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South Dakota PE Stamp Overview

PE stamps in South Dakota are regulated by the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions (SDBTP) to ensure the authenticity and accountability of engineering work. In this blog post, we will summarize the key requirements for South Dakota PE stamps and provide a comprehensive overview of the relevant regulations and guidelines.

South Dakota Code Reference: The requirements for South Dakota PE stamps are outlined in the South Dakota Codified Laws (SDCL) and the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD). The specific sections that cover PE stamps are:

  • SDCL 36-18A-45: Seal of licensee
  • ARSD 20:38:36:03: Use of seals and signatures

Stamp Size and Design – The South Dakota PE stamp must meet the following size and design requirements:

SizeThe seal shall be from 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and consist of two concentric circles.
DesignThe seal shall bear the licensee’s name, license number, and the words “Registered Professional Engineer” and “South Dakota.”
BorderThe seal shall have two concentric circles with the outer circle having a diameter between 1-1/2 and 2 inches, and the inner circle having a diameter between 1 and 1-1/2 inches.
LetteringThe licensee’s name and license number shall be placed within the inner circle. The words “Registered Professional Engineer” and “South Dakota” shall be placed between the inner and outer circles.

Other Important Information:

  1. Signing and Sealing: All final engineering documents must be signed, dated, and sealed by the licensee in responsible charge of the work. The signature and date shall be placed adjacent to the seal. The purpose of the seal is to certify that the work has been performed by the licensee or under their direct supervision.
  2. Electronic Signatures: The use of electronic signatures and digital seals is permitted in South Dakota, provided they meet the requirements set forth by the SDBTP. The electronic seal and signature must be unique to the licensee, verifiable, and under the sole control of the licensee. The use of electronic seals and signatures does not negate the requirements for proper signing and sealing of engineering documents.
  3. Out-of-State Licensees: Professional engineers licensed in other states must obtain a South Dakota PE license through comity or reciprocity to practice engineering in South Dakota and use the South Dakota PE stamp on their documents. The SDBTP has specific requirements for out-of-state licensees seeking to obtain a South Dakota PE license, including education, experience, and examination requirements.
  4. Stamp Ownership: The PE stamp is the property of the licensee and must be under their control at all times. It is the licensee’s responsibility to prevent unauthorized use of their stamp and to report any lost or stolen stamps to the SDBTP immediately.
  5. Stamp Usage: The PE stamp should only be used on documents that have been prepared by the licensee or under their direct supervision. The licensee is responsible for ensuring that all documents bearing their seal are accurate, complete, and comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards. Misuse of the stamp, such as sealing documents not prepared by the licensee or under their direct supervision, may result in disciplinary action by the SDBTP, including fines, suspension, or revocation of the PE license.
  6. Retention of Sealed Documents: South Dakota regulations require that licensees maintain a record of all documents bearing their seal for a minimum of six years following the date of sealing. These records must be made available to the SDBTP upon request and may be used in the event of a complaint or disciplinary action against the licensee.
  7. Professional Conduct: South Dakota PEs are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics. This includes maintaining competency in their field of practice, avoiding conflicts of interest, and promptly reporting any violations of the South Dakota PE laws and regulations to the SDBTP.

By adhering to these requirements and staying informed about any updates or changes to the South Dakota PE stamp regulations, professional engineers can ensure compliance with state laws and maintain the integrity of their professional work. Regular review of the relevant SDCL and ARSD sections and the SDBTP website is essential for staying current with the latest requirements and guidelines.

For more detailed information, please refer to the official website of the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions at

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