If you would like to learn more about surveying licensure in general, including the process for obtaining a professional surveyor license, visit our licensure section.
State and territorial surveying licensure boards grant professional surveyor licenses in the United States. Collectively, these boards make up NCEES. While the licensure process is generally the same in each state, some specific requirements vary. Look up requirements and contact information for state licensing boards.
Many professional surveyors find that their careers require them to be licensed in more than one state. To do this, a professional surveyor must apply for comity licensure in additional states. NCEES Records is a service designed for this process.Read more about NCEES Records, and learn how to establish a Record.
Visit our exams section for information about the exam components of surveying licensure, including detailed exam specifications and policies. If you have already decided to begin the process, visit our exams section and select your state licensing board (from the drop-down menu on the right) for requirements and instructions on how to register for an upcoming exam administration.
For those who have registered for an exam, NCEES offers exam preparation materials designed to familiarize candidates with the material they can expect on exam day.
Issues affecting licensure
Licensure is not a static process. To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, licensure adapts to the changing nature of the built environment. Each year, NCEES leadership assigns committees and task forces to research various issues affecting licensure and to propose changes to NCEES policy when necessary. Then, once a year, the voting members of NCEES—that is, state licensing boards—gather to make policy decisions.
The specific language for licensure requirements can be found in the NCEES Model Law and Model Rules, which are documents maintained and published by NCEES. The Model Law and Model Rules contain language approved by a majority of the NCEES member licensing boards and represent a best-practices model for licensure.
NCEES periodically provides news releases to notify constituents and others throughout the profession of changes to licensing policies, including changes to exam offerings and specifications.
Licensure Exchange: NCEES publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Licensure Exchange, that updates its constituents on the activities of its leadership and the various committees and task forces that meet throughout the year. Find links to the current issue and past issues on the Licensure Exchange page.