By the Division of Professional Licensure

At meetings on July 31, 2008 and September 25, 2008, the Board reviewed its procedures for issuing temporary permits to out-of-state land surveyors. Board regulations at 250 CMR 3.07, authorize the Board to issue Temporary Permits to individuals registered in another state or country provided those individuals meet the qualifications required to practice land surveying under Massachusetts law. This regulation is consistent with Massachusetts General Laws, see G.L. c. 112, section 81R(b) and (c), which allows a person licensed in another jurisdiction to practice land surveying in Massachusetts for a limited time period without a Massachusetts license, provided the individual is licensed in another state or country in which the requirements for licensure are not lower than those specified under Massachusetts law.

To be qualified for licensure as a land surveyor in Massachusetts, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications set forth in M.G.L. c.112, section 81(J)(2). For all land surveying applicants, including those licensed in another jurisdiction, these requirements include successful completion of both an oral examination before the Board and the 2-hour written Legal Principles and Massachusetts Law Examination ("Massachusetts Jurisprudence Examination.") Applicants who have not met these two requirements are not qualified to practice under Massachusetts Law. For this reason, on September 25, 2008, the Board voted to stop issuing temporary land surveying permits to individuals who have not passed both the oral examination and the Massachusetts Jurisprudence examination. Effective September 25, 2008, the Board will issue temporary land surveying permits only to applicants who have passed the oral examination and written Massachusetts Jurisprudence examination required for registration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.