Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners


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Contact Information

Physical address:
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-1142

Phone: 615-741-3221, 1-800-256-5758
Fax: 615-532-9410

Web: Home Name search Forms
Email: ce.aeboard@tn.gov

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering 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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Tennesee Interior Design Firm License

Not required



Interior Design Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Tennessee.

Tennessee does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

More information: Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Tennessee Architect License

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
NCARB Certificate:Required
Completion of CE/PDH: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 Tennessee for the first time.

Form:Architect Application
Agency Fee:

$30 exam fee, inclusive of initial registration fee

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$55

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Tennessee Corporation, Partnership and Firm Disclosure (Architecture)

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Law:

TN Ann Code § 62-2-601

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Corporations must appoint a Tennessee licensed architect to be responsible for all architectural activities undertaken by the firm in Tennessee, and the responsible individual must either have the authority to make independent design decisions or be an officer of the firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders (unless otherwise authorized by the board of architects), officers (excluding secretary and treasurer), and at least 1/2 of the directors must be licensed in a professional service provided by the PC.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • LLCs must appoint a Tennessee licensed architect to be responsible for all architectural activities undertaken by the firm in Tennessee, and the responsible individual must either have the authority to make independent design decisions or be a manager of the firm.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members (unless otherwise authorized by the board of architects), managers (excluding secretary and treasurer), and at least 1/2 of the governors, if any, must be licensed in a professional service provided by the PLLC.

Partnerships:

  • Partnerships must appoint a Tennessee licensed architect to be responsible for all architectural activities undertaken by the firm in Tennessee, and the responsible individual must either have the authority to make independent design decisions or be a partner of the firm.
Notes:

Tennessee does not issue firm licenses, but architectural firms must file the Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure form.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure

Agency Fee:

$0

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Tennessee licensed architect, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's architectural activities in Tennessee.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Tennessee licensed architect, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's architectural activities in Tennessee.
  • 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 2 months old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services.
  2. File a Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure with the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services.
  2. File a Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure with the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Firm disclosures do not need to be renewed, however, firms must notify the board within 60 days if a change occurs to the information listed on the disclosure.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Notify the board in writing within 60 days of any changes in firm information.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:11/5/19

Tennessee Corporation, Partnership and Firm Disclosure (Engineering)

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Law:

Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-2-601

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Corporations must appoint a Tennessee licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm in Tennessee, and the responsible individual must either have the authority to make independent design decisions or be an officer of the firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders (unless otherwise authorized by the board of engineers), officers (excluding secretary and treasurer), and at least 1/2 of the directors must be licensed in a professional service provided by the PC.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • LLCs must appoint a Tennessee licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm in Tennessee, and the responsible individual must either have the authority to make independent design decisions or be a manager of the firm.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members (unless otherwise authorized by the board of engineers), managers (excluding secretary and treasurer), and at least 1/2 of the governors, if any, must be licensed in a professional service provided by the PLLC.

Partnerships:

  • Partnerships must appoint a Tennessee licensed engineer to be responsible for all engineering activities undertaken by the firm in Tennessee, and the responsible individual must either have the authority to make independent design decisions or be a partner of the firm.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Tennessee does not issue firm licenses, but engineering firms must file the Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure form.

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify a Tennessee licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in Tennessee.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify a Tennessee licensed engineer, who is a full-time employee, to be in responsible charge of the firm's engineering activities in Tennessee.
  • 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 2 months old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services.
  2. File a Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure with the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services.
  2. File a Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure with the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Firm disclosures do not need to be renewed, however, firms must notify the board within 60 days if a change occurs to the information listed on the disclosure.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Notify the board in writing within 60 days of any changes in firm information.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Tennessee Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure (Landscape Architecture)

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Fact Checked:5/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Corporation, Partnership, and Firm Disclosure

Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal Not Required

Not required



No renewal form is required, however, firms must notify the board within 60 days if a change occurs to the information listed on the disclosure.

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Notify the board in writing within 60 days of any changes in firm information.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Tennessee Engineer Intern Certification

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$15

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Tennessee Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$55

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Tennessee Landscape Architect Registration

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$30 application fee + exam fees

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Tennessee Professional Engineer Registration

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

Subject to the requirements of this rule, the registrant may affix an electronically generated signature and date of signature to documents. When used, electronic signatures and dates of signature shall be placed either across the face and beyond the circumference of the seal or adjacent to the seal. Documents that are signed using a digital signature must have an electronic authentication process attached to or logically associated with the electronic document. The digital signature must be:

  1. Unique to the individual using it;
  2. Capable of verification;
  3. Under the sole control of the individual using it; and
  4. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature is invalidated if any data in the document is changed.

Tennessee Rules and Regulations 0120-02-.08

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

Subject to the requirements of this rule, rubber-stamp, embossed, transparent selfadhesive or electronically generated seals may be used. Such stamps or seals shall not include the registrant’s signature or date of signature.

Tennessee Rules and Regulations 0120-02-.08

Fact Checked:5/13/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Engineer Exam Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:5/20/21

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$140

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of initial licensure.

Fact Checked:5/20/21

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