New York Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for New York land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in New York 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

New York Land Surveying Company Licenses

New York Certificate of Authorization to Provide Land Surveying Services

Required:Not required
Agency:New York State Education Department: Office of the Professions - State Board for Engineering & Land Surveying

Licensing Statute – N.Y. Education Law, Article 145, Engineering et. seq. (“Ed. Law”)

Initial Registration


Application for Certificate of Authorization

Agency fee:


  • All shareholders, directors, and officers must be licensed surveyors. Foreign entities must have at least one New York licensed surveyor.
  • Notify the Education Department within 30 days of a change of address or name.

Registration Renewal


Renewal applications are sent in the mail.

Agency fee:

$75. Late fees are $10 per month of uncertified practice.



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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