California Occupational License

License Title:
    Structural 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:
Structural Engineer

Examination Requirement: 16-hour National Council for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) Vertical Forces & Lateral Forces Structural examinations.

Fees: Application: 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. 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: Three (3) years of responsible charge experience in structural engineering after licensure as a Civil Engineer, except for persons who have been operating under an exemption or have been practicing in another state or country. Applicants must have a valid, unexpired license as a Civil Engineer in California. Please refer to the Board's website at:

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 6736.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Civil Engineers 172051