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Companies | Certificates of Authorization

Pursuant to Ohio R.C. section 4733.16, it is unlawful for any company not duly registered with this Board to practice, offer to practice, or hold out to the public as qualified to practice professional engineering and surveying in Ohio. You must notify the Board in writing if your company no longer offers professional engineering or surveying services in Ohio and does not wish to renew a Certificate of Authorization.

Fiscal Year 2014 Late Renewals

Go to the Board’s list of Delinquent Companies 

Company Certificates of Authorization cannot be renewed online. Certificates of Authorization to provide engineering and surveying services in the state of Ohio expire each year on June 30. The Board mails company Certificate of Authorization annual renewal reminders each May. Filing instructions are included with the downloaded application packet and will be available later in May for the 2015 renewal cycle.

Email the Board at pes.board@pes.ohio.gov in order to request that a 2014 Certificate of Authorization Late Renewal Application be emailed to you.

Download additional Company Affidavit of Responsibility 1-PAGE PDF
Includes PES 3012

The 2014 company late renewal fee is $37.50.

Please note that all renewal forms require your company’s 5-digit Certificate of Authorization license number which you can find near the upper center of your renewal reminder, on your current license, or on our License Lookup page.

Certificate of Authorization Application

Any company providing, or offering to provide, engineering or surveying services in the state of Ohio needs a Certificate of Authorization from the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. You can find the legal requirements in Ohio R.C. section 4733.16 and Ohio A.C. section 4733-39.

Go to the Board’s Company Certificate of Authorization | FAQ page 

IMPORTANT! All new Certificates of Authorization need to be approved by the Board at a regularly scheduled board meeting. In addition, currently-licensed companies which are filing for a name change or requesting to provide an additional service also need to be approved by the Board at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Completed Certificate of Authorization applications with fee must be received no later than a minimum of 7 days before a regularly scheduled board meeting in order to be considered for approval at that meeting.

Go to Calendar | Meetings | Events page

The Certificate of Authorization application requires that names and addresses of all owners of the company be included with the application — a list of officers will not suffice. If an owner is an officer, please state that. In addition, if the company is owned by another corporation, you must list the ownership of that company. For example: “ABC LCC is owned by ABC, Inc. which is a publicly traded company,” or list the owners of said company.

If the company is employee-owned, you must state that and include the names and addresses of the individual owners. If the ownership information is not included, the application will be returned as incomplete.

New, Name Change, Adding DBA, or Additional Service Application

Download Certificate of Authorization Application packet 6-PAGE PDF 
Download additional Company Affidavit of Responsibility 1-PAGE PDF 

The New, Name Change, Adding DBA, or Additional Service filing fee is $50.00.

Filing instructions are included with the downloaded application packet.

Please note that all applications, except New, require your company’s 5-digit Certificate of Authorization license number which you can find on your current license, or on our License Lookup page.

Companies | Ohio Secretary of State Information

Ohio Secretary of State Charter or Registration Number Required

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4733 requires that your company must have an active Ohio Secretary of State charter or registration number in order to complete a Certificate of Authorization. You can search Ohio’s Secretary of State website to find your firm's charter or registration number (Entity Number on SOS look up results).

From the Ohio Secretary of State Website

“Anyone who is planning to do business within the state of Ohio, using a name other than their own personal name, must register with our office… This applies to companies in Ohio and companies in other states or countries wishing to do business in the state of Ohio. Companies outside the state of Ohio often have to include a Certificate of Good Standing from their home state’s Secretary of State or registering authority to accompany their filing.”