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October 1, 2017

DC Board of Professional Engineering Licensing information

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The District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineering (Board) was established by the Second Omnibus Regulatory Reform Amendment Act of 1998, which took effect on April 20, 1999 (D.C. Law 12-261; D.C. Official Code ยง 47-2853.06 (c) (2001). The Board regulates the licensing and practice of professional engineers and land surveyors and protects the public by upholding the District of Columbia (DC) Professional Engineers Municipal Regulations .

With the consent of the District of Columbia Council (DC Council), the Mayor appoints the members of the Board to serve three year terms. The Board consists of seven members. Four members must have a valid DC professional engineer (P.E.) license from any discipline, two members must have a valid DC land surveyor (L.S.) license, and one member must be a consumer member. Excluding the consumer member, each Board member must have been actively engaged in the practice of engineering or land surveying in the District of Columbia for at least five years preceding his or her appointment. Four members of the Board constitute a quorum.

Excluding December and one other month that varies from year to year, the Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the DCRA headquarters, located at 1100 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The Board can be reached by phone: (202) 442-4320 or fax: (202) 698-4329.

Executive Director: Leon Lewis,
Board Administrator: Avis Pearson,

Current Board Members

  • Barry Lucas – P.E.
  • Mary Jean Pajak – P.E.
  • Samuel Wilson – Chariman, P.E.
  • Compton G. Vyfhuis – L.S.
  • Ernest T. Boykin, Jr. – Vice Chair, Consumer Member
  • Paul Rich – P.E.
  • 1 vacancy

2017 Meeting Dates:
Please contact the Board to confirm meeting dates/times/locations.

Board meeting minutes are available at

License Search / News / Publications and Forms


Exciting news! On October 1, 2017, the Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration (OPLA) will launch a brand new licensing system, which will fully digitize and automate the licensing process for all applications and processes.

Due to this system upgrade, current application and licensing services will be unavailable between September 16, 2017 and September 30, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding while we work behind the scenes to deliver an enhanced customer service experience.

All paper applications received after Friday, September 15, 2017 WILL NOT be processed and will be returned to the address on the application.

After October 1, 2017, all licensing services and requests must be submitted online at Paper service requests will no longer be accepted. Beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017, you may call a customer service representative at 866-270-9817 with application questions or for further submission instructions.