Illinois Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for Illinois land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in Illinois 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.

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Illinois Professional Design Firm Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

225 ILCS 305

Ownership Requirements:

For architecture firms, two-thirds of the board of directors, in the case of a corporation, or two-thirds of the general partners, in the case of a partnership, or two-thirds of the members, in the case of an LLC must be licensed under the laws of any state to practice architecture, engineering, land surveying, or structural engineering. There are no ownership requirements for engineering, land surveying, or structural engineering firms.

Initial Registration


Professional Design Firm Registration Application


Authority to transact business in Illinois must be obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office prior to registering with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 

Agency fee:


Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



Expires on April 30 of every odd year.


Renewal notices are mailed 2 months prior to the expiration date.


Agency fee:



Within 2-4 weeks of changes.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Notify the board and supply documentation when firm information changes.


Agency fee:

$75 for each renewal period missed + $50 late fee


Send the board a letter requesting reinstatement along with the appropriate fees. If the license has been expired for 5 or more years, the license holder should apply for a new license.

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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