Rhode Island Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for Rhode Island land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island Land Surveying Company Licenses

Rhode Island Land Surveying Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Rhode Island Division of Design Professionals
Law:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-8-1 et. seq. 

Initial Registration

Form:

Land Surveying Certificate of Authority

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially

Individual Licenses

Rhode Island Individual Land Surveying Licenses

Rhode Island Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification

Agency:Rhode Island Division of Design Professionals

Initial Registration

Form:

LSIT Application Package

Agency fee:

$100 for residents and $150 for out-of-state applicants.

Notarize:Required

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Rhode Island Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Rhode Island Division of Design Professionals

Initial Registration

Form:

PLS Application Package

Agency fee:

$100 for residents and $150 for out-of-state applicants.

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Biennial Renewal Application

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

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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