Ohio Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for Ohio land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in Ohio 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

Ohio Land Surveying Company Licenses

Ohio Certificate of Authorization (Engineering and Land Surveying)

Agency:Ohio Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4733 

Ownership Requirements:

The firm must designate one or more full-time partners, managers, members, officers, or directors as being responsible for and in responsible charge of the professional engineering activities and this individual must be an Ohio licensed engineer.

Initial Registration


Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:


Registration Renewal


Certificate of Authorization Renewal

Agency fee:



Biennially by June 30



Form 3012: Firm Affidavit of Responsibility

Agency fee:

$50 for name change, $0 for most other changes.


Within 90 days of the effective date of the change.


Most amendments can be reported using the eLicense portal. If there is a change to the individual in responsible charge, the firm affidavit of responsibility form must be filed along with the making the changes in the license portal.


Filing method:


Agency fee:



Reinstatements can be filed through the eLicense portal

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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