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 LS and PS are through NCEES. Beginning October 2016, the PS will be computer-based. The first appointments for the CBT will be available on Monday October 3, 2016, with CBT registration for the PS exam beginning in mid-June 2016. Visit the NCEES website for more information. See also the NCEES Examinee Guide. The FS exam is already computer based. Information on the FS exam can also be found on the NCEES website.

MNLS Registration: Beginning immediately with the October examination, 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 will be 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)