While engineers may be needed in the wake of a hurricane or tropical storm, the Florida Board of Professional Engineers is not able to relax its requirements or waive statutory requirements for licensure.
Section 471.021, Florida Statutes, allows for the issuance of a temporary registration to a Professional Engineer licensed in another state to practice engineering in Florida. Please be aware that this registration is good for only one project for a period not to exceed one year. Applications for temporary registration in Florida can be found under Professional Engineers in the Licensure section of our website.
An applicant must go through the exact same process for a temporary registration as for a permanent license. The only differences in the temporary registration and permanent licensure are the limited time and scope of the temporary registration.
We encourage professional engineers to apply for licensure in an effort to assist in disaster recovery in Florida. To expedite the application process, we recommend that those who do not already have NCEES records, begin the process to establish records. Go to ncees.org/records/. There is no charge to set up a record. The only fee involved is when the record is transmitted to a licensing jurisdiction.
While there is a real need for professional engineers following a disaster, engineers coming into the state to provide engineering services must be licensed in Florida.