1755 E Plumb Lane Suite 258, Reno, NV 89502

Land Surveyors

Land Surveyors

Clean water. Sound structures. Trustworthy boundaries. Safe power.

By meeting standards in education, exams, and experience, you-as a professional engineer or land surveyor-demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge needed to perform your job well. As a licensed professional, you are obligated to practice in a manner that is both technically competent and ethically sound. Your first responsibility is to protect the public, and the Board shares that charge.

Is this your first PLS license?

Apply to Nevada for your initial license after you meet the following requirements:

  1. Education
    Have a degree from an accredited four-year surveying program or a Board approved equivalent.
  2. Exams
    Licensure candidates typically must pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, the Principals and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam, and a state-specific exam.
  3. Experience
    Four years of acceptable, progressive, and verifiable work experience under the supervision of a licensed land surveyor.

Already a licensed PLS? 

Become a professional land surveyor in Nevada by applying for a comity license. 

Comity license applicants need to pass the state-specific survey exam prior to becoming a licensed land surveyor in Nevada.  

Nevada requires NCEES record for initial and comity license applications

Go to NCEES.org, to begin the process of getting a NCEES record.  If you need assistance with your NCEES record, contact NCEES at (800) 250-3196. After your record is completed, you must request NCEES to transmit the record to us. We cannot do this for you.  

Once you have a NCEES record, you will then have a record that you can maintain throughout your career with no charge for updates. Most states accept NCEES records, and in some states, licensing can be expedited with a NCEES record.  NCEES charges a reduced fee of $75 for transmitting a record to each additional state where you seek a license.

In addition to the NCEES record, please complete the online application below.  

Land Surveyor Intern Certificate: After passing the fundamentals of surveying exam, submit an application to receive a land surveyor intern certificate.  

Initial and Comity License Application: After completing a NCEES record, please submit an application for license.  

Reinstatement of Professional Engineer License: If you were previously licensed as a professional land surveyor in Nevada, and your license has expired, you may apply for reinstatement of your professional land surveyor license.  

Click here to start your application

To check the status of your application, contact Jasmine Bailey at jreis@nvbpels.nv.gov.

Nevada does not issue temporary licenses. You must be licensed to offer or provide engineering in Nevada.

Upcoming Deadlines for Initial License Applications

April 27, 2021 

For review at the May 20, 2021 Board Meeting

June 22, 2021

For review at the July 8, 2021 Board Meeting

August 31, 2021

For review at the September 16, 2021 Board Meeting

October 26, 2021

For review at the November 11, 2021 Board Meeting

January 4, 2022

For review at the January 20, 2022 Board Meeting

Difficulty reading a survey monument?

If you are a Canadian professional engineer (PEng), you can be licensed as a professional engineer (PE) in Nevada.  First, check with Engineers Canada to confirm you are listed on the Engineers Canada Mobility Register.  Click here to apply to the Engineers Canada Mobility Register. Next, contact Jasmine Bailey at jreis@nvbpels.nv.gov for a comity license application and information on the licensing process.

Continuing education for land surveyors

Before renewing your land surveying license every two years, you must complete 30 hours of continuing education. For land surveyors that are also licensed engineers, the 30 hours must include 10 hours related to land surveying and 10 hours related to engineering. If you are a NCEES record holder, you can maintain your continuing education records, free of charge, via your MyNCEES account.  If you are ever audited, Nevada can access your NCEES continuing education records to confirm compliance.   

If your state, where you reside and are licensed, has mandatory continuing education, when you renew your Nevada license, just send us proof of your current license and that will satisfy the Nevada continuing education reporting requirement.

It's the law!

Update your personal contact information within 10 days of moving.  Update your employment information within 30 days of changing your employer. To update your contact information, send us an email, Board@nvbpels.nv.gov.


1755 East Plumb Lane, Suite 258, Reno, NV 89502 (775) 688-1231 Board@nvbpels.nv.gov