Long ago, if you wanted to survey land for a living, it was a fairly straightforward process, though there was certainly a good deal of talent involved. While that part hasn’t changed, these days, if you wish to create a land surveying business, it’s going to involve a number of legal requirements. One is that you use an official South Carolina land surveyor stamp in accordance with your license.
Earning a South Carolina land surveyor stamp isn’t necessarily hard, but just because you earn one doesn’t mean you’re ready to start working. Instead, you’ll want to look it over to make sure it complies with South Carolina’s requirements.
The Dimensions of the South Carolina Land Surveyor Stamp
Your South Carolina land surveyor stamp must be at least 1-1/2" in diameter. That may seem like a somewhat trivial requirement, but it’s the law. Furthermore, it’s also easy for a weathered eye to notice if your stamp isn’t the right size. Usually, these stamps clock in at about 1-9/16" in diameter, but just make sure you meet the minimum requirement.
The Appearance of the South Carolina Land Surveyor Stamp
The tricky thing about the South Carolina land surveyor stamp is that there are actually six versions to choose from depending on your needs. There’s the:
- GIS Surveyor Seal
- Land Surveyor Seal
- Land Surveyor Seal – Tier B
- Land Surveyor Seal – Dual License
- Photogrammetric Surveyor Seal
- Land Surveyor Seal – COA Seal
While the dimensions are the important part as is making sure you have the right one for your purposes, it’s worth knowing the basic aesthetic of these stamps too. They are all circular with an outer edge that appears perforated to one degree or another.
Then, there is an inner circle that’s dotted. Between both circles, the stamp reads “South Carolina” at the top and your name, as it appears on your license, at the bottom.
Inside the circle, your designation—the type of land surveyor you are—should be spelled out across the top. Going across the center will be your license number, starting with, “No.”
While yours may differ from others a bit, the South Carolina land surveyor stamp pretty easy to confirm.