Professional Engineers

ORS 672.020
Practice of engineering without registration prohibited

  • seal required


In order to safeguard life, health and property, no person shall practice or offer to practice engineering in this state unless the person is registered and has a valid certificate to practice engineering issued under ORS 672.002 (Definitions for ORS 672) to 672.325 (Civil penalties).


Each registered professional engineer shall, upon registration, obtain a seal of the design authorized by the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. Every final document including drawings, specifications, designs, reports, narratives, maps and plans issued by a registrant shall be stamped with the seal and signed by the registrant. The signature and stamp of a registrant constitute a certification that the document was prepared by the registrant or under the supervision and control of the registrant. [Amended by 1971 c.751 §6; 1995 c.33 §2; 1995 c.79 §339; 1997 c.210 §3]

Notes of Decisions

Prohibition on providing engineering services without being registered is sufficient to make contract to provide such services unenforceable by plaintiff who performed engineering services but was not registered. Wheeler v. Bucksteel Co., 73 Or App 495, 698 P2d 995 (1985), Sup Ct review denied


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