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
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.

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

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.

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.

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

Notes:

Criminal Records Information 

Provide 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 180 days of the date the application is submitted.

For applicants living, working, or completing training/studies in Pennsylvania, request your CHRC from the Pennsylvania State Police at https://epatch.state.pa.us.  For individuals living, working, or completing training/studies outside of Pennsylvania during the past five (5) years, in lieu of obtaining individual state background checks, you may elect to provide BOTH a state CHRC from the state in which you currently reside, AND your FBI Identity History Summary Check, available at https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks.

Please note: For applicants currently living, working, or completing training/studies in California, Arizona, or Ohio: Due to the laws of these states, the Board is not an eligible recipient of CHRC's or your CHRC will not be issued to you for upload to the Board. Please obtain your Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Identity History Summary Check, available at the link noted above.

 

Naming Approvals

When the applicant receives the approval letter from the Board for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application. The Board cannot issue a registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board. Questions about entity filings should be directed to the Corporation Bureau, Department of State, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-1057.

Ficticious Name/ DBA

When the applicant receives the approval letter for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application. The Board cannot issue a registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board. Questions about entity filings should be directed to the Corporation Bureau, Department of State, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-1057.

 

 

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.
  • When the applicant receives the approval letter for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application. The Board cannot issue a registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board.
  • When the applicant receives the approval letter from the Board for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application. The Board cannot issue a registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board.
  • 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), and 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.
  • When the applicant receives the approval letter for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application. The Board cannot issue a registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board.
  • When the applicant receives the approval letter from the Board for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application. The Board cannot issue registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board.
  • 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.
Required Attachments:
  • Corporations:
    • For Pennsylvania corporations--a photocopy of the approved articles of incorporation. 
    • For out of state corporations--a photocopy of the foreign registration statement to do business as a foreign corporation.
    •  If the corporation is doing business under a fictitious name, also include a photocopy of the approved fictitious name registration. The corporation’s name must specifically appear on the fictitious name registration.
  • Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships:
    • For Pennsylvania companies and partnerships--a photocopy of the approved certificate of registration. . 
    •  For out of state companies and partnerships --a photocopy of the certificate of authority to do business as a foreign limited liability company or partnership.
    • If the Limited Liability Company or Partnership is doing business under a fictitious name, also include a photocopy of the approved fictitious name registration. The Limited Liability Company or Partnership’s name must specifically appear on the fictitious name registration.
  • When the applicant receives the approval letter for the firm name or fictitious name, submit a copy to the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau with your Corporation Bureau filing application.
    • The Board cannot issue registration until after the applicant has submitted approved documents from the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau. The Corporation Bureau will issue documents to the applicant indicating the firm has been registered with that Bureau. Submit a copy of the Corporation Bureau approval documents to the Board so the firm can be registered with the Board. Questions about entity filings should be directed to the Corporation Bureau, Department of State, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-1057
  • Provide a copy of the proposed 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. "Principal" means an officer, principal stockholder or person having a substantial interest in or management responsibility for an architectural practice. Please note the letterhead must be used for any correspondence for projects in Pennsylvania.
  • Verification of out-of-state (other than Pennsylvania) licensed professionals who hold a current license and in good standing. Certification of Licensure/Registration must be provided by the state or jurisdiction in which the individual holds a license and must be sent directly to the Board Office.  

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years. Renewals may typically be filed 30-60 days prior to the expiration date.

Notes:

Renewal notices are sent via email approximately 2 months prior to the expiration date.

Required Attachments:
  • List of directors, officers, managers, or members of the firm
  • For PCs, a list of holders of voting stock or voting interest

Amendment

Form:

Amendment Application for Firm Registration

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Reinstatement

Agency Fee:

$130

Notes:

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

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