South Dakota Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for South Dakota land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in South 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.

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South Dakota Land Surveying Company Licenses

South Dakota Certificate of Authorization

Agency:South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions
Law:

SD CL § 36-18A-1

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Amendment

Form:

South Dakota Board of Technical Professionals Change of Address

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

File within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes. Address changes can be reported online.

Reinstatement

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$180

Notes:

Licenses expired for 3 or more years cannot be reinstated and the licensee must apply for a new license.

Individual Licenses

South Dakota Individual Land Surveying Licenses

South Dakota Land Surveyor Intern Certificate

Agency:South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Not required



Intern enrollment certificates do not expire.

South Dakota Land Surveyor License

Agency:South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: Board of Technical Professions

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

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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