Licensed State Land Surveyors (LSLS) Application Process


Preliminary LSLS Application/Examination Information

Please review the following for important information about applying for and taking the LSLS Exam:

LSLS General Information 

LSLS Study Guide

LSLS Application Process

To apply to take the exam to gain licensure as a LSLS, you must complete and submit the following:

1. LSLS Application (fee must be submitted with the LSLS Application)

2. Reference Form (3 minimum)

References must be completed and sent to the Board office by professional land surveyors in a sealed envelope with their seal stamped on the back of the envelope. The Board prefers that one of your references be a LSLS.

3. Working Sketch / Preliminary Report of Findings

An applicant must create a working sketch of an area of the applicant’s choice (though the Board prefers the applicant chose an area within their own county). The sketch must embrace several surveys including the work of at least three original locating surveyors. Also, the sketch must show the complete results of all of the record investigation you make (not only at the GLO but other sources as well) and be accompanied by a preliminary report of your findings. This submission must show the source of all of the information you would assemble prior to going to the field to make a survey for vacancy or excess.

More Details about the LSLS Application Process

All documents must be submitted in hard-copy and electronic format (you can mail in your electronic submission in the form of a CD or flash drive, or, you are welcome to mail in your hard copies but email your electronic submissions-

Only after an application is complete will it be reviewed by the Board. The applicant be updated on the status of their application by mail after the review is complete. Applications must be completed by January 15 to be considered for the April examination and by July 15 to be considered for the October examination.

An applicant for the LSLS Exam must reside in Texas.


Statewide Goal

The priority goal will be to ensure that Texas consumers are effectively and efficiently served by high quality professionals and businesses by setting clear standards, maintaining compliance and seeking market-based solutions.

The Mission

The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying is to protect the residents of Texas by regulating, licensing and renewing the licenses of only competent surveyors; surveyors able to provide accurate surveys which will result in the orderly use of our physical environment.

The Philosophy

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will license only competent surveyors and will regulate the practice of surveying. We will manage our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible with a commitment to excellence.