What are the functions of the Board of Professional Geologists?

The Board of Professional Geologists regulates Professional Geologists in the State of Florida.

What are the statutes and rules that govern the Board of Professional Geologists?

Chapter 492 of the Florida Statutes and Rule 61G16 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Where can I obtain the laws and rules of the Board?

The laws and rules may be obtained on the Board’s website, Statutes and Rules.

When and where is the next board meeting?

The dates and locations are available on the main page, Board Meeting Information.

Where can I obtain a copy of the board meeting agenda or past minutes?

Agendas and minutes are available on the main page, Board Meeting Information.

How do I qualify a Geology Business?

A Florida Registered Geologist can qualify a Geology business if he/she is an officer or partner in the business. The licensee should submit the application to qualify a Business (Form PG 4702), the form can be found under the Manage My License tab on the Board web page.

Can our business operate without a qualifier?

A business should not offer geological services without a qualifier who is a Florida licensed Geologist. The qualifier must be an employee or officer of the business.

Can I qualify more than 1 business?

Yes, a licensee may qualify more than one geology business. The licensee should submit the application to qualify a Business (Form PG 4702), the form can be found under the Manage My License tab on the Board web page.

What is the "Geology Business Information" showing for my business?

Effective July 1, 2020 Certificates of Authorization were eliminated. Businesses that are qualified by a licensed Florida Geologist are listed online as “Geology Business Information”. The qualifier’s license is linked under “View Related License Information”.

How can I tell if I am properly linked as the qualifier for my business?

If you search for your name or license number using the online Verify a License tool the business information will be linked under “View Related License Information” link at the bottom of the page.

How can I show my business is qualified?

The license for a Professional Geologist, who is the qualifier for a business, will now print with the name of the business below the licensee’s name. A licensee can reprint their license at any time from their online account. If a licensee qualifies more than 1 business all the business names will be listed on the license below the licensee’s name.

Who is required to apply for a Geology business registration?

A Professional Geologist will qualify their business organization with their individual license and, as such; will be accountable for the actions of the business organizations they qualify.

What information is required for a geology business registration?

The application must be completed and submitted supporting documents which include: proof of a current registration with the Secretary of State as a foreign or domestic corporation (certificate of status) and a copy of your partnership agreement if your business is a partnership. The name, license number, address and social security number of each professional geologist licensed in Florida that will be in responsible charge must also be included.

The geologist of record has changed for my geology business. What do I do?

Please complete the PG4704 form and submit it to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Central Intake Unit, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783.  The form is on the main page, Manage My License.

What are the requirements to take the professional geologist examination in the State of Florida?

You must fulfill the following educational requirements at a college or university where the geological curricula meet the criteria established by an accrediting agency which is recognized by the United States Department of Education:

  • Graduation from such college or university with a major in geology or other related science acceptable to the board and satisfactory completion of at least 30 semesters or 45 quarter hours of geological courses.

You must also meet the following experience requirements:

  • Five years of professional geological work experience, which shall include a minimum of three years of professional geological work under the supervision of a licensed or qualified geologist or professional engineer registered under Chapter 471, Florida Statutes, as qualified in the field or discipline of professional engineering involved; or
  • A minimum of five years work experience as demonstrated by his or her having performed the work in a responsible position as determined by the board.
What information is needed to apply for the professional geologist examination?

You must submit a completed application and submit the appropriate fees to the department. The application is on the main page, Apply For A License.

What methods of licensure are offered for professional geologists?

Florida offers licensure by examination, endorsement and a provisional license. In addition, Florida offers a Geologist-in-Training Registration. Florida does not offer licensure through reciprocity.

Licensure by endorsement with 10 years of experience: Applicants who have held a license for at least 10 years in another state(s) or territory and have taken an exam equivalent to the exam required by the Board. However, such applicants must apply while they hold a valid license in another state(s) or within 2 years after the expiration of such license.

What information is needed to apply for the Geologist-in-Training Registration?

You must submit a completed application and submit the appropriate fees to the department. Additionally, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must not have committed an act or offense in any jurisdiction which constitutes grounds for disciplining a professional geologist licensed under
  • The applicant must not have committed an act or offense in any jurisdiction which constitutes grounds for disciplining a professional geologist licensed under Chapter 492, Florida Statutes; and
  • The applicant has successfully completed at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of geological coursework at a college or university, the geological curricula of which meet the criteria established by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and, if still enrolled, has provided a letter of good academic standing from the college or university.
  • The applicant has passed the fundamentals of geology portion of the licensure examination.

The application is on the main page, Apply For A License.

Do all applications for professional geologist licensure by examination, endorsement or provisional have to be approved by the board?

