Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners


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Contact Information

Physical address:
205 Liberty St. NE Suite A
Salem, OR 97301

Phone: (503) 763-0662
Fax: (503) 364-0510

Web: Home Name search Forms

Notes: Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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Oregon Architect License

Agency:Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Fact Checked:8/11/19
Interview:Required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Not required
State-specific exam:Required

Initial Registration

This section applies to architects that are applying for a license in Oregon for the first time.

Form:http://orbae.com/download-your-form/
Agency Fee:

$75-$150 application fee + $75 exam fee

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Reciprocal Registration

This section applies to architects licensed in another state that are looking for reciprocal licensure in Oregon.

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architects that are already licensed in Oregon and need to renew their license.

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Registrations ending with an even number renew every even-numbered year and registrations ending with an odd number renew every odd-numbered year.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Oregon Architectural Firm Registration

Agency:Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners
Law:

OAR § 806-010-0080

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the directors must be licensed architects or engineers.
  • At least 1/3 of the directors must be licensed architects
  • At least 1 director must be an Oregon licensed architect.
  • If a corporation was in continuous existence since September 29, 1991, and at least 51 percent of the corporation is owned by an Oregon registered architect or engineer, the corporation is exempt from typical ownership requirements, but must still meet all other architectural firm name requirements.

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the directors must be licensed architects or engineers.
    At least 1/3 of the directors must be licensed architects
    At least 1 director must be an Oregon licensed architect.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 2/3 of the members must be licensed architects or engineers and represent at least 2/3 of the ownership interest in the partnership.
  • At least 1/3 of the members must be licensed architects.
  • At least 1 member must be an Oregon licensed architect.

Partnerships:

  • At least 2/3 of the partners must be licensed architects or engineers and represent at least 2/3 of the ownership interest in the partnership.
  • At least 1/3 of the partners must be licensed architects.
  • At least 1 partner must be an Oregon licensed architect.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural firms that are applying for a license in Oregon for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Architectural Firm Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Name Requirements

  • The firm name, or the assumed business name, must be identified as being engaged in the practice of architecture such as "Architects," "An Architectural P.C.," or "Architecture and Planning"
  • The firm may use the plural form of architect in its name only if the firm has more than one individual architect actively registered in any Board recognized jurisdiction
  • The name may only include the surname of any person presently or previously associated in the practice of architecture or engineering in any jurisdiction recognized by the Board with the named entity or its members or predecessors
  • When wording is used to suggest the existence of additional principals, directors, partners or associates, such as "Associated," "Group," "& Associates," or "Partners," the reference must be to existing persons currently or previously within the firm
  • The firm name may contain numbers as long as it is not misleading to the public, i.e., “Three Oregon Architects” must have three architects registered in Oregon
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify an Oregon licensed architect to act as the firm representative in charge of the firm's professional activities in Oregon.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Oregon entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify an Oregon licensed architect to act as the firm representative in charge of the firm's professional activities in Oregon.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Obtain a certificate of existence from the Secretary of State to file with your license application.
  3. File a Architectural Firm Application with the Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Obtain a certificate of existence from the Secretary of State to file with your license application.
  3. File a Architectural Firm Application with the Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architectural firms that are already licensed in Oregon and need to renew their license.

Instructions:

Registered firms will receive a renewal notice, through e-mail, in December.

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 31.

Required Attachments:
  • List of directors, members, or partners of the firm including addresses and license numbers
  • Disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against individuals with an interest in the firm (if applicable)
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Contact Information Change Form

Due:

Within 60 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

A change of firm name requires that you reapply.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

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