Important Information Concerning Seals for New Licenses

New York State Education Law1 and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education require that architects, landscape architects, land surveyors and professional engineers have a seal, approved by the board for each profession, for affixing to all drawings and specifications submitted to public officials. Below are the statute and regulations that establish the requirements for the manufacture of these seals. If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Professions at op4info@mail.nysed.gov or 518-474-3817.

Architecture - Part 69.5 Seals

  • For those applicants initially applying for licensure on or after the effective date of this part [January 1, 1987] seals used by licensed architects shall be circular in shape, 1¾ inches in diameter, bearing the legend at the top of the outer band "Registered Architect" and at the bottom "State of New York". In the inner circle above the Great Seal of New York shall be shown the name of the licensee, and below the Great Seal the license number with no other letters or numbers.
  • To all plans, specifications and reports to which seal of an architect has been applied, there shall also be applied a stamp with appropriate wording warning that it is a violation of the law for any person, unless acting under the direction of a licensed architect, to alter an item in any way. If an item bearing the seal of an architect is altered, the altering architect shall affix to his item the seal and the notation "altered by" followed by his signature and the date of such alteration, and a specific description of the alteration.

Landscape Architecture - Part 79-1.4 Seals

  • For those applicants initially applying for licensure on or after the effective date of this part [January 1, 1987], seals used by licensed landscape architects shall be circular in shape, approximately 1¾ inches in diameter, bearing the legend at the top of the outer band, "Registered Landscape Architect" and at the bottom "State of New York." In the inner circle above the Great Seal of New York shall be shown the name of the licensee, and below the Great Seal the license number with no other letters or numbers.
  • To all plans, specifications and reports to which the seal of a landscape architect has been applied, there shall also be applied a stamp with the appropriate wording warning that it is a violation of the law for any person, unless acting under the direction of a licensed landscape architect, to alter an item in any way. If an item bearing the seal of a landscape architect is altered, the altering landscape architect shall affix to his item the seal and the notation "altered by" followed by his signature and the date of such alteration, and a specific description of the alteration.

Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Part 68.10 Seals

For those applicants initially applying for licensure on or after July 1, 1984, seals used by licensed professional engineers and land surveyors shall be circular in shape, approximately 1¾ inches in diameter, bearing the legend at the top of the outer band, "STATE OF NEW YORK" and at the bottom "LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER" or "LICENSED LAND SURVEYOR" or "LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER AND LAND SURVEYOR" as the case may be. In the inner circle above the Great Seal of New York shall be shown the name of the licensee, and below the Great Seal the license number with no other letters or numbers.

Education Law Article 145, Professional Engineering and Land Surveying, section 7209:

2. To all plans, specifications, plats and reports to which the seal of a professional engineer or land surveyor has been applied, there shall also be applied a stamp with appropriate wording warning that it is a violation of this law for any person, unless he is acting under the direction of a licensed professional engineer or land surveyor, to alter an item in any way. If an item bearing the seal of an engineer or land surveyor is altered, the altering engineer or land surveyor shall affix to the item his seal and the notation "altered by" followed by his signature and the date of such alteration, and a specific description of the alteration.

1 Architecture- Art. 147, Sec. 7307, Landscape Architecture- Art. 148, Sec. 73277, Professional Engineering and Land Surveying- Art. 145, Section. 7209

Sample Seals

Registered Architect
or Registered Landscape Architect
Licensed Professional Engineer
or Licensed Land Surveyor
Registered Architect or 
					Registered Landscape Architect Licensed Professional Engineer or 
					Licensed Land Surveyor

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Last Updated: November 30, 2009