In order to become a licensed land surveyor in the State of Maryland, the following two
exams are required in most cases, in addition to the Fundamentals of Surveying and/or Principles and
Practice of Surveying exam, depending under which option you apply.
MARYLAND LAW AND ETHICS EXAM
The Maryland Law and Ethics exam is an open book exam with 60 multiple choice questions on Maryland Law
and Regulations. It is a two-hour exam. A calculator may be required. The
NCEES calculator policy applies. The Land Surveyors law and regulations can be accessed via
Exceptions - You do not have to take the Maryland Law exam if you are applying for licensure by
reciprocity and were licensed in another state before October 1987; or if you hold a current property line
STORM DRAIN AND ROAD GRADE EXAM
The Road Grade and Storm Drain Exam is an open book exam encompassing principles and practices problem
solving. It is a 4-hour exam. A calculator is required. The NCEES
calculator policy applies.
Exceptions - You do not have to take the Storm Drain and road Grade Exam if you are currently licensed
as a Professional Engineer in Maryland or another state.
How to Apply
For first-time applicants, your approval letter will inform you which exams you need to take and how to
Re-examinees must apply online. Examinees who fail an examination will receive
a track number and instructions along with their results letter. The deadline to file for re-examination is
60 days prior to the examination date. See exam schedule. The fee for re-examination is the total of the
exam fee(s) plus the $60 test administration fee.