South Carolina Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for South Carolina land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in South 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

South Carolina Land Surveying Company Licenses

South Carolina Certification of Authorization (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Required:Not required
Agency:South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

S.C. Code § 40-22-2 et seq. 

Ownership Requirements:

None for business corporations and LLCs.

Initial Registration


Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:


Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



By March 31 of odd-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required



Amended Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:



No specific time frame - just whenever changes are made



COA Reinstatement Application

Agency fee:


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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