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Professional Surveyor (PS) Licensure Overview

APPLICATION & INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Offering to perform, contracting for or initiating surveying services prior to the applicant or his firm becoming licensed may be a violation of the Board's Laws and Rules.  If a violation occurs it could subject the applicant to disciplinary action.  See Board Laws and Rules Handbook.pdf .



Which license do you seek?

  • Comity License - An Arkansas license based upon a current license in another state.  
  • Original License - This will be your first license, and you will take the Principles and Practice of Surveying (P&PS) & State Specific Exams.

    All Professional Surveyor applications are reviewed during Board meetings.  Meetings are held in January, March May, July, September and November.


How to Apply The instructions below pertain to those who wish to obtain a P.S. License.   COMITY applicants, if you have an NCEES council record, the instructions outline which forms we will accept from your record:

                     OR


Fees - All fees shall be non-refundable unless waived by Board action and must be received before the application will be reviewed.  

  • Comity License - application $200.00 for application.  If approved, you'll receive instructions regarding payment of the $100.00 AR State Specific Exam fee. 
  • Original License -  $75.00 and after approval;
    • $100.00 for the AR State Specific exam,
    • PS exam fee(s). 

THE PROCESS STARTS BY PAYING YOUR FEES.  IF YOU REGISTER WITH NCEES BEFORE THIS STEP, YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT EXAM IN SIX MONTHS. 


Payment - how you pay is based upon how you applied:     

  • Online: credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or e-check. 
  • Paper: check (personal, company or bank) or money order payable to PELS Board.   


Application Status - Your application will be marked as "Incomplete" until the submitted information has been verified.  Upon successful verification, the application will be reviewed and you'll receive an email regarding the decision to:

  • Interview - at a future Board meeting
  • Approve -  and exam fee payment instructions
    • Comity: For license subject to passing the AR State Specific Exams
    • Original: For license subject to passing the P&PS and AR State Specific Exams
  • Reject -


Examinations -  Are given in APRIL and OCTOBER any application completed AFTER the following deadlines will be retained until the next testing date. 

  • APRIL - The application must be completed by JANUARY 1st.
  • OCTOBER - The application must be complete by JULY 1st.

Exam Results - 

  • P&PS Exam - Will be e-mailed from NCEES     
  • AR State Specific Exam - Will be e-mailed from the Board 

Arkansas State Board of Licensure for
Professional Engineers and
Professional Surveyors

623 Woodlane Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501 682-2824
Fax: 501 682-2827
Email: pelsboard@arkansas.gov
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