Welcome to the LAPELS Online License and Certification Renewal Site!
We are currently renewing Firms, Individual Professional Licenses and Intern Certifications with licenses scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.
It is the policy of the Board that the responsibility of knowing the expiration date of a license or certificate lies with the registrant, regardless of whether or not the registrant receives a renewal notification.
Any licensed engineering or land surveying firm who fails to complete the renewal process timely or who selects any status other than “Active” will be prohibited from offering or providing professional services in Louisiana.
Any individual licensee who fails to timely complete the renewal process or who selects any status other than “Active” will be prohibited from representing himself/herself to the public in Louisiana as a Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor, or from being designated as a supervising professional for any professional engineering/professional land surveying firm in Louisiana.
**If your license/certificate is Expired, you must complete an “Application to Reinstate”. You may not submit a renewal invoice for an expired license/certificate.
License/Certificate options for renewal:
OPTION #1: ONLINE
Before renewing online, ensure you are using a compatible browser. There have been no reported issues with Internet Explorer versions 9 or 10, Google Chrome, or Safari for Windows. If you use Internet Explorer 11, you will need to set the browser to compatibility view before starting the renewal process.
You can download and install Safari for Windows or Google Chrome from here:
What version of Internet Explorer (IE) do I have?
How do I set Internet Explorer 11 to compatibility view?
- Open your IE browser, then move your cursor to the "Help" menu at the top left of the browser page
- Left-click on "Help" to view options,
- Left-click on "About Internet Explorer". The version of IE will be visible.
To pay with a credit card begin your online renewal here:
- Click HERE to go to the LAPELS Renewals Website.
- Look for the Tools menu in the upper left of your browser. If you don't see the Tools menu, press alt then T on your keyboard.
- About halfway down the Tools options, look for and click on Compatibility View Settings.
- After clicking Compatibility View Settings, a pop-up box will appear.You should see "Lapels.com" in the Add this website box. Click on Add, then Close at the bottom right of the box.
- Page will automatically refresh and you are now ready to start the renewal process.
* Individuals currently being audited may not renew online at this time, please see Option #2
* Firms and CPD Sponsor/Providers may not renew online at this time, please see Option #2
* Individuals who wish to renew as or obtain Retired or Retired Waiver Granted status may not renew online at this time, please see Option #2
OPTION #2: INVOICE
To pay by check (foreign checks not accepted) or money order, submit the appropriate renewal invoice found below:
Renewal invoices MUST be typed. LAPELS does not accept handwritten documents.
The renewal must be completed prior to the renewal deadline of September 30, 2013. Renewals received after this date will be assessed a late fee of 50% of the normal renewal fee (except for interns). Below is a renewal fee chart:
FAQs & Rules
(if received on or before
March 31, 2014)
(if received after
March 31, 2014)
|PE - Active
|PLS - Active
|PE - Inactive
|PLS - Inactive
|PE - Retired
|PLS - Retired
|PE - Expired
|PLS - Expired
|EF - Engineering Firm
|VF - Land Surveying Firm
|EI - Intern
|LSI - Intern
to view the FAQs relative to online license and certification renewals.
to view our Board’s Laws and Rules:
Expiration and Renewal: Rule §2101
CPD Requirements: Rule §3105
CPD Units: Rule §3113
CPD Record Keeping: Rule §3115
CPD Audit and Review of Records: Rule §3117
License Status Definitions
- Individuals – Click here to search your License/Certificate and to view your status and expiration date.
- Firms – Click here to search your License and to view your status and expiration date.
- CPD Sponsor/Providers – Click here to see if you are currently listed on our Board Approved Provider List.
Your ability to provide and/or offer to provide professional services in Louisiana and the amount of biennial licensure renewal fees depends on the status of your license.
Can my renewal invoice be handwritten?
||Individual has complied with all the licensure and licensure renewal requirements (including CPD) of the Board and may offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana.
||Individual has chosen not to offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana and has indicated that fact on his/her licensure renewal. Individual can represent himself/herself to the public as a P.E. Inactive, or a P.L.S. Inactive, but cannot otherwise offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana. CPD requirements do not apply.
||Individual has chosen not to offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana and has indicated that fact on his/her licensure renewal. Individual must be at least 70 years of age or have been a licensee of the Board for at least 35 years. Unless individual is granted a waiver by the Board, the renewal fee is one-half of the current renewal fee for the active status. Individual can represent himself/herself to the public as a P.E. Retired, or a P.L.S. Retired, but cannot otherwise offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana. CPD requirements do not apply.
|*Retired Waiver Granted
||Individual is qualified for the retired status and has been granted a waiver of the renewal fee by the Board. An individual qualified for the retired status may be granted a waiver of the renewal fee if all criteria below are met:
Individual can represent himself/herself to the public as a P.E. Retired, or a P.L.S. Retired, but cannot otherwise offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana. CPD requirements do not apply.
