Information for the License:

Mechanical Engineer

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Division Name: Geologists and Geophysicists Program
Telephone:  (916) 263-2222
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
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Mechanical Engineer

Examination Requirements:  National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) Mechanical 8 hour examination and Take-Home California State Laws and Board Rules exam.

Application Fee: For current fee schedule, please refer to the Board's website at

Background Check: Completing a background check is required for licensure. All applicants are required to submit fingerprints prior to sitting for examination. This applies to all new and refile applicants. For more information, please refer to the Board’s website at:

Examination Frequency: Semi-Annual (spring and fall) examination cycle. For final filing dates, please refer to the Board's website at:

Exam Locations: Statewide at designated locations. Please refer to the NCEES website at:

Experience Requirement: Professional licensure for engineering is based on a demonstration of education and experience. Please refer to the Board's website at:

With an Engineering In Training (EIT) certificate, six (6) years of professional level qualifying experience in the branch of engineering in which the applicant is seeking licensure less applicable credit for verified education (if any). 

Waiver of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is available with an engineering or accredited engineering technology degree and 15-17 years of work experience. Please refer to the Board's website at: for the requirements for waiving the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

Average Time to Process Application: Three (3) months.

Renewal: Every two (2) years. For renewal information, please refer to the Board's website at:

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Chapter 7, Section 6700; et al.