North Carolina Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for North Carolina land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in North Carolina 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

North Carolina Land Surveying Company Licenses

North Carolina Firm License (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 89C-1 

Ownership Requirements:

Two-thirds of owners/shareholders must hold a professional engineer license and at least one of the officers or directors must be licensed in North Carolina. ESOPs are permitted if all trustees are licensees and at least one of the trustees is licensed in North Carolina.

Initial Registration


Application for Licensure

Agency fee:


Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required



Filing method:


Agency fee:



File for renewal online and then email the board at to let them know that the late renewal was filed online.

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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