Applying for Licensure as a Civil Engineer
(Quarters and Processing Timeframes):

NEW APPLICANTS
It is recommended that you submit your application for licensure to the Board after you have passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE-Civil) exam.

Once you have passed the NCEES PE-Civil exam and have the required qualifying experience, submit your application for licensure to the Board.

The state-specific Civil Seismic Principles and Civil Engineering Surveying exams are offered on a continuous quarterly basis.  There is no final filing date. Applications can be submitted and will be accepted on a continuous basis, and applicants will be allowed to take the exams once per quarter.  You must schedule and sit for the exam(s) in the quarter following the quarter in which your application and exam fee(s) are processed and approved by the Board (see the schedule below). You will receive an Authorization to Test notice, via email, with instructions on how and when to schedule your exam(s).    

You must allow the Board a minimum of 60 days from when you submit your application to process your application. Do not contact the Board within the initial 60-day period to ask about the status of your application. If you have not received any communication from the Board after the initial 60-day period, you may contact the Board's Licensing Unit at (916) 263-2222 or:

A-G BPELSG.Evaluator1@dca.ca.gov
H-O BPELSG.Evaluator2@dca.ca.gov
P-Z BPELSG.Evaluator3@dca.ca.gov

Do not contact the Board to verify receipt of your application. If you wish to have proof that your application was received, you need to use a delivery method that provides tracking and delivery confirmation.

Application instructions and forms.

RE-TAKING THE STATE-SPECIFIC EXAMS
If you need to re-take the state-specific exam(s), submit the appropriate Re-Examination Form and the appropriate exam fee(s) to the Board.  The exams are offered on a continuous quarterly basis. There is no final filing date. Re-Examination Forms can be submitted and will be accepted on a continuous basis, and applicants will be allowed to take the exams once per quarter.  You must schedule and sit for the exam(s) in the quarter following the quarter in which your Re-Examination Form and exam fee(s) are processed by the Board (see the schedule below).  You will receive an Authorization to Test notice, via email, with instructions on how and when to schedule your exam(s).   

Do not contact the Board to verify receipt of your Re-Examination Form. If you wish to have proof that your form was received, you need to use a delivery method that provides tracking and delivery confirmation.

Do NOT submit the Re-Examination Form and exam fee(s) before you receive your exam results. If the Board receives your Re-Examination Form before exam results have posted, your form will be returned to you, and a refund will be issued for the exam fee(s).  Refunds may take 12 weeks to receive. 

THE QUARTERS AND PROCESSING TIMEFRAMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

State-Specific Civil Exams Scheduling/Testing Quarters

If your application or Re-Examination Form is approved:

You must schedule and sit for your exam(s):

January 1 – March 31
(Quarter 1)

April 1 – June 22
(Quarter 2)

April 1 – June 30
(Quarter 2)

July 1 – September 30
(Quarter 3)

July 1 – September 30
(Quarter 3)

October 1 – December 22
(Quarter 4)

October 1 – December 31
(Quarter 4)

January 1 – March 31
(Quarter 1)