Maryland Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for Maryland land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in Maryland 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

Maryland Land Surveying Company Licenses

Maryland Land Surveying Firm Permit

Required:Not required
Agency:Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Filing method:


Agency fee:

$135 (of which $35 is non-refundable application fee)

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Effective October 1, 2015, however, a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership that operates a business through which engineering is practiced shall be required to hold a permit issued by the Maryland Board for Professional Engineers. This is a new requirement, as formerly there was no separate licensing scheme for the practice of engineering through a business entity.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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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