Before you can begin offering your services as a certified land surveyor in NJ, you need a seal issued by the state. In order to use the New Jersey land surveyor seal, it has to be applied with an embosser. Other states may be more flexible in this regard, but not in New Jersey. Now let’s look at some specifics of the actual seal itself.
Size and Shape of the New Jersey Land Surveyor Seal
The New Jersey land surveyor seal is circular in shape. Its diameter must be 1-1/2.” It’s an impression-type seal which is why an embosser has to be used in order to apply it to a document.
Appearance of the New Jersey Land Surveyor Seal
Inside the seal, there should be a dotted circle to match the outer perimeter. At the very top, between two stars, you’ll read, “State of New Jersey.” Then, along the bottom of the circle, it has to say, “Professional Land Surveyor.”
Within the inner circle of the seal, your name must go across the top, just below its perimeter. Below that, running alone the bottom perimeter and between two stars, it will say, “Licensed.” In the middle of the entire New Jersey land surveyor seal will be your unique license number beginning with, “No.” After that, most names will begin with a “GS” prefix. However, this isn’t necessarily always the case, so don’t panic if yours lacks it.
Finally, the bottom of the seal will read, “Professional Land Surveyor.”
The Dual Seal
Some of you may be both land surveyors and professional engineers. In New Jersey, the land surveyor seal can be combined with the one you need as an engineer. This one is going to be 1-5/8" in diameter and the prefix most commonly used for the names is “GB.”
The bottom of the stamp will read, “Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor.” Other than these distinctions, though, the stamp is virtually identical to the typical New Jersey land surveyor seal. You also apply it the same way, with an embosser.
The New Jersey land surveyor seal is a relatively simple design, but the details still matter. Before beginning to use the one you were issued, check that the preceding description matches your seal.