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Engineers & Land Surveyors

Engineers and Land Surveyors in Iowa are licensed and regulated by the Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board. The Professional Licensing Bureau is a resource for information about disciplinary action, license renewals, helpful resources, and more.


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Type of Fee Specific Fee Amount
Renewal Active license renewal


  Inactive license renewal $40
  Reinstatement of lapse license (In addition to the reinstatement fee, the applicant must also pay the appropriate prorated reinstated license fee) $100
  Reinstatement of inactive to active license $60
  New or reinstated license (In addition to the appropriate prorated reinstated license fee, the applicant for reinstatement must also pay the reinstatement fee above) $100 - prorated at six-month intervals
Application for examinations Principles and Practice of Engineering $100
  Principles and Practice of Land Surveying $100
Examinations Fees for NCEES examinations are paid directly to the examination service at the rate established by contract based upon cost of the examination materials and processing expenses Variable
  Iowa State Specific Land Surveying Examination $30
  Application for licensure by comity as a professional engineer or professional land surveyor $150
Certificates Initial professional engineer or professional land surveyor certificate $15
  Additional or duplicate certificate $25
  Engineer or land surveyor intern certificate No charge
  Check returned for insufficient funds $15
  Verification of records for lapsed licenses $15 per verification
  Late renewal fee (for renewals postmarked after December 31 and before February 1) $25

The Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board was created by the General Assembly
in 1919. A person cannot practice professional engineering or land surveying without first being
registered with the board.

The board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Three members must be professional engineers, two members must be a land surveyor/or a professional engineer who is also a land surveyor, and two members who are not licensed who represent the general public.

For more information about the board, visit the Iowa Talent Bank.


Board Staff

Robert E. Lampe, Executive Officer—515.725.9024
Demetria Witt, Licensing Specialist—515.725.9021
Jennifer Klein, Assistant Attorney General 

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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              Pursuant to Executive Order 10, the Iowa Professional Licensing & Regulation Bureau will be reviewing its existing Administrative Rules in accordance with the schedule. More information about Executive Order 10 is available on the Department of Management’s website.

              Agency Rules Administrator

              The Agency Rules Administrator is the official responsible for the administration of the agency rulemaking process. If you have any questions about current or pending agency rules for the Board, contact the Agency Rules Administrator:

              Agency Rules Administrator
              Engineering and Surveying Examining Board
              200 E Grand Ave, Ste. 350
              Des Moines, IA 50309
              Phone: (515) 725-9022
              Fax: (515) 725-9033

              The Iowa Legislature has tools available in order to keep up-to-date with the rulemaking process.

              FLS and PLS Exam Applications Accepted Year-Round

              The Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board now accepts FLS and PLS applications year-round. See below for the amended rules.

              Applications with all required components (see below) received by the first day of each month will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. Check with NCEES for registration information.  


              Engineer Forms

              Land Surveyor Forms

              FLS and PLS Exam Applicants

              Requirements for PLS licensure can be found in Chapter 5 of Iowa's rules found here: IAC193C

              All FLS and PLS exam applicants must apply to the Iowa Board and be approved before registering for the exam with NCEES. Applications must be sent to the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board and will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. 

              • The FLS is a computer-based exam administered year-round by NCEES.
              • The national portion of the PLS exam is computer-based and administered year-round by NCEES.
              • The Iowa State Specific Land Surveying Examination is administered by the Iowa Board twice a year (April/October) for initial licensees, and year-round for comity applicants. 
              • The syllabus for the Iowa State Specific Land Surveying Examination can be found here.

              Comity Applicants

              ALL PLS comity applicants must apply to the Iowa Board. Applications will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.