Land Surveyors

The mission of the Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors is to serve the citizens of Tennessee by efficiently and effectively providing a fair, flexible, and positive regulatory environment for consumer service industries. Our goal is to assure that every licensee has met the minimum qualifications prior to being granted a license.

The Board has issued a new policy statement regarding the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or "drones," in the performance of surveying. You can review the new policy (Policy #10) under the "Rules and Laws" heading by clicking on "Policies."

Notice to all licensed Land Surveyors:

Pursuant to Rule 0820-05-.03(2), a registrant is no longer required to submit proof of completed continued education by 12/31/2018.  Registrants have until the renewal cycle ends (12/31/2019) to report their hours.

As such, please do not send the board office your proof of completed continued education, however, you should continue to maintain proof for your personal records.


Pursuant to Rule 0820-05-.13, the board has decided to conduct audits of continuing education starting with the 2019 renewal cycle. If you are selected for audit, you will be required to provide proof of having completed your continuing education.

These changes are to give you more flexibility as a professional and to facilitate renewals more efficiently.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:  Candidates now need to hold PLSIT certification at the time of their progressive practical experience in order for that experience to qualify. Refer to TCA § 62-18-109 for a full description of each licensure path and its requirements.

In an effort to streamline this process, the Board has voted to waive prior approval for the FS exam. You may now register directly via and sit for the exam whenever you're ready. Once you've passed, you should submit your PLSIT application and your qualifying experience can begin to accrue.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR LICENSEES: All renewals for 2017 will be done online by going to: . Paper renewals forms, with all the information needed, were mailed on September 8, 2017. This will give every one plenty of time to register and complete the process.

Continuing education reporting is now biennial (every two years). It is no longer necessary to report education at the end of each year, as long as you show your 30-hour total by the end of every renewal cycle. The current cycle ends on December 31, 2017. You will provide this information with your 2017 online renewal.