Yes. The board reviews all applications for examination, endorsement, provisional, and geologist-in-training.

When will I know if I am approved to take the examination?

Once the department receives the application, an initial review is conducted. If your application is missing supporting documentation, the department will notify you by mail. Once the application is complete, it will be forwarded to the board for review. The board will either approve or deny the application. You will be notified via mail of the date and time your application will be reviewed by the board, and you are encouraged to attend. If your application is approved, approximately six weeks prior to the examination date, you will receive an admissions card confirming the date, time and location. Examination dates are subject to change; please check your card for the actual date and time.

If the board denies your application, a notice of intent to deny will be mailed to you by certified mail. You will have 21 days to respond to the notice.

What examination is given?

Florida is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) and uses their exam. The ASBOG examination consists of two parts: Fundamentals of Geology and the Practice of Geology.

Does the board provide study guides for the examination? Do you recommend prep courses for the examination?

Information regarding the ASBOG examination is available online at www.asbog.org. No study guides or prep courses are offered by the board or department.

When is the next professional geologist examination? What are the deadlines?

Examinations are scheduled twice a year, in the spring and the fall. The application deadline is 90 days prior to the examination. Information regarding dates and locations of the examinations is available on the main page, Apply For A License, Examination Information.

What happens after I pass the examination?

Following the receipt of your passing scores, a letter will be mailed providing your new license number. The official license will be mailed within six weeks. For geologist-in-training applicants, once the Department is notified that you have passed the fundamentals portion of the exam, you will be mailed a letter with your geologist-in-training registration number.

What happens if I fail the examination?

A re-examination application for the failed part(s) of the examination and letter with instructions will be mailed to you with your scores. Complete the re-examination application and submit it along with the fees by the deadline provided.

If you fail only one portion of the examination, you are only required to retake the portion that you failed.

What happens if I am scheduled for the examination and I am unable to attend?

If you inform the Department prior to receiving your admission card, you will be rescheduled at no cost. If you have already received your admission card, you will be required to submit a re-examination application. Please complete the re-examination application and submit to the department, with the fees by the given deadline. If an examination was missed due to extreme circumstances, please contact the board office at 850.717.1984.

What information is needed to apply for licensure by endorsement?

An application must be completed and the appropriate fees submitted to the department.  The application is on the main page, Apply For A License.

What is a provisional license?

This license has the same requirements as an endorsement application and is only good for one year one project.

The department may provide a provisional license to any person who is not a resident of and has not established a place of business in this state, and who is duly licensed in another state, territory, or possession of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, and who has qualifications which the board, upon advice of a committee of the board, deems comparable to those required of professional geologists in this state, upon written application accompanied by the proper application fee, offered prior to the practice of professional geology in this state, under the following restrictions:

  1. Satisfactory proof of licensure as required above shall include the name, residence address, business address, and certification of the license of the applicant from the issuing state, together with the name and address of the authority issuing such license.
  2. The practice of professional geology under a provisional license shall not exceed 1 year.
  3. The practice of professional geology under a provisional license shall be confined to one specific project.  Such license may not be renewed or reissued for 5 years from the date of original issuance.
  4. A written statement shall be furnished to the department within 60 days of completion of the work, indicating the time engaged and the nature of the work.  A person holding a provisional license shall exhibit such provisional license each time and on each occasion that an indication of licensure is required.
What information is needed to apply for a provisional license?

This license has the same requirements as an endorsement application and is only good for one year one project.
An application must be completed and the appropriate fees submitted to the department. The application is available on the main page, Apply For A License.

Can I use my degree in Geology or related field from a foreign country to apply for a Professional Geologists License in Florida?

You must apply for licensure by examination and submit your application with supporting documents; you will also need to have your foreign education evaluated to see if it is the equivalent of at least a Bachelor of Geology or related science in the United States.

For assistance in locating applicable laws and rules, you may call the Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395.

Can I change my address online?

Yes. Visit our website at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Online Services. You can also change your telephone number and email address here.

Your website provides for "main", "mailing", and "location" addresses. What are the differences?

Three types of addresses have been established to support your needs: main, license mailing, and license location.

  • Main Address – This address is the primary address on file.
  • License Mailing Address – This is the address where the mail associated with a particular license will be sent (if different from the main or license location addresses).
  • License Location Address – This is the address where the place of business is physically located.

An example of the use of different addresses: If Jane Doe is a contractor that works for ACME Builders, she may have 3 different addresses listed in her profile. Her main address would be the address of ACME Builders’ corporate headquarters. Her license mailing may be her home so she doesn’t have to visit the office to pick up her mail. Finally, her License Location would be the address of the ACME Builders’ local office where she works. If Jane Doe worked independently, she might have only one address on file (Main Address) as her office is the same place she wishes to receive her mail.

