License Renewal Information
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Renewal Notices - Renewal notices are sent to your address of record approximately 60 days before the expiration date. The expiration date is printed on the renewal notice and on your pocket certificate. The expiration date is also available on License Lookup, where you can check to see that your correct address is on file with the Board. If you do not receive your renewal notice, you may send your renewal payment directly to the Board office; include a cover letter indicating your license number and correct address of record.
Payments and Online Renewals – At this time, all license types, except for photogrammetric surveyors and consulting engineers, may renew their license(s) online if certain eligibility requirements are met. If you do not meet these requirements, you must renew your license in the traditional manner. Click here to see if you qualify. There will be an additional convenience fee to process your request online. Check or money order payments can be made by completing the License Renewal Request form and mailing it to the Board's address. Due to administrative processing issues, the Board is not able to accept renewal payments prior to 60 days before the expiration date. If you submit your renewal payment more than 60 days before your license is scheduled to expire, the payment will be returned to you.
Address Change - You are required by Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Section 412, to notify the Board of a change of address within 30 days of the change. An address change form is available by clicking here. You must notify the Board in writing directly. Submitting an address change or forwarding request to the U.S. Postal Service is not sufficient.
First-time Licensure - Engineers and Land Surveyors examination fee includes licensure through the first renewal quarter after the exam results were approved by the Board. Approximately one to two months after being notified of passing the examination, first-time licensees will receive a renewal notice for payment of the full renewal fee. Once renewed, the license will be valid for an additional two (2) years. The renewal month and day will remain the same until the license is retired, canceled, or revoked. Geologists and Geophysicists must apply for initial license certification after passing the appropriate examinations. Those eligible for initial license/certification will receive notification from the Board regarding first time licensure.
Renew On Time to Avoid Penalty - Renewing on time will save you a delinquent penalty fee equal to half of the current renewal fee. If your renewal application is postmarked after the grace period, the penalty fee must be submitted with the renewal fee. (Engineers have a 60-day grace period. Land Surveyors and Geologists have a 30-day grace period.) The grace period only applies to the fee you have to pay to renew your license. If you do not pay your renewal fee by the expiration date, your license will be considered expired. It is illegal to practice, offer to practice, or use any restricted titles with an expired license, including during the grace period.
Delinquent License - A license is delinquent between the first day after the grace period and up to five years after the grace period. (Engineers have a 60-day grace period. Land Surveyors, Geologists, and Geophysicists have a 30-day grace period.) A delinquent license can be brought up-to-date by paying all accrued and unpaid renewal fees. If your license is five or more years delinquent, you cannot renew and will need to go through the application process to acquire a new license.
Multiple Licenses - You can send one check for multiple licenses but you must include the renewal form(s) or a letter indicating the license number(s) you wish to renew and your address.
Structural and Geotechnical Engineers - You must pay the renewal fees for both your Civil Engineer license and your Structural and/or Geotechnical Engineer license. Your Structural and/or Geotechnical Engineer license cannot be renewed if your Civil Engineer license is not current. If you submit the renewal fee for only your Structural and/or Geotechnical Engineer license, a hold will be placed on your licenses until the required renewal fee for the Civil Engineer license is received.
Certified Engineering Geologists and Hydrogeologists - You must pay the renewal fees for both your Professional Geologists license and your Certified Engineering Geologists and/or Hydrogeologists license. Your Certified Engineering Geologist and/or Hydrogeologist license cannot be renewed if your Professional Geologists license is not current. If you submit the renewal fee for only your Certified Engineering Geologist and/or Hydrogeologist license, a hold will be placed on your license until the required renewal fee for the Professional Geologists license is received.
New Renewal Dates on License Lookup - The information in the online data base will be updated 24 hours after the payment you send is cashiered and entered into the system. You will receive your new pocket certificate within three to four weeks.
Paper Pocket Certificate- Paper pocket certificates cards are sent out automatically by the Department of Consumer Affairs once a license is renewed. If you require verification of licensure for employment purposes, direct your employer to the Board's License Lookup site for verification of your status.
Plastic Pocket Identification Card - Plastic pocket identification cards are sent out automatically when your license is issued. Should you need a replacement card, you must complete the Replacement License Certificate request form for engineers and land surveyors or Geology and Geophysicists. Replacement cards are printed quarterly.
Military Service Personnel - Click here for more information about special provisions for military service personnel whose licenses expired while they were on active duty as a member of the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces.
Retired License Status - Click here for more information about retiring your license.