New Process for Applying for Licensure as a Civil Engineer:

Do not submit your application for licensure until after you have passed the NCEES Principles & Practice (P&P) exam.

Once you have passed the NCEES P&P exam and have the required qualifying experience, then submit your application for licensure to the Board.

There is no final filing date. Applications can be submitted and will be accepted on a continuous basis.

You must allow a minimum of 60 days from when you submit your application before you contact the Board 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 via email:

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.

The state-specific Civil Engineer exams (seismic principles and engineering surveying) are offered on a continuous quarterly basis starting with the quarter that begins on April 1, 2018. You will be authorized to sit for the exams in the quarter following the quarter in which your application is approved by the Board (see schedule below for more information). You may sit for each exam once per quarter.

If you need to retake the state-specific exam(s), you will need to submit the Re-Examination Form and appropriate exam fee(s). You will be authorized to sit for the exam(s) in the quarter following the quarter in which the Re-Examination Form and exam fee(s) are processed and approved by the Board (see schedule below for more information).  Do NOT submit the Re-Examination Form and exam fee(s) before you receive your examination results. If we receive a Re-Examination Form before examination results have posted, your form will be returned to you, and a refund will be issued for the examination fee.

You will be allowed to take each state-specific exam once per quarter. You must pay the exam fee for each exam. You will be allowed to schedule for the exam based on when your application or re-examination payment is processed and approved, according to the following schedule:

State Specific Civil Exam Scheduling / Testing Quarters

If your application or re-exam form is approved

You may schedule your exam

January 1 – March 31
(Quarter 1)

April 1 – June 30
(Quarter 2)

April 1 – June 30
(Quarter 2)

July 1 – September 30
(Quarter 3)

July 1 – September 30
(Quarter 3)

October 1 – December 31
(Quarter 4)

October 1 – December 31
(Quarter 4)

January 1 – March 31
(Quarter 1)


Click HERE for application instructions and forms.