North Dakota Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for North Dakota land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in North Dakota 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 Dakota Land Surveying Company Licenses

North Dakota Certificate of Commercial Practice

Agency:North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
Law:

N.D. Cent. Code § 43- 19.1-27 

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Commercial Practice Application

Agency fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certificate of Commercial Practice Renewal

Agency fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Amendment

Reinstatement

Form:

Certificate of Commercial Practice Renewal

Agency fee:

$200

Notes:

Licenses that are expired for 5 or more years cannot be reinstated. Instead, a new license application must be filed.

Individual Licenses

North Dakota Individual Land Surveying Licenses

North Dakota Land Surveyor Intern Registration

Agency:North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Principals and Practices of Land Surveying Examination Application

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Not required



Intern certificates do not expire.

North Dakota Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

Initial Registration

Form:

Principals and Practices of Surveying Examination Application

Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$240

Due:

By December 31 of even-numbered years. Licenses issued in the 4th quarter of renewal years are exempt from the first renewal period.

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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