Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS)

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Application Process ExamCHRC (Criminal History Record Check)Renewals

 

Dates and Deadlines:
January 15, 2021 - Surveyor registration application deadline. All new complete applications must be received to qualify for the April exam.
March 5, 2021 - April 2021 exam registration payment is due. All payments and exam registrations forms must be received.
April 16, 2021 - Exam Day at Norris Conference Center in Austin Texas.

 

If you are interested in land surveying, to become a Registered Professional Land Surveying (RPLS) in Texas please submit all documents in a hard copy format with original signatures (by mail or hand delivered). Each document has instructions on how to complete it. Applications must be complete by January 15th to be considered for the April examination and by July 15th to be considered for the October examination.

Only after all documents required are completed and submitted to the Board can an applicant be reviewed for approval. Once a decision has been reached by the Board in regard to an application, the applicant will be emailed the results of the review. If the application is rejected, the applicant will be told what they must supply to the Board in order for their application to become approved. Incomplete applications, miscellaneous application materials that have been sent to the Board and rejected applications will be held for a period of one year at the Board office before being discarded. Please contact licensing at the Board office if you should need any assistance.

To qualify to take the exam to become an RPLS one must hold a surveying degree. The Act does allow associates and bachelor degrees with acceptable coursework to qualify for registration.

Application Process

The following documents/items are required to take the RPLS Exam:

1. RPLS Application

All questions must be answered. A Failure to complete any portion of the application form will disqualify your application for the Board review.  This application must be accompanied by a check or money order (unless application is a military service member – see section 2).

Application Form

2. Application Payment

The application fee of $80.00 must be submitted with the application.  This payment must be in the form of a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. No cash is accepted.

3. Boundary Land Surveying Experience and Professional Land Surveyor References

Supplementary Experience Records and Three References from Licensed or Registered Professional Land Surveyors.  See the Download Forms page

4. (CHRC) Criminal History Record Check

In meeting with legislatively mandated fingerprinting requirements for all professional license holders, all applicants for license and registration must have a record check performed as part of the registration process.

After successfully completing the electronic fingerprint session at the state contracted vendor IdentoGO, TBPELS will receive a file daily with information regarding any matches to the DPS or FBI databases. If electronic fingerprinting is not possible, licensees may have their fingerprints processed by any law enforcement agency and then submitted to the state vendor for the record check requirement.

The only exception to this requirement is an applicant who is also a Professional Engineer and has previously met this requirement.

Refer to CHRC Webpage for instructions.

5. Transcripts

The applicant must submit certified college transcripts and any certificates of completion from other seminars/course taken.  Only transcripts in sealed envelopes from the collegiate institution will be accepted as ‘certified’.

6. Approved Course Checklist

This form must be accompanied by course descriptions for each course from your collegiate catalog; not required if applying under section 1071.253 (1) All courses must be conferred by an official transcript.  If your education experience has not changed since applying for the SIT, you are not required to resubmit your transcripts or the Approved Course Checklist.  You are also not required to submit the Approved Course Checklist if you have a bachelor or associates degree in Land Surveying.

Checklist Document

Exam

Visit our Surveying Exams page for more info.

CHRC

In meeting with legislatively mandated fingerprinting requirements for all professional license holders, all applicants for registration must have a record check performed as part of the registration process. Additionally, all active RPLS licensees must complete a one-time, criminal history record check prior to renewing their registration in 2020. Only one record check is necessary for those who are RPLS and LSLS.

After successfully completing the electronic fingerprint session at the state contracted vendor IdentoGO, TBPELS will receive a file daily with information regarding any matches to the DPS or FBI databases. If electronic fingerprinting is not possible, licensees may have their fingerprints processed by any law enforcement agency and then submitted to the state vendor for the record check requirement.

The only exceptions to this requirement are currently inactive RPLS or RPLS who are also Professional Engineers and have previously met this requirement as part of their PE renewals. Please note: An RPLS who is in inactive status and does not do a background check will have to complete the background check requirement prior to returning to active status.

Refer to CHRC Webpage for instructions.

Renewals

The yearly renewal period is from November 1st to December 31st.

Online - current and late renewals

https://pels.texas.gov/echo

Via Mail - current and late renewals

Contact the staff for a paper renewal notice and late renewal affidavit at licensing@pels.texas.gov