- individual is at least 70 years of age;
- individual has been a licensee of the Board for at least 35 years continuously;
- individual has never been subject to disciplinary action in any jurisdiction;
- individual has never committed any of the offenses described in La. R.S. 37:698(A)(3), (4) or (5); and
- individual is of good character and reputation.
||Individual has failed to properly renew licensure with the Board and may no longer offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana. To reinstate his/her license, the individual must submit to the Board an Application to Reinstate Expired Professional License.
No. All forms submitted to the Board must be typed. Only the signature may be handwritten.
Will you waive my late fee?
Late fees are seldom waived. However, if you feel that your late fee should be waived, you must submit a written request to the Board. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the Board’s decision.
My license/certificate has expired. Can I pay my past renewal to return to “Active” status?
No. You must complete an application to reinstate your expired license/certificate. The application may be found here
Can I be exempt from Professional Development Hours (PDHs)?
Maybe. See Rule §3109
for acceptable exemptions.
This is my first renewal. Do I need to meet the CPD Requirements?
No. New licensees shall be exempt at their first renewal. Compliance with the CPD requirements must be certified upon the licensee's second renewal and thereafter. See Rule Rule §3109
for acceptable exemptions.
How do I renew my license online if I am a new licensee and exempt from PDHs?
You will need to choose “New Licensee” for your status in order for the CPD section of the renewal to be bypassed.
If my license status is “Inactive”, can I change it back to "Active”?
Yes. However, you must first submit a letter requesting the status change and your completed PDH Activity Log and supporting documents to show proof that you have met the Board’s requirements for CPD during the previous 24 months. Click here
for more information on CPD requirements and the PDH Activity Log.
What are the requirements for “Retired” status?
You must be at least 70 years of age or have been licensee of the Board for at least 35 years. (See above for license status definitions)
If my license is in "Retired" status, do I have to pay a renewal fee?
Maybe. You are required to pay a renewal fee unless you meet the requirements of the “Retired Waiver Granted” status and are granted a waiver by the Board. (See above for a listing of renewal fees and license status definitions).
Do I have to renew my license every two years if I receive the “Retired Waiver Granted” status?
Yes. You must fill out a renewal invoice every two years when your license is due in order to maintain your “Retired Waiver Granted” status; otherwise, your license will expire.
Do I have to fill out a renewal invoice if I am letting my license/certificate expire?
It is not mandatory that you fill out a renewal invoice, however, you are encouraged to submit to LAPELS some form of proper notification so that we can maintain accurate information in our database.
How does “Inactive” status differ from “Expired” status?
See Rule §2103.
“Inactive” status exists for licensees who have chosen not to offer and/or provide professional services in Louisiana and have indicated as such on their renewal invoice.
“Expired” status exists for licensees and interns who have failed to properly renew licensure/certification. Licensees in “Expired” status are prohibited from practicing or offering and/or providing professional services in Louisiana.
Can I pay my renewal fee over the phone?
No. You must either renew and pay online with a credit card or mail your renewal invoice to the Board with a check or money order.
I missed the renewal deadline. Can I pay online?
Yes. However, if you let your license/certificate lapse to "Expired" status, you must submit an application to renew your expired license/certificate.
What is the difference between EF and VF for my firm’s license number(s)?
EF = Engineering Firm
VF = Land Surveying Firm
Why did my firm receive two renewal notices?
If your firm possesses licenses to practice both engineering and land surveying, a renewal notification letter for each credential type will be mailed to the firm. One for the engineering firm (EF) license and one for the land surveying firm (VF) license.
I did not receive my renewal invoice. Do I have to pay the late fee?
Yes. It is the responsibility of the registrant to know when his/her Louisiana license/certificate expires and to renew on time regardless of whether or not he has received the renewal notification letter(s).