Florida has over 5,600 Certificate of Authorization (CA) holders providing engineering services in the state. To offer engineering services in Florida under the name of an association, fictitious name, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company, the business entity must hold a Certificate of Authorization pursuant to Section 471.023, F.S.
If your company or organization wants to offer engineering services in Florida, you will have to submit an application to the Board. The initial CA application, along with applications to change the company/organization’s name or the qualifying engineer on record, can be found below.
If you have questions about the application process or legal requirement, please contact the Board office at (850) 521-0500.
HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION
Complete the Application for Certificate of Authorization.
Corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other forms of business organizations must provide proof of existence and proper registration status with the Florida Department of State. Visit sunbiz.org or forms and instructions.
If you are operating as an individual, under a fictitious name, provide proof of having registered with the Florida Department of State. Visit sunbiz.org for forms and instructions.
If you are operating as a company and as a d/b/a (fictitious name), provide proof of having registered both the company and the d/b/a (fictitious name) with the Florida Department of State. Visit sunbiz.org for forms and instructions.
Choose a Principal Officer.
If you are a business entity, the Principal Officer must be an officer (such as president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer), director, manager, or managing member of the company and must hold an active State of Florida Professional Engineer License. If the Principal Officer is not named as the officer, director, manager, or managing member, then the Application for Certificate of Authorization must be accompanied by documentation from the entity’s charter or bylaws that provides the title of the officer and that the PE named as such officer is empowered to bind the corporation in all of its activities, which fall within the definition of the practice of engineering.