now. Furthermore, applying for an architect license without the proper supporting documentation may result in
costly delays. Let LicenseLogix determine whether you need any licenses and then streamline the process of obtaining them!
Most states issue licenses to architectural firms through their Board of Architecture which may be combined with their State Board for Professional Engineering, Land Surveying, and/or
Interior Design. These states may also have unique name requirements which may limit the names under which an architectural firm may provide services. Architectural/Design Firm
license applications may be denied if your firm name conflicts with the specific requirements of a state.
Generally, the first step in applying for an architectural firm license is to comply with the name requirements which may require registration of a DBA (“doing business as”). The
second step is to obtain an individual architect’s license in the appropriate state for your “Designated Architect” who will qualify your firm for a license. To do so, the individual
may be required to take an examination or qualify by reciprocity with a state in which they are already licensed. The final step is to apply for your Architectural Firm License or
Registration. The application will usually require a fee, ranging from about $50 to $150 as well as attachments such as copies of licenses and various corporate documents. Once the
license is issued, renewals are required to be filed either annually or biennially, varying by state.
If an unlicensed architectural firm or an architectural firm with an expired license is operating in a state that requires licensure, it may be subject to harsh fines and/or
suspension or even revocation of any individual licenses held by principles of the firm.