Washington Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for Washington land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in Washington 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

Washington Land Surveying Company Licenses

Washington Certificate of Authorization (Engineering and/or Land Surveying)

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

WASH. REV. CODE ch. 18.43

Initial Registration


Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:


Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:






Change of Designated Engineer/Land Surveyor

Agency fee:



Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.


Other information updates should be reported to the board in writing.

Individual Licenses

Washington Individual Land Surveying Licenses

Washington Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

Renewal Not Required

Not required

Washington Professional Land Surveyor License

Agency:Washington Department of Licensing - Business and Professions Division

Registration Renewal

Filing method:


Agency fee:



Biennially by the licensee's date of birth.

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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