Section 34-11-8Renewal of certificates; lapsed licenses.
(a) The board shall, by rule, establish a procedure for renewing certificates of licensure on an annual or a biennial basis. It shall be the duty of the executive director of the board to notify every person licensed under this chapter of the final date of the renewal of his or her license and the amount of the fee required for the renewal. The notice shall be mailed to the last address of the licensee recorded by the executive director of the board at least one month in advance of the renewal deadline. Renewal may be accomplished at any time prior to or during the month of December by payment of the required fee. The board shall establish the renewal fee for each certificate of licensure issued pursuant to this chapter. The amount of the renewal fee shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for annual renewal or three hundred dollars ($300) for biennial renewal. Certificates of licensure for professional engineers and professional land surveyors shall lapse on the last day of the month of December, annually or biennially, unless renewed. The board shall, by rule, establish procedures including requirements, time limits, and the minimum continuing professional competency hours required for reinstating or reactivating a lapsed license. The board shall establish a reinstatement fee which shall be based on the period the license was lapsed. A lapsed license, if not reinstated, shall remain in a lapsed classification for a total of four years. Any license which has lapsed for more than four years shall not be eligible for reinstatement or reactivation and is expired.
(1) Any individual whose license has lapsed for nonpayment of renewal fees shall continue to be subject to this chapter and board rules governing licenses until the licensure is revoked by action of the board or the license is not eligible for reinstatement under the rules of the board. A licensee who practices or offers to practice in this state with a lapsed, inactive, or retired license shall be subject to disciplinary action by the board.
(2) No licensee shall have his or her license renewed unless, in addition to any other requirements of this chapter, the minimum annual or biennial continuing professional competency requirement is met. It is further provided that the continuing professional competency program herein required shall not include testing or examination of the licensee in any manner. The board may, by rules, establish exemptions from the continuing professional competency requirement for retired licensees and others in extenuating circumstances as identified by rule of the board.
(b) Enrollment as engineer interns and land surveyor interns shall expire on the last day of the month of December following their issuance or renewal. The notification to interns shall be processed as prescribed above for licensees except that the annual renewal fee shall not exceed ten dollars ($10). The failure on the part of any intern to accomplish renewal shall not invalidate his or her status as an engineer intern or land surveyor intern, but his or her name shall, after 90 days, be removed from the current mailing list of the board. The fee to bring an enrollment current after a renewal expiration shall be twice that established for annual renewal.
(c) Certificates of authorization issued to corporations, partnerships, or firms practicing or offering to practice engineering or land surveying under this chapter shall lapse on the last day of the month of January following their issuance or renewal, unless renewed. The amount of the renewal fee shall be set by the board and shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250). It shall be the duty of the executive director of the board to notify every corporation, partnership, or firm holding a certificate of authorization under this chapter of the final date of renewal of the certificate and the amount of the fee which shall be required for its renewal for one year. The notice shall be mailed by the executive director to the last address recorded for the corporation, partnership, or firm at least one month in advance of the renewal deadline. Renewals may be accomplished at any time prior to or during the month of January by payment of the required fee. Failure by the corporation, partnership, or firm to renew its certificate of authorization prior to or during the month of January shall cause the certificate to lapse, and it shall be unlawful for the corporation, partnership, or firm to practice, offer to practice, or hold itself out as qualified to practice engineering or land surveying in Alabama following the lapse of its certificate of authorization. The board shall, by rules, establish procedures and time limits for reactivating a certificate of authorization and the reinstatement fees which shall be based on the period the certification was lapsed. A firm, partnership, or corporation whose certificate of authorization has lapsed for nonpayment of renewal fees shall continue to be subject to this chapter and the rules of the board governing licenses until the certificate of authorization is revoked by action of the board or the certificate of authorization is no longer renewable under the rules of the board. If not reinstated, a lapsed certificate of authorization shall remain in a lapsed classification for a period of two years. Any certificate of authorization which has been lapsed for more than two years shall not be eligible for reinstatement or reactivation and is expired.
(Acts 1961, Ex. Sess., No. 79, p. 1976, §16; Acts 1975, No. 1049, p. 2107, §1; Acts 1984, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 84-792, p. 182, §1; Acts 1991, No. 91-199, p. 375, §3; Acts 1997, No. 97-683, p. 1332, §1; Act 2004-501, p. 954, §1.)