2020 UPDATE: How to Renew Your Professional Engineer License



The deadline to renew your New Jersey Professional Engineer (PE) license is approaching! Due to COVID-19, the deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020. The procedure this year is a little different from years past, so renew your license by following the steps below. Maintaining your PE status means you have opportunities to advance professionally and personally. Through free web seminars, continuing education courses, and a large community of engineers, you can continually improve upon your skills and build your personal network. Don’t let these opportunities slip by!

To renew your license, carefully follow these steps:

1. Renewal applications were mailed out mid-February

Renewal applications are NOT available online. Make sure you’ve received your application in the mail! If not, please contact the New Jersey state board here.

2. The renewal fee is $80

Your renewal fee must be paid when you send in your application. 

3. The renewal grace period is July 1 – July 31, 2020

If you submit your application in the grace period, you will be required to pay a late fee of $50, bringing the total cost to renew to $130.

4. You must complete all requirements to renew your license

To be eligible to renew your PE license, you must complete a minimum of 24 professional development hours. Of those hours, you must have a minimum of two hours or a maximum of eight hours completed in ethics. You can complete as many credits as you want online and some excess professional development hours may carry over to the following renewal period. For complete details on meeting the minimum requirements, click here.

5. New Jersey allows extra PDHs to be carried over to the next renewal period

If you’ve completed more than 24 PDHs in the last two years, you’re eligible to roll over up to 12 PDHs to the next renewal period! You can be proactive and continue to go to continuing education events and purchase courses to get ahead in the next renewal period. See upcoming CE events and PDH opportunities here

Additionally, if you’re not sure if your license needs to be renewed, you can check the renewal status by logging into the NSPE website. Click on the “My Account” link located at the top right of the webpage. 

The deadline to renew NJ PE licenses is June 30, 2020. Once you have renewed your New Jersey engineering society license, it’s important to maintain it by meeting your requirements. In the State of New Jersey, professional engineers are required to complete 24 professional development hours (PDH). At least two must be in professional practice ethics. For continuing education, there are many options for meeting your requirements. Options include, but are not limited to: web seminars, independent studies, and conferences and events. For more information on PDH opportunities, check out our blog.  

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