REQUIREMENT FOR REPORTING CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

As provided in Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes, Grounds for Discipline; Penalties; Enforcement, all FBPE licensees are required to report in writing to the Board within 30 days after the licensee is convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction.  Failure to timely report will result in disciplinary action being taken against the licensee.

To report this information to the Board you can send an email to Wendy Anderson, FBPE/FEMC Investigator at wanderson@fbpe.org.  You must include your name, license number, the date of the conviction, what you were convicted of or the charge to which you pled guilty along with any sentencing information (if that is available upon reporting.)  You may also send this information via U.S. Mail to to the Board office at:

Florida Board of Professional Engineers
ATTN: FBPE/FEMC Investigator
2639 North Monroe Street, Suite B-112
Tallahassee, Fl 32303-5268

If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone in our Legal Department call (850) 521-0500, ext. 119.

You can read the above mentioned statute in its entirety at www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes or to view all the laws and rules as it relates to the practice of engineering, refer to the Statutes and Rules located on this page.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED UNLICENSED ACTIVITY?

Practicing engineering or offering engineering services without a license is a violation of  Florida Statute 471.003 and 471.031(1)(a), and is a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of the general public and to the profession itself.   Typically, FBPE receives cases involving firms practicing without a Certificate of Authorization, individuals utilizing the protected title of Professional Engineer (PE) or any variation thereof, and individuals practicing without a PE license.  In most of these cases, the violations occur due to a lack of knowledge of the laws and rules associated with the practice of engineering by offenders, as well as the public.

Examples of Unlicensed Activity Include:

  • Firm practicing or offering to practice engineering without a Certificate of Authorization;
  • Practicing engineering without a license;
  • Using a name or title tending to indicate that a person holds an active license as engineer.  Examples include:  “Professional Engineer,” “Agricultural Engineer,” “Air-Conditioning Engineer,” “Architectural Engineer,” “Civil Engineer,” etc.;
  • Presenting as his or her own the license of another; and
  • Practicing on a revoked, suspended, inactive or delinquent license.

The actions taken by the Board related to unlicensed activity violations are a Notice to Cease & Desist, a Citation (which is a fine), an Administrative Complaint which can come with a recommended penalty of up to $5,000, injunctive proceedings if the action continues and criminal prosecutions.

You can check the status or verify a license for an engineer or company, by going to myfloridalicense.com.

To file a complaint involving either licensed OR unlicensed activity, download a copy of the Uniform Complaint Form located on the Complaints page under the Legal section of our website or request a form from the Board’s office.

If you want to talk to someone about a potential violation, please call the Board office at (850) 521-0500 and ask to speak to an investigator.

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