• Renewals

    All renewal forms have been posted for use. Notices will be in the mail at the beginning of the week of November 6th.
  • Next Board Meeting

    The next meeting of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will be held on December 15, 2017, at 9 am, at the TCEQ Complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg E, Room 201, Austin, TX 78753. Any RPLS/LSLS that…
  • Exam Blueprints and Subject Areas

    The test blueprints and subject area breakdowns for the RPLS and Reciprocal Exams are now available to applicants. Click the link below to view: Study Materials

What’s New:

11/8/2017: Renewals are Open

The renewal period is now open and Renewal Notices should be received in the next few days. Please go online to the State Licensing System, or obtain the renewal form/s, and submit to renew your RPLS/LSLS/Firm license before close of business on December 31, 2017.

***PLEASE NOTE: There is no longer a space for initials on your license renewal notice. In order to affirm the oath you must go online or obtain the RPLS/LSLS Renewal Form. Payments submitted to the office in the form of check or money order not accompanied the appropriate form will be returned.

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9/22/2017: New Change of Information Protocol

New protocol is in place for reporting a change in personal or professional information. Read more…

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6/7/2017: Newest LSLS for Texas

John Denney and Bill Merten

John Denney passed the Licensed State Land Surveyor Exam, held on April 21, 2017, to become the newest LSLS in the state.

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4/18/2017: Public Hearing

A public hearing on the proposed bills, as published in the February 17, 2017 issue of the Texas Register at pages 647 through 649, will be held at 9:00 a.m. on May 19, 2017 in the building E, room 201 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The Board meeting previously scheduled for May 26 has been moved to 10:00 a.m., May 19, 2017, immediately following the public hearing.

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3/23/2017: Graves

Chapter 711 of the Texas Health and Safety Code defines a “cemetery” as “a place that is used or intended to be used for interment, and includes a graveyard, burial park, mausoleum, or any other area containing one or more graves.”   Did you know that this same chapter requires anyone who finds an unknown or abandoned cemetery to file a notice with the county clerk’s office within 10 days of discovery? Read more…

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3/13/2017: Proposed Rules Amendments

The Board is proposing to amend the following Board Rules: 661.31(12), 663.13, 663.16(3)(D), 663.18, and 663.19(f). Read more…

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12/21/2016: NOTICE FOR RENEWALS

The help desk at HPC (the proprietors of the State of Texas Licensing System) will close for the holidays at 5 pm December 30, 2016 and will not be able to assist with issues until the start of business January 2, 2017.

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10/25/2016: License Renewal to Begin November 1

The license renewal period will begin November 1 and run through December 31. Read more…

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10/18/2016: TBPLS Recognizes Resigning Item Writer’s Committee Members

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Ken Gold was recognized by the Board for his 30 years of volunteer service.  Mr. Gold was appointed to chair the Item Writers Committee in 1986 and continued in that position until his decision to step down earlier this year.  The Item Writers Committee is charged with drafting new questions for the Board’s RPLS exam and revising existing questions.

Other members of the Item Writers Committee that voluntarily stepped down were David Myers, member and Vice-Chair since 1986, Tom Houston (member since 1990) and Mike Russell (member since 2008).  The Board is appreciative of their service and dedication.

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10/10/2016: Live-Streaming of the Board Meeting

Beginning October 14, 2016, the Board will live-stream its Board meetings over the internet. Read more…

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9/2/2016: ATTENTION! Board Meeting on October 14, 2016

ATTENTION SURVEYORS, or anyone planning to attend the upcoming Board meeting on October 14, 2016: The meeting is open to the public. This means that it is NOT a requirement to first register for the TSPS Annual Convention in order to attend.

If you have registered for the convention only because you plan to attend the TBPLS Board meeting, please contact TSPS at 512) 327-7871 immediately. 

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8/16/2016: Current Rule Changes

In February the Board published a group of proposed rule changes. Included in this group was rule 661.57.

At the July Board meeting, action was taken to adopt the proposed rules with little or no changes, for the most part. Those rules will appear as adoptions in the 8/19/2016 issue of the Texas Register.

Though most of the rules were voted to be adopted as proposed, the Board elected to make substantial changes to Rule 661.57. However, it was not the intent of the Board to adopt these changes without first hearing from the public. So, the Board has withdrawn rule 661.57 from possible adoption and will publish the changes as “proposed” in a subsequent issue of the Texas Register. This action will effectively invite any member of the public to submit comments concerning the proposed changes.

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5/9/2016: Forum on the Future of Surveying

This questionnaire is provided by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) as a mechanism to gather feedback on the initial report of the Forum on the Future of Surveying. Read more…

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3/2/2016: Surveyor Exhibit to Open at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

An exhibit featuring antique surveying equipment will be opening later this month at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum located in Waco, Texas. Read more…

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2/16/2016: Board Proposed to Amend Rules

The Board is proposing to amend the following Board Rules: 661.31, 661.55, 661.57, and 661.99. The Board is also proposing to repeal Rule 663.14 in order to renumber the rule as 663.11. Read more…

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1/13/2016: License Renewal Proves Challenging

Another renewal period is behind us and the administrative staff at TBPLS wanted to offer some comments. Read more…

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12/3/2015: December 31st Deadline for submitting license renewal fees

Many of you are likely busy with the holiday season or celebrating the extra $200 in your pocket.  Don’t let your license renewal payment drop by the wayside! Read more…

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12/3/2015: NCEES Future City Competition- Surveying Judges

NCEES is in the process of recruiting surveyor judges for the Future City Regional Competition. Read more…

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11/12/2015: Surveying Equipment Stolen from Westwood Company Truck

Westwood Professional Services in Plano, Texas reported that surveying equipment was stolen from a company truck on Tuesday, November 10 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more…

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10/28/2015: LICENSE RENEWAL OPENS NOVEMBER l

The online portal opens November 1st. Renewal fees are $179 for all currently registered RPLS licensees.  Inactive fees remain the same. Read more…

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6/19/2015: Reduction in Land Surveying Licensing Fees

On June 15, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill (HB) 7 which includes elimination of the $200 occupational tax paid by registered professional land surveyors and other licensed professionals. Read more…

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2/17/2015: To Whom Do I Complain?

According to Rule 663.1, a firm offering surveying services to the public is supposed to inform those receiving their services that any complaints regarding the service they received can be directed to the Board. Read more…

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11/25/2014: New License Verification Portal

TBPLS has added an online License Verification portal to the website. This portal will enable applicants to the Texas Board to submit their License Verification quickly and electronically to accompany their application. Read more…

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 7/3/2014: Rule Change Regarding RPLS Exam

Please be notified that the Board’s recent rule change regarding the RPLS Exam will tentatively take effect in 2015. Read more…

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Clarification of New Board Rule: Use of Firm Registration Number

Many of you have asked for clarification regarding rule 661.57(1), “a firm shall not offer land surveying services to the public unless the offer of services contains the Firm Registration Certificate number.” Read more…

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.