PLS Initial

Initial Professional Land Surveying (PLS) License

(First PLS license - not licensed in any other US state or US territory)

To be eligible to APPLY for INITIAL LICENSURE in NEVADA 

The elements listed below are required of applicants for initial licensure in Nevada:


Must have one of the following:

Graduate of a four (4) year land surveying curriculum or a board approved equivalent. Please email for questions related to equivalent education.


Passed the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam unless this requirement is waived by the board.  

Passed the Principals and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam.

Passed the exam on surveying Principals and Practices specific to Nevada.


Accrued four (4) or more years progressive land surveying experience. The experience is to indicate that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of land surveying work. Relevant experience is to include one or more of the following: 

Records of Survey; Legal Descriptions; Record Searches; Public Surveying; Boundary Surveying; Construction Staking; Restoration of Monuments; and/or Established True Bearings from Astronomical Observations, State Coordinate Systems Monuments or USG & GS Monuments. 

Two (2) of the four (4) years of experience is to have been completed under the supervision of a professional land surveyor unless this requirement is waived by the board.

I have a unique circumstance, am I still eligible to apply?

Unique circumstances might include—all my references are from the same employer; I didn’t take the FS exam; I don’t have two-years supervision under a professional land surveyor; etc.  

The board can waive certain requirements for licensure in unique circumstances.  When applying, an applicant would include a waiver request letter explaining the unique circumstances.  The waiver request is given special consideration when the board considers your application.   

For questions about your unique circumstance and your eligibility to apply, please contact Jasmine Reis-Bailey, Licensing Specialist, or 775.688.1231.

Application Process for Initial Licensure in Nevada 

  1. Complete the NCEES application form ($0 fee to create a Record, $175 fee paid directly to NCEES to transmit Record to Nevada)
  2. Complete the Nevada Board short electronic application form ($25 fee, $0 for active military)

Nevada uses the NCEES Record as its application.  Because the completion and verification process required for a NCEES Record can take a number of weeks, and the Nevada board online application requires the entry of your NCEES ID#, which can only be obtained after you begin creating an NCEES Record, we recommend starting the NCEES Record process before completing the Nevada short electronic form. 

1. NCEES Record

An NCEES Record includes the information listed below. 

  • Education information (Transcripts are required for all academic credit.)
  • Exam verification (Verification of NCEES FS and NCEES PS examinations) 
  • Work experience (Chronological listing and verification of engineering and other work experience)
  • Professional references (five references, four from licensed professional land surveyors who can reflect the character and diversity of your experience and are personally acquainted with your professional reputation)

    Nevada requires that only two of the references can be from the applicant's organization unless this requirement is waived by the board
  • Additional questions for the applicant 

Click here for information about an NCEES record

2. Nevada Board Short Application Form

Click here to start your application

INITIAL LICENSURE application consideration process

Following the completion and transmission of your full NCESS record and the completion of the online application via the Nevada board’s website, you full application packet will be presented to the full Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for consideration. The Nevada board meets six (6) times per year and at those meetings board members deliberation and vote on the approval of initial licensure applications. To ensure board members have time to review all initial licensure application packets before board meetings, a cut-off deadline is set before each meeting. The following are the deadlines for initial licensure application packets for upcoming board meetings.


Upcoming deadlines for submitting INITIAL LICENSURE application packets 

  • October 16, 2020 - for consideration at November 12, 2020 board meeting
  • January 5, 2021 - for consideration at January 14, 2021 board meeting
  • February 23, 2021 - for consideration at March 11, 2021 board meeting
  • April 27, 2021 - for consideration at May 20, 2021 board meeting

Following board member deliberation and vote of approval, successful applicants will be notified of conditional approval for professional licensure.

To complete the licensure process, the conditionally approved applicant must pass two-hour closed-book examination on the laws of this State and the procedures for the practice of land surveying. The passing grade for this exam is a minimum of 70%. 

On passing the exam the conditionally approved applicant a prorated license fee is required to align with the appropriate biennial renewal period.

The biennial renewal schedule for Nevada is determined by the first letter of the licensee’s surname. The schedule is as follows: 

  • A through E – renew by January 1 of each odd-numbered year. 
  • F through K – renew by July 1 of each odd-numbered year.
  • L through R – renew by January 1 of each even-numbered year.
  • S through Z – renew by July 1 of each even-numbered year.