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Certificate of Authorization Licensure Overview


NOTE: Offering to perform, contracting for or initiating engineering and or surveying services prior to the applicant or his firm becoming licensed may be a violation of the Board's Laws and Rules.  If a violation occurs it could subject the firm to disciplinary action (Article 21 of the Board's Rules ).

How to Begin and apply -  The instructions below pertain to those who wish to obtain a NEW COA License. 


Fees - All fees shall be non-refundable unless waived by Board action and must be received before the application will be reviewed.  

Application - $150 (new license) 

Reinstatement - $300 ($100 reinstate, $200 Dues/late penalties) A license not-renewed more than 2 years.

Amendment - NO FEE.  An exisiting COA that wishes to change its firm name or the PE/PS licensee designated as being in responsible charge of engineering and or surveying.  These are required to be filed within 30 days after the effective date of the change.  

Payment - how you pay is based upon how you applied:

  • Online: credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or e-check.
  • Paper: check (personal, company or bank) or money order payable to PELS Board.

Application Status - Your application will be marked as "Incomplete" until the submitted information has been verified.  Upon successful verification, the application will be reviewed and you'll receive an email regarding the decision to:

  • Approve - for license;
  • Reject

Arkansas State Board of Licensure for
Professional Engineers and
Professional Surveyors

623 Woodlane Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501 682-2824
Fax: 501 682-2827
Email: pelsboard@arkansas.gov
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