California Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for California land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in California for firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Before applying, firms should ensure that the licensed individual to be appointed agent in charge has the necessary licenses. Firms should also gather proof of incorporation, or foreign qualification for out-of-state firms, in anticipation of application requirements.

Company Licenses

California Land Surveying Company Licenses

California Organization Record

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

California Business and Professions Code § 1638 

Ownership Requirements:

An owner, partner, or officer must be a licensed engineer.

Initial Registration


Organization Record Form

Agency fee:



California does not issue a firm license for engineering, but firms are typically required to register and submit additional documentation. Separate forms are used for domestic and foreign firms.

Registration Renewal

Not required

Registrations do not expire, but firms must notify the board when entity information changes.

Renewal Not Required

Individual Licenses

California Individual Land Surveying Licenses

California Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification (LSIT)

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Renewal Not Required

Not required

California Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



Biennially by the end of the assigned quarterly renewal period.

Design Firm - Surveyor firm registration is sometimes grouped with engineering and architecture on a single “design firm” application form.

Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) - An exam for recent graduates that tests on basic surveying principles.

Principles of Surveying (PS) - An exam that tests for competency of surveying skills.

Reciprocity - When a licensed surveyor in on state can provide documentation (often an NCEES Record) to more easily apply for a license in another jurisdiction.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accrediting board that sets standards for university programs in a variety of applied science disciplines.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)
Develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering licenses.

National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
Advocacy group for professional surveyors in the United States.

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