California Occupational License

License Title:
    Civil Engineer
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
     Geologists and Geophysicists Program

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 300
Sacramento,  CA  95833 - 2944

     Phone Number: (916) 263-2222
     Fax Number: (916) 263-2246

     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Civil Engineer
Examination Requirements: National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) Civil examination, 2-1/2 hour CA Specific Seismic Principles, 2-1/2 hour CA Specific Engineering Surveying, and Take-Home California State Laws and Board Rules exam. The eight hour NCEES exam can be taken and passed in another state.

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 Board's 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 Engineer 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:
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Civil Engineers 172051