How to get your land surveyor license by comity
To get your license in Washington State, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be currently licensed in another state.
- Have 8 years of professional-level experience under the direct supervision of a licensed land surveyor. (Education in an ABET-accredited program may count for up to 4 years of this experience.)
- Pass the NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying (LSIT) exam and Principles and Practice exam (PLS).
- Pass the Washington 2-hour land surveyor’s exam and the Washington Law and Ethics exam.
For more information about exam requirements and schedules, see Exams.
How to apply
- Complete the Professional Land Surveyor Registration Application:
- To request verification of your license and/or exam, go to the NCEES License/Exam Verification website at https://verify.ncees.org and follow the instructions.
- If you want education considered toward requirements, ask your school to send an official transcript to us at:
Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9025
Olympia, WA 98507
Photocopies aren’t accepted.
Frequently asked questions
What happens after I submit my application?
We evaluate your application and documentation, and send you an email telling you:
- You’ve been approved for the exam. (You must complete the law and ethics exam before getting approval for the licensing exam.)
- We need additional information to process your application.
If you’re approved for the exam, the letter will include the information you need to schedule your exam with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
Do I have to take an exam to get a license?
Yes, all applicants must take and pass the approved written examinations and a Law and Ethics exam before receiving a license. Once we receive your application and fee, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to access the online Law and Ethics exam. For more information, see Exams.
How will my name appear on my license and wall certificate?
Your name will appear exactly the way you entered it on your application.