Can I change all license addresses online?

The main address and license mailing address can be changed online for all license types. License location addresses can also be changed online, except for Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, Veterinary Establishments, and Talent Agencies. The location for these license types is tied to the license, so a location change will require submission of a new application.

How can I change my address if I do not have a computer?

You may submit the change in writing or by fax to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit – License Maintenance
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Fax: 850.488.8040

How can I obtain assistance on completing my application?

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please contact the Department’s Customer Contact Center at 1.850.487.1395.

Where do I mail my application?

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

What are the fees for professional geologist’s applications?

• Examination: $500.00
• Re-examination: $250.00, whether for one or both portions of the examination
• Endorsement: $250.00
• Provisional:  $250.00
• Geologist-in-training:  $190.00
• Geologist-in-training re-examination:  $165.00
• Geologist-in-training endorsement from another state:  $40.00
• Licensure by exam – upgrade from GIT in Florida to Professional Geologist:  $350.00
• Licensure by exam – upgrade from GIT in another state to Professional Geologist:$500.00
• Re-examination for GIT in Florida to Professional Geologist:  $115.00
• Re-examination for GIT in another state to Professional Geologist:  $250.00
• Set license to Inactive from Active:  $100.00
• Set license to Active from Inactive:  $125.00
• Reinstatement of Null & Void license: $475.00

The Board denied my application. Are any of the fees refundable?

In most situations a portion of the total fee is refundable. For more specific information please contact the board office at 850.717.1984.

How often do I need to renew my professional geologist license?

You must renew every other even year prior to July 31st.

DBPR will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your license(s). This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. All notices will be provided via email. We encourage you to keep your information up to date and renew online. DBPR online services offer a quick and easy way to renew your license, find license requirements, apply for a license and update a license.

How much are the renewal fees?

The biennial renewal fee for active status Professional Geologists is $125 (Active Renewal $120 and Unlicensed Activity Fee $5).

The biennial renewal fee for inactive status Professional Geologists is $50 (Inactive Renewal $45 and Unlicensed Activity Fee $5).

How do I renew my professional geologist license?

DBPR will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your license(s). This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. All notices will be provided via email. We encourage you to keep your information up to date and renew online. DBPR online services offer a quick and easy way to renew your license, find license requirements, apply for a license and update a license.

I did not renew my professional geologist (PG) license on time. What do I do?

In addition to the renewal fee ($125.00) you are required to pay a delinquent fee. The delinquent fee is $25.00. Please submit your renewal and delinquent fees to: the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Central Intake Unit, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783; online ; or with a Customer Contact Center agent at 850.487.1395.

How often do I need to renew my geologist-in-training registration?

The geologist-in-training registration is non-renewable.

How many continuing education credits are required to renew my professional geology license?

Professional geologists are not required to complete continuing education credits for renewal.

I have a complaint about a licensed professional geologist. Whom do I contact?

Contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or file a complaint online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > File a Complaint.

I have a complaint about an unlicensed geologist. Whom do I contact?

Contact the department’s toll-free unlicensed activity complaint line at 1.866.532.1440 or file a complaint online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > File a Complaint.

Do professional geologists need to purchase their own seals?

As mandated by Section 492.107, Florida Statutes, licensees must secure a metal-type impression or stamped ink seal. Rule 61G16-2.001, Florida Administrative Code, illustrates the type of acceptable seal. It is your responsibility to purchase a seal from a supplier of your choice.

Can I electronically sign and seal documents?

Geological papers, reports, and documents prepared or issued by the licensee may be transmitted electronically provided they have been signed by the licensee, dated, and electronically sealed. It is unlawful for any person to sign or seal any document as a professional geologist unless that person holds a current, active license as a professional geologist which has not expired or been revoked or suspended, unless reinstated or reissued.

No licensee shall affix, or permit to be affixed, her or his seal or name to any geologic reports, papers, or other documents which depict work which the licensee is not licensed to perform or which was not performed by or under the responsible supervision, direction, or control of the licensee.

Will I receive a wall certificate?

A wall certificate will be mailed only by request. A written request will need to be mailed to: Board of Professional Geologists, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0764. Please note that the wall certificates are signed by the Board Chair at scheduled board meetings. There is no fee required. Geologist-in-training registrants may also request a wall certificate at no fee.

What is the interested party’s agenda list? Whom do I contact to have my name placed on the interested party agenda list?

A list of individuals and organizations that wish to be included in mailings related to upcoming board meetings. Please contact the Board Office at 850.717.1984 if you wish to have your name added to the interested party agenda list.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Board of Professional Geologists
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040