Land Surveying


Applications for Examination or Licensure

Important changes—please read:

All candidates must apply first to the Board to sit for the FS, PS, or MNLS before registering for any exam.

FS and PS Registration: Once a candidate's application is approved, registration for and administration of the FS and PS are through NCEES. As of October 2016, both the FS and PS are computer-based. Visit the NCEES website for more information. See also the NCEES Examinee Guide.

MNLS Registration: As of October 2016, MNLS registration and administration is handled directly through the Minnesota Board office. The exam is paper-based and proctored by the Board. Once your application is approved, you will receive information from the Board on how to register, fees, location (near the Board office), and other pertinent information. MNLS exam application deadlines can be found on the Board website.

The MNLS exam is administered three times a year (January, April, and October).


Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam Application


Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) and Minnesota Land Surveying (MNLS) Exam Application

The above application is ONLY for those not yet licensed in any state as a land surveyor. It can be used to apply for either the PS or MNLS exams or for both exams.


Application for Land Surveyor License by Comity

This application is for land surveyors already licensed in another state who need to take the MNLS exam and apply for a Minnesota license by comity (reciprocity),


Study Materials

MN Land Surveyor Candidate Handbook
(for MN Local Exam)



NCEES is recognizing surveying/geomatics programs that best reflect NCEES’ mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award competition launched during National Surveyors Week (March 19-25). Entry materials and competition details are available on the NCEES website. A grand prize of $25,000 will be offered, as well as multiple $15,000 and $10,000 prizes.

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