Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 8.1
Land Surveyors

R.I. Gen. Laws 5-8.1-10

 5-8.1-10.  Board of registration for professional land surveyors — Issuance and renewal of certificates.

(a) Surveyors previously registered.  Each land surveyor holding a certificate of registration under the laws of this state as previously in effect shall be deemed registered as a professional land surveyor under this chapter.

(b) Surveyors-in-training previously registered.  Each surveyor-in-training previously enrolled under the laws of this state as previously in effect shall be deemed enrolled under this chapter.

(c) Certificates of registration.  With the assistance of the department, the board of land surveyors shall issue a certificate of registration upon payment of the registration fee as provided for in this chapter to any applicant, who, in the judgment of the board, has met the requirements of this chapter. Enrollment cards are issued to those who qualify as surveyors-in-training. The certificate of registration shall:

(1) Carry the designation "professional land surveyor";

(2) Show the full name of the registrant, without any titles;

(3) Have a serial number; and

(4) Be signed by both the chairperson and secretary of the board of land surveyors.

(d) Effect of certification.  The issuance of a certificate of registration by the board of land surveyors is prima facie evidence that the person named in the certificate is entitled to all rights and privileges of a professional land surveyor while the certificate of registration remains unrevoked or unexpired.

(e) Expiration and renewals.  Certificates of registration that expire are invalid, rendering practice authorized on the basis of that certificate illegal. It is the duty of the board of land surveyors to notify every person registered under this chapter of the date of the expiration of his or her certificate and the amount of the fee required for its renewal. That notice shall be delivered, electronically or otherwise, to the registrant, at his or her last-known address, at least one month in advance of the date of the expiration of that certificate, and it is the responsibility of each person registered under this chapter to renew his or her certificate of registration prior to its expiration. Renewal may be effected at any time prior to, or during the month of, June of each odd-numbered year (meaning biennially) commencing in year 2003 (provided, that any said renewal shall be postmarked no later than June 30th in that year in order to be valid), or at any other time that the law provides for, by the payment of the fee required by this chapter. Renewal of an expired certificate may be effected, with the director's approval, within a period of four (4) years; provided, that evidence is submitted to the board of land surveyors attesting to the continued competence and good character of the applicant. The amount to be paid for the renewal of a certificate after the date of expiration shall be double the regular fee. In the event renewal is not made before the end of the second year, the board of land surveyors may require any reexamination that it deems appropriate and the amount to be paid for the renewal shall be as stated in this section.

(f) Lapsed certificates.  Any registrant who allows his or her certificate of registration to lapse for more than four (4) years, shall reapply for registration in accordance with the requirements stated in 5-8.1-9.

(g) Any party aggrieved by the board's decision regarding license issuance or renewal may, within ten (10) days of the decision, appeal the matter to the director by submitting a written request for a formal hearing to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of 5-8.1-15.

History of Section.
P.L. 1990, ch. 330, 2; P.L. 1992, ch. 337, 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 90, 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 98, 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 298, 3; P.L. 2013, ch. 378, 3; P.L. 2015, ch. 82, 5; P.L. 2015, ch. 105, 5; P.L. 2016, ch. 347, 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 363, 2.