Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board


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Contact Information

Physical address:
One Penn Center, 2601 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Phone: (717) 783-3397
Fax: (717) 705-5540

Web: Home Name search Forms
Email: St-Architect@pa.gov

Notes: Drop-Off Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 pm (M-F)

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board 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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Pennsylvania Architect License

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

Initial Registration

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

Form:Calling Board Office 717-783-3397 Download from websitehttp://www.dos.state.pa.us/arch
Agency Fee:

$40.00 application fee + $30.00 exam fee only when applicant does 0T have an NAAB Degree.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

With NCARB Certification $30.00 - Without $50.00

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Pennsylvania Firm Registration

Agency:Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board
Law:

PA Stat Title 63 § 34.13

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 are licensed in a state to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture.
  • At least 1/3 of the directors is licensed in a state to practice architecture.
  • At least one director is a licensee of the Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board.
  • At least 2/3 of all classes of voting stock issued and outstanding at any one time are owned by architects, engineers or landscape architects.
  • At least 1/3 of each class of voting stock issued and outstanding at any one time are owned by individuals licensed in a state to practice architecture.

Professional Corporations:

  • Every shareholder is licensed in a state to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture.
  • At least one shareholder is a licensee of the Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 2/3 of the members if managed by members or at least two-thirds of the managers if managed by managers are licensed under the laws of any state to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture.
  • At least 1/3 of the members if managed by members or at least one-third of the managers if managed by managers are licensed under the laws of any state to practice architecture.
  • At least one member or manager is a licensee of the Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board.
  • At least 2/3 of all classes of voting membership at any one time shall be owned by an individual or individuals licensed under the laws of any state to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture.
  • At least 1/3 of all classes of voting membership at any one time shall be owned by an individual or individuals licensed under the laws of any state to practice architecture.

Partnerships:

  • At least 2/3 of the partners are licensed in a state to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture.
  • At least 1/3 of the partners is licensed in a state to practice architecture.
  • At least one partner is a licensee of the Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board.

Professional Associations:

  • At least 2/3 of the members of the board of governors are licensed in a state to practice architecture, engineering or landscape architecture.
  • At least 1/3 of the members of the board of governors is licensed in a state to practice architecture.
  • At least one member is a licensee of the Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board.

NOTE: A partnership, professional association, corporation, limited liability company or limited liability partnership engaged in the practice of architecture having fewer than three partners, governors, shareholders or directors, members or managers under this section shall have at least one partner, governor, shareholder or director, member or manager who is an individual duly certified to practice architecture in the Commonwealth.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • A copy of the proposed company letterhead displaying the full firm name, including the corporate designator, fictitious name (if applicable), names of the principals, followed by credentials indicating their respective professions, which must be permanently imprinted, as well as the word “architect” or some derivation thereof as part of the name of the business, or as a subtitle thereto.
  • A recent Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) from the state police or other state agency that is the official repository for criminal history record information for every state in which you have lived, worked, or completed professional training/studies for the past five (5) years. The report(s) must be dated within 90 days of the date the application is submitted.
  • A PALS account must be created or accessed in order to begin filing. 

Foreign Applicants:

  • A copy of the proposed company letterhead displaying the full firm name, including the corporate designator, fictitious name (if applicable), names of the principals, followed by credentials indicating their respective professions, which must be permanently imprinted, as well as the word “architect” or some derivation thereof as part of the name of the business, or as a subtitle thereto.
  • A recent Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) from the state police or other state agency that is the official repository for criminal history record information for every state in which you have lived, worked, or completed professional training/studies for the past five (5) years. The report(s) must be dated within 90 days of the date the application is submitted.
  • A letter of good standing from the relevant state's board of architects showing that the out-of-state licensed professionals listed on the application have active licenses in their home state
  • A PALS account must be created or accessed in order to begin filing. 
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Submit an architecture firm license application online through the PALS system. A criminal history check and the proposed company letterhead must be submitted with the application.
  2. Register your business entity and fictitious name(s) with the Pennsylvania Department of State. For businesses with some form of 'Architect' in their name, the board of architects will provide a letter of name approval which must be submitted with the Department of State filings.
  3. Submit a copy of the approved entity formation documents (including fictitious name approval documents) to the Architects Licensure Board.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Submit an architecture firm license application online through the PALS system. A criminal history check and the proposed company letterhead must be submitted with the application. Out-of-state firms must also submit letter(s) of good standing for each individual owners' architect license to show that they are in good standing.
  2. Register your business entity and fictitious name(s) with the Pennsylvania Department of State. For businesses with some form of 'Architect' in their name, the board of architects will provide a letter of name approval which must be submitted with the Department of State filings.
  3. Submit a copy of the approved foreign entity registration documents (including fictitious name approval documents) to the Architects Licensure Board.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Online Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of odd numbered years.

Required Attachments:
  • List of directors, officers, managers, or members of the firm
  • For PCs, a list of holders of voting stock or voting interest
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Amendment Application for Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Agency Fee:

$130

Notes:

A reactivation form must be requested via email or by calling the board.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

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