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Late Fees Raised to $75

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$200 Professional Fee

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ECHO available for online profile management and payment processing. ECHO is the new on-line license profile system. With this convenient system, you can: Instantly Change Your Contact Information Enter and Record Your CEP Hours Quickly Change Your Employment Information Pay by Credit Card When Your License is Up for Renewal



Late Fees Raised to $75

During the 79th regular legislative session, HB1817 was passed amending the Engineering Practice Act. One provision of the bill allows the Board to set the fee for late renewal payments. Pursuant to this change in the Act, the Board voted at the August 11, 2005, Regular Board Meeting to approve the following late renewal fees for Professional Engineers: $75 for late renewals up to 90 days; an additional $75 for a total of $150 for late renewals over 90 days. This fee change will be effective September 1, 2005. Professional engineers must renew their license annually if they wish to continue to practice professional engineering. Renewal notices are sent out 30-45 days prior to the license expiration dates listed below. Regardless of whether a renewal notice is received, each license holder is still responsible for license renewal. Renewal dates are staggered into quarters so that approximately one-fourth of the state's license holders will renew every three months. License Expiration Dates are: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. Late Fees are assessed by the board according to Section 1001.353 of the Texas Engineering Practice Act. Licenses that are expired for over 2 years are not eligible for renewal, and the engineer may apply for a new license if desired. The new application will be filed under the current law and rules.



Criminal History Record Check

Starting January 1, 2014, by law, all license applications and all renewals of active licenses will require a one-time criminal history record check to be done at the applicant or licensee’s expense. Senate Bill 204 passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature modified the Texas Engineering Practice Act to require this procedural change. See more information at https://engineers.texas.gov/recordcheck.html.



1001.353. Procedure for Renewal

(a) A person who is otherwise eligible to renew a license may renew an unexpired license by paying the required annual renewal fee to the Board before the expiration date of the license. A person whose license has expired may not engage in activities that require a license until the license has been renewed. (b) A person whose license has been expired for 90 days or less may renew the license by paying to the Board the required annual renewal fee, a late renewal fee and any applicable increase in fees as required by Section 1001.206. (c) A person whose license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than two years may renew the license by paying to the Board the required annual renewal fee, a late renewal fee and any applicable increase in fees as required by Section 1001.206 for each delinquent year or part of a year. (d) A person whose license has been expired for two years or more may not renew the license. The person may obtain a new license by complying with the requirements and procedures, including the examination requirements, for obtaining an original license.

Renewal Requirements - If you do not renew your license on or before the expiration date, you must cease and desist the practice of engineering and all professional engineering representations until such time as your license is brought into a current status. In accordance with the Texas Engineering Practice Act, Sections 1001.353, a person whose license has been expired for 90 days or less may renew the license by paying to the board the annual renewal fee, a late renewal fee that has been set by the Board, and any applicable increase in fees as required by Section 1001.206. The Board has set this late renewal fee at $75. A person whose license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than two years may renew the license by paying to the board the annual renewal fee, a late renewal fee that has been set by the Board, and any applicable increase in fees as required by Section 1001.206. The Board has set this late renewal fee at an additional $75, for a total of $150. If your license remains expired for two years or longer, you will not be able to renew it. You will be required to file a new application and comply with the current licensure rules. Renewal notices are mailed to the address shown on your last renewal statement. You are responsible for notifying the board of each address change as it occurs. Failure to notify the Board of your mailing address change is a violation of Board rules.

Renewal of Expired License by Out-of-State Practitioner - A person who was licensed in this state, moved to another state, and is currently licensed and has been in practice in the other state for the two years preceding the date of application may obtain a new license without reexamination. The person must pay to the board a fee that is equal to two times the normally required renewal fee for the license.

Student Loan Default is Grounds for Nonrenewal of Professional License - Effective September 1, 1989, corporations are responsible for notifying the Board of any PE who has defaulted on student loans guaranteed by the corporation. A licensing agency shall not renew the license of a licensee whose name is on the list provided by the corporation unless the renewal is the first renewal following the agency's receipt of the list including the licensee's name among those in default or prior arrangements have been made with the corporation. A written notice issued by the loan corporation is required in order to reinstate licensure.

