Engineers licensed to practice Professional Engineering (PE) in Puerto Rico (PR) should know there is reciprocity between PR, Florida (FL), and many other states in the USA. Those engineers from the island, whom have applied for licensure in FL, have not had any problems- as long as they have graduated from a university deemed “accredited” by the Florida Board of Professional Engineer (FBPE). The process of obtaining the required documents from PR may take several months. We advise, you start the process 1 year in advance- unless you plan to do it in person.
You should verify that you meet the requirements of Florida Administrative Code 61G15-20.0015 before you apply for Licensure by Endorsement. This may be found at the FBPE portal.
The FBPE will need information about the university the candidate attended plus a copy of the candidate’s Professional Engineering record kept by the Puerto Rico Examining Board. The FBPE will request confirmation of this information in writing from the Puerto Rico Examining Board and will request a copy of the college transcript from the university. It takes a long time to get the information from the Puerto Rico Examining Board.
The required forms are available at the FBPE portal at www.fbpe.org.
The process is as follows:
ATTENTION: ENDORSEMENT DESK
FLORIDA BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
2639 N. MONROE STREET, SUITE B-112
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32303
Tel. (850) 521-0500
Fax. (850) 521-0521
Once you obtain your license, you must continue to meet the requirements to keep you license active in FL and renew it every very two years. Our Chapter in Florida offers the continuing education training necessary to keep your license active.
Eight (8) Professional Development Hours of board-approved continuing education are required. Four (4) hours must be Laws & Rules of Chapter 471 and Florida Administrative Code 61G15, and four (4) hours of Areas of Practice.