989 who were not current then and have not become current since then. You may call the Board at (916) 263-2222 to request more information about a licensee not on the lookup site, or send an e-mail request to BPELS.License_Verifications@dca.ca.gov.
Click here for Numerical List of Civil Engineers
This 99 page .pdf file includes all licenses issued up to January 1, 1982. Civil engineers registered prior to that date are authorized to practice all land surveying as defined in the Professional Land Surveyors' Act. Licenses issued after January 1, 1982, may be looked up using the License Lookup above.
Click here for Numerical List of Land Surveyors
This .pdf file includes all licenses issued between 1891 and May 20, 2000. Licenses issued after May 20, 2000, may be looked up using the License Lookup above.
Clear: The license is current and valid. IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if the status is CLEAR, there could be complaints or disciplinary actions as part of the license history. You may contact the Board at 1-866-780-5370 (toll free) to check for complaints or disciplinary actions against this license.
Cancelled: The license has been delinquent for more than three years. The right to practice has expired.
Please Note: There is currently no inactive status for engineering or land surveying licenses; therefore, some licensees choose to allow their licenses to expire.
Deceased: The licensee is deceased. This status is only assigned when the Board has verified through independent sources that the licensee is deceased.
Delinquent: The expiration date has passed, and the license has not been renewed. Delinquent licenses may be renewed within three years. Delinquent licensees do not have the right to practice.
Denied: The license has been denied pursuant to Section 17520 of the Family Code. The licensee does not have the right to practice.
150 Day TempLic: The licensee has been issued a temporary 150-day license pursuant to Section 17520 of the Family Code. The licensee may still practice.
Retired: The licensee has been issued a retired license by the Board. The licensee may no longer practice.
Revoked: The license is terminated, and the right to practice is ended. Revocation is the result of a disciplinary action.
Suspended: The licensee is prohibited from practicing for a specific period of time. Suspension is the result of a disciplinary action.
Voluntary Surrender/Surrender of License: The license has been voluntarily returned to the Board, and the right to practice is ended. Voluntary surrender is usually as the result of a disciplinary action.
AG - Agricultural Engineer
C - Civil Engineer
CH - Chemical Engineer
CO - Consulting Engineer
CR - Corrosion Engineer
CS - Control System Engineer
E - Electrical Engineer
EG - Certified Engineering Geologist
FP - Fire Protection Engineer
GE - Geotechnical Engineer (Soil or Soils Engineer)
GEO - Geologist
GP - Geophysicist
HG - Certified Hydrogeologist
I - Industrial Engineer
L - Land Surveyor
M - Mechanical Engineer
MF - Manufacturing Engineer
MT - Metallurgical Engineer
NU - Nuclear Engineer
P - Petroleum Engineer
PS - Photogrammetrist (Photogrammetric Surveyor)
Q - Quality Engineer
S - Structural Engineer
SF - Safety Engineer
TR - Traffic Engineer