Notification Requirements - Due to Changes §137.5
Notification of Address Change, Employer Change, and Criminal Convictions (a) Each license holder shall notify the Board in writing not later than 30 days after of a change in the person;s personal mailing address or employment status. (b) A notice informing the Board of a change in employment status shall include, as applicable, the: (1) full legal trade or business name of the association or employment, (2) physical location and mailing address of the business, (3) telephone number of the business office, (4) type of business (corporation, assumed name, partnership, or self-employment through use of own name), (5) legal relationship and position of responsibility within the business, (6) effective date of this change; and (7) reason for this notification (changed employment or retired; firm went out of business or changed its name or location, etc.). (c) Each license holder shall notify the Board in writing not later than 30 days after a misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction.



$200 Professional Fee Section 1001.206

Fee Increase (a) The fee for a license under this chapter, for the annual renewal of that license, and for a reciprocal license under this chapter is increased by $200. (b) Of each fee increase collected, $50 shall be deposited in the foundation school fund and $150 shall be deposited in the general revenue fund. (c) The fee increase imposed by Subsection (a) does not apply to an engineer who: (1) meets the qualifications for an exemption under Section 1001.057 or 1001.058 but does not claim that exemption; (2) is disabled as described by Section 1001.205;or (3) is on inactive status as provided by Section 1001.355.

Exemptions from $200 Professional Fee
Professional Fee Exemptions - Section 1001.206 - In order to receive an exemption from the $200 Professional Fee, you must qualify for one of the following exemptions. If you qualified for an exemption previously, you may be pre-qualified. Read descriptions below for more information.

Inactive Status Exemption - An engineer may request inactive status at any time before the expiration date of the license. Additional paperwork is required. If a license is in a delinquent status, all previous fees and penalties must be paid and CEP requirements completed before a P.E. can enter into an inactive status. A P.E. on inactive status may not practice engineering, nor use his/her seal, except to act as a reference for a license applicant. An inactive P.E. may use any term allowed for an active license holder followed by the term “Inactive” on business cards, stationery and correspondence. An inactive P.E. must pay an annual fee set by the board. However, the inactive P.E. is exempt from paying the $200 professional fee. An inactive P.E. is not required to comply with the continuing education requirements or submit fingerprints for the criminal history record check requirement.

To return to active status, the P.E. must submit Board provided forms requesting reinstatement to active status, pay the fee for annual renewal and the fee increase required; comply with the continuing education program requirements for inactive license holders returning to practice and submit fingerprints for the criminal history record check (if not previously submitted). Violation of the inactive status is subject to disciplinary action by the board.

Disabled - Individuals who are disabled and not currently engaged in the practice of engineering due to that disability qualify for a disability exemption and pay a reduced renewal fee of $35. They are also exempt from the continuing education requirement. If a disabled individual resumes active practice, they must notify the Board within 15 days. To apply for disability please contact the Board. Medical documentation will be required.

Over 65 - Individuals who are at least 65 years or older at the time of renewal pay a reduced renewal fee of $35. They are exempt from the $200 fee whether actively working or not. Continuing education hours must still be earned. If a professional engineer is not practicing engineering and wishes to be exempt from the continuing education requirement, he/she should apply for inactive status.

Industry Exemption - An exemption under this subchapter applies only to a person who meets the qualifications of sections 1001.057 or 1001.058 and does not offer to the public to perform engineering services. This is verified by employment information and must be submitted in writing.

Section 1001.057 - Employee of Private Corporation or Business Entity

Section 1001.057 outlines the exemption for an Employee of a Private Corporation or Business Entity, and 1001.058 outlines the exemption for an Employee of Certain Utilities or Affiliates. Pre-Qualified ; If you are not over 65, inactive or disabled and your PE Renewal statement invoice is for only $35, you have been pre-qualified for the $200 Professional Exemption based on the following two assumptions; you were previously approved for this exemption when your last renewal was processed; and neither your employer nor your employment status has changed since your last renewal. If either of these situations is not true, you must either submit the entire $235 due to the Board and indicate changes to your status on your renewal statement or reapply for exemption.



