Ohio Certificates of Authorization Expire June 30


If you provide engineering and/or surveying services in Ohio, the current Certificates of Authorization expire on June 30, 2014 — Ohio law has changed and the renewal process is now biennial. Mark your calendar — Registration Deadline is Monday, June 30, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. and Certificates of Authorization cannot be renewed online or by telephone.

Each renewal application must include:

  • Notarized Firm Certificate of Authorization 2015-2016 Biennial Renewal: PES 3011-R (Rev. 05/2014).
  • Separate notarized Firm Affidavit of Responsibility for each professional engineer and professional surveyor designated in responsible charge: PES 3012 (Rev. 05/2014). The full-time employee must be a partner, manager, member, officer or director and shall be registered in this state. The full-time employee, as contemplated by Ohio Revised Code § 4733.16, means working more than 30 hours per week or working substantially all the engineering and/or surveying hours for a firm that holds a Certificate of Authorization.
  • An active Ohio Secretary of State charter or registration number authorizing the firm to do business in the state of Ohio. In addition, if a firm is using a doing business as (DBA) name, an active Ohio Secretary of State charter or registration number authorizing the firm’s DBA name to do business in the state of Ohio is needed.
  • Appropriate application fee, using check or money order, and made payable in U.S. funds to Treasurer, State of Ohio. If submitted before June 30, 2014: Biennial renewal fee is 50.00, and if submitted after June 30, 2014: Late biennial renewal fee is $75.00.

All fields in the renewal forms are required unless otherwise indicated. Applications without the correct fee or with incomplete information will be returned. Companies that do not wish to renew their Certificate of Authorization must notify the Board in writing within 30 days. The Board warns that a Certificate of Authorization is not the same as an individual license to practice professional engineering and/or professional surveying in Ohio.

Additional Resource: Ohio’s State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, Firm Certificate of Authorization 2015-2016 Biennial Renewal Instructions; Important Information for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors Working in Oil and Gas Extraction in Ohio