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Sec. 310. Extension of licenses and registrations; waiver of deadlines.

Notwithstanding any provision of law during, or within 45 days after the end of, a period time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14- 194; D.C. Official Code§ 7-2304.01), the Mayor, may:

  1. Prospectively or retroactively extend the validity of a license, registration, permit, or authorization, including drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, professional licenses, registrations, and certifications;
  2. Waive the deadlines for filings, and waive fees, fines, and penalties associated with the failure to timely renew a license, registration, permit, or other authorization or to timely submit a filing; or
  3. Extend or waive the deadline by which action is required to be taken by the executive branch of the District government or by which an approval or disapproval is deemed to have occurred based on inaction by the executive branch of the District government

Continuing Education Requirements Waived for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyor Licensees for the Renewing Cycle ending on August 31, 2020

Given the unprecedented nature of the current public health emergency, the continuing education requirements have been waived for all professional engineer and professional land surveyor licensees for the renewal cycle ending on August 31, 2020. The Board of Professional Engineers recognizes the challenges of meeting these requirements during this time. Licensees are still required to renew their licensees at the renewal time, and will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineering regulates the licensing and practice of professional engineers and land surveyors and protects the public by upholding the District of Columbia’s Professional Engineers municipal regulations.

With the consent of the Council of the District of Columbia , the Mayor appoints the members of the Board to serve three year terms. The Board consists of seven members. Four members must have a valid DC professional engineer license from any discipline, two members must have a valid DC land surveyor license, and one member must be a consumer member. Excluding the consumer member, each Board member must have been actively engaged in the practice of engineering or land surveying in the District of Columbia for at least five years preceding his or her appointment. Four members of the Board constitute a quorum.

Excluding December and one other month that varies from year to year, the Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

Consumer Information

The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is established to “determine the scope of practice, the requirements which an applicant must meet for initial licensure and for renewal of the same, including any continuing education requirements, and shall determine the appropriate level of regulation. The Board is governed by the Non-Health Related Occupations and Professions Licensure Act of 1998, effective April 20, 1999 (D.C. Law 12-261; D. C. Official Code § 47-2853.01 et seq. (2001).

The Board consists of seven members who reside in the District of Columbia and appointed by the Mayor. Four members must each hold a license as a professional engineer – licensed in various disciplines and two members must be licensed land surveyors and one member of the public.

The Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Board meetings are being held virtually and are open to the public. To access information from previous meetings, please visit opendc.gov

File a Complaint or Issue
If you have an allegation of non-compliance against a professional engineer or land surveyor who is licensed  with the DC Board, please file a complaint at  licensing@dcopla.com.  
Need to find the status of a licensee? Visit our website here

Letters of Certifications
To request a letter of certification of licensure to be sent to another state, download the form from our website, complete the required information and mail to the address below with a $30 money order/cashier’s check/personal check made payable to “DC Treasurer”

ATTN: Stephanie Johnston
1100 4th Street, SW
Suite E500
Washington, DC 20024
Choosing an Engineer/Land Surveyor
The Board of Professional Engineers cannot refer or recommend a PE or LS. The public is encouraged to visit the DCPE licensee search and verify if a PE/LS holds an active license.

The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors works with other national organizations to aid exam candidates and licensees.

Professional Organizations/Resources


  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) ncees.org
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) asce.org
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) nspe.org
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)  swe.org
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) shpe.org
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) nsbe.org

Land Surveyor

  • District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors (DCALS) dcals.org
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) nsps.us.com.

License Renewal

No renewal information available at this time.

2020 Meeting Dates

  • January 23
  • February 27
  • March 2
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
    • Join By Phone
      1 (408) 418-9388
      Access code: 126 388 7155
      Time: 11 am – 1 pm
  • July 23
  • August 20 (Recess)
  • September 24
  • October 22
  • November 19
  • December (Recess)

Statement from NCEES CEO David Cox on Cybersecurity

“…NCEES was made aware that three U.S. utility companies received phishing emails claiming to be from NCEES, announcing exam results.” Click here to continue reading.

License Lookup

Need to find the status of a licensee? Click here.

License Services

To apply for a license or access the online portal, please click here.

Please contact a customer service representative at 1-866-270-9817 if you have any questions or you do not know the email address linked with your license.

Click here for a list of fees.

Related Documents:

Register for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam

The October 2019 Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) (or Professional Engineer) examination will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019 and Saturday, October 26, 2019. Note: Applicants must register on the The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website and pay for the exam booklet and grading process. Failure to register and complete payments on NCEES will prohibit approval to sit for the exam on the scheduled dates. The cost of the NCEES registration ($250 for PE exam, $400 for SE Vertical, and $400 for Lateral exam) is separate from the application fee to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

Please review this document carefully prior to submitting an application.

Board Members & Staff

Board Members

  • Samuel Wilson – Chair, Professional Engineer
  • Barry Lucas – Professional Engineer
  • Mary Jean Pajak – Professional Engineer
  • Vacant– Professional Engineer
  • Roland Carter – Consumer Member
  • Vacant – Land Surveyor
  • Vacant – Land Surveyor

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

Board Staff

  • Leon Lewis – Executive Director
  • Avis Pearson – Board Administrator
  • Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator

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