Section 1001.057 - Employee of Private Corporation or Business Entity (a) This chapter shall not be construed to apply to the activities of a private corporation or other business entity, or the activities of the full-time employees or other personnel under the direct supervision and control of the business entity, on or in connection with: (1) reasonable modifications to existing buildings, facilities, or other fixtures to real property not accessible to the general public and which are owned, leased, or otherwise occupied by the entity; or (2) activities related only to the research, development, design, fabrication, production, assembly, integration, or service of products manufactured by the entity. (b) A person who claims an exemption under this section and who is determined to have directly or indirectly represented the person as legally qualified to engage in the practice of engineering or who is determined to have violated Section 1001.301 may not claim an exemption until the 10th anniversary of the date the person made that representation. (c) This exemption does not prohibit: (1) a licensed professional engineer who intends to incorporate manufactured products into a fixed work, system, or facility that is being designed by the licensee on public property or the property of others from requiring the manufacturer to have plans or specifications signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer; or (2) the board from requiring, by rule, that certain manufactured products delivered to or used by the public must be designed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer, if necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. (d) For purposes of this section, "products manufactured by the entity" also includes computer software, firmware, hardware, semiconductor devices, and the production, exploration, and transportation of oil and gas and related products.

Section 1001.058 - Employee of Certain Utilities or Affiliates (a) A regular full-time employee of a privately owned public utility or cooperative utility or of the utility's affiliate is exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter if the employee: (1) performs services exclusively for the utility or affiliate; and (2) does not have the final authority to approve, or the ultimate responsibility for, engineering designs, plans, or specifications that are to be: (A) incorporated into fixed works, systems, or facilities on the property of others; or (B) made available to the public. (b) A person who claims an exemption under this section and who is determined to have directly or indirectly represented the person as legally qualified to engage in the practice of engineering or who is determined to have violated Section 1001.301 may not claim an exemption until the 10th anniversary of the date the person made that representation.

Section 1001.205 - Reduced Fees: Elderly, Disabled, Inactive Status (a) For purposes of this section, a person is disabled if the person has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the ability of the person to earn a living as an engineer, other than an impairment caused by a current addiction to the use of alcohol or an illegal drug or controlled substance. (b) The board by rule may adopt reduced license fees and annual renewal fees for engineers who are: (1) at least 65 years of age; or (2) disabled and not actively engaged in the practice of engineering. (c) A person entitled to reduced fees under Subsection (b)(2) shall notify the board that the person has resumed the active practice of engineering not later than the 15th day after the date the person resumes active practice. Questions regarding P.E. license renewals in Texas may be e-mailed to: info@engineers.texas.gov or you may call the Board at (512) 440-7723.



Continuing Education

Continuing Education Program (CEP) - Section 1001.210 and 137.17 - CEP hours are now required for renewals. You must certify that you have met the CEP requirements for renewal or that you are exempt due to one of the indicated reasons. Do not submit your CEP documentation at this time. If your license is audited, you will need to provide the supporting documentation to the Board. You will need to maintain your CEP documentation for 3 years. CEP Exemptions - Section 137.17 Inactive Status Exemption - An engineer may request inactive status at any time before the expiration date of the person's license. A license holder in inactive status is exempt from the continuing education requirement. An application for inactive status is required. The form is available on our website. Disabled - Individuals who are disabled qualify for a disability exemption and are exempt from the continuing education requirement. A physicians statement is required. Military - A license holder serving on active duty and deployed outside the United States is exempt from the continuing education requirement. Exam First Renewal - New license holders by way of examination are exempt from the continuing education requirement during their first renewal period. Continuing Education was required for renewal beginning in calendar year 2005. Please visit our Continuing Education Page for the latest information on the Continuing Education Program.


Inactive Status

(a) An engineer may request inactive status at any time before the expiration date of the person's license. A license holder on inactive status may not practice engineering. (b) A license holder on inactive status must pay an annual fee set by the board. (c) A license holder on inactive status is not required to: (1) comply with the continuing education requirements adopted by the board; or (2) take an examination for reinstatement to active status. (d) To return to active status, a license holder on inactive status must: - (1) file with the board a written notice requesting reinstatement to active status; (2) pay the fee for the annual renewal of the license and the fee increase required by Section 1001.206; and (3) provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the person has complied with the continuing education requirements adopted by the board. Please visit the Inactive Status Page for the latest information and links to the forms necessary.

Note: To return to active status, the P.E. must submit Board provided forms requesting reinstatement to active status, pay the fee for annual renewal and the fee increase required; comply with the continuing education program requirements for inactive license holders returning to practice and submit fingerprints for the criminal history record check (if not previously submitted). Violation of the inactive status is subject to disciplinary action by the board.

 

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