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Requirements and Use of Alabama Land Surveyor Seals

As a licensed land surveyor in Alabama, you are required to obtain a seal for use with documents relating to the field. There are a number of rules and regulations that surveyors must follow when using Alabama land surveyor seals, and understanding these requirements is important to ensure compliance. Here, you will discover what you need to know about obtaining and using your seal.

Alabama Licensed Land Surveyors

After being licensed as a land surveyor, you are required to obtain your own Alabama land surveyor seal. This seal, along with the certificate of licensure, designates that the person to whom it is issued has the privileges and rights of a professional land surveyor until such time as the licensing expires, lapses or is revoked or suspended. Once you have obtained licensure, you can purchase your Alabama land surveyor seal from any manufacturer, providing it follows the proper size and appearance guidelines.

Seal Requirements in Alabama

The Alabama land surveyor seal can be either 1-5/8” diameter, which is referred to as a pocket stamp, or a desk stamp that is 2” in diameter. In Alabama, the land surveyor seal is also required to meet specific guidelines for appearance, which include:

  • Two concentric circles, with a larger one along the outside of the stamp and a smaller one inside of it
  • The space between these two circles must include the word “Alabama” along the top with the land surveyor’s name appearing along the bottom.
  • The words “licensed” must appear at the top of the inner circle and the words “land surveyor” must be placed at the bottom
  • The surveyor’s license number is listed in the center of the smaller circle, preceded by “No.”, and the word “professional” appears right below it.

Each Alabama land surveyor seal must meet these size and appearance requirements in order for it to be considered valid for use in the state.

Usage Guidelines

Licensed surveyors are also required to follow usage guidelines when applying their seals. An Alabama land surveyor seal is required on all plats, plans, engineering drawings, specifications and other reports that you create as a land surveyor. Additionally, the Alabama land surveyor seal must be affixed to any of these types of documents that are prepared under the licensee’s direct supervision.

It is important to understand that each time you use this seal, you are assuming complete responsibility for the information provided in the documents, and that you have taken the time to ensure that it is correct and follows all codes and requirements. Each time you use your Alabama land surveyor seal, you are also required to include your signature and the date.

As a licensed surveyor, it is important that you follow all Alabama land surveyor seal requirements. Surveyors should also make sure to check the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors website to keep track of any changes to these requirements. 

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