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Apply for a Reciprocal License - Professional Land Surveyors

An applicant who is licensed to practice surveying in another state or territory of the United States may qualify for licensure by reciprocity if he or she provides adequate evidence that, at the time he or she was licensed by the other state or territory, he or she met requirements that were equivalent to those required by Maryland; or, provides adequate evidence that, at the time of application for reciprocity, he or she meets the requirements currently required by the laws of Maryland, and having passed two state-specific examinations:

  • Maryland Law
    Open book, 60 multiple-choice questions on Maryland law and regulations for professional land surveyors (two hours)
  • Storm Drain and Road Grade Design
    Open book, with calculator, principles and practices problem solving (four hours).

Application Process

  1. Download the Application for a Reciprocal license at the top of this page.
  2. Complete the application and send it to the Board’s office:
    The Board for Professional Land Surveyors
    500 N. Calvert Street Rm# 308
    Baltimore, Maryland 21202 - 3651
    ATTN: Reciprocity
  3. When your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Board at its monthly meeting (first Wednesday of the month), and you will be notified shortly thereafter.

Reciprocal License Fee:
Because most reciprocal candidates will not have passed the state-specific exams required in Maryland, the license fee is not paid until all requirements for licensure are met. A non-refundable application fee is due at time of application.

License Period: Two-year period from the date of issuance.