Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects


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Contact Information

Physical address:
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23230-4917

Phone: Licensing: (804) 367-8506
Fax: (866) 465-6206

Web: Home Name search
Email: apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects 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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Virginia Architect License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Fact Checked:8/11/19
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Required
State-specific exam:Required

Initial Registration

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

Form:http://www.dpor.virginia.gov
Agency Fee:

$75 application fee + $75 exam fee. This is the fee for the Board application only - it does Not include and NCARB registration or ARE fees.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$55

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:8/10/19

Virginia Business Entity Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Entity Branch Office Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Branch Office Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Business Entity Branch Office Application (Reinstatement)

Agency Fee:

$80 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Virginia Business Entity Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Law:

VA Code § 54.1-411

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • No licensure requirements for officers, but at least one full-time employee or resident principal licensed or certified in each profession offered or practiced at each branch must provide effective supervision and control of the final professional product.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • No licensure requirements for members, but at least one full-time employee or resident principal licensed or certified in each profession offered or practiced at each branch must provide effective supervision and control of the final professional product.

Partnerships:

  • No licensure requirements for partners, but at least one full-time employee or resident principal licensed or certified in each profession offered or practiced at each branch must provide effective supervision and control of the final professional product.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Business Entity Application

Instructions:

Mail to:

  • Virginia State Corporation Commission
    P.O. Box 1197
    Richmond, Virginia 23218 
Agency Fee:

$100

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • For each of the professional services performed by the firm, identify a Virginia licensed design professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Virginia.

Foreign Applicants:

  • For each of the professional services performed by the firm, identify a Virginia licensed design professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Virginia.
  • Obtain certified copies of the entity's formation documents from its home state including all amendments and mergers to be filed with foreign qualification documents. The certified copies must be dated within 1 year of the date of filing foreign qualification documents in Virginia.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with Virginia State Corporation Commission.
  2. Submit a Business Entity Registration Application with the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects. Include a copy of the entity's formation certificate and organizational documents (bylaws and charter if a corporation, partnership agreement if a partnership). If using a trade or fictitious name, also include a copy of the certificate filed with the State Corporation Commission to register the name.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with Virginia State Corporation Commission.
  2. Submit a Business Entity Registration Application with the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects. Include a copy of the entity's foreign qualification certificate and, if a corporation, the entity's articles of incorporation, bylaws, and charter. If using a trade or fictitious name, also include a copy of the certificate filed with the State Corporation Commission to register the name.
Required Attachments:
  • Partnerships must include:
    • A copy of the partnership agreement including a statement that all professional services of the partnership shall be under the direct control and personal supervision of a licensed or certified professional.
  • Limited Partnerships must include:
    • A copy of the partnership agreement that shall include a statement that all professional services of the partnership shall be under the direct control and supervision of a licensed or certified professional; and
    • A copy of the certificate of limited partnership filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
    • If a foreign limited partnership, a copy of the certificate of registration of the foreign limited partnership filed with the the Virginia State Corporation Commission shall be required in lieu of the certificate of
      limited partnership.
  • Corporations must include:
    • If a domestic corporation, a certified copy of the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and charter. filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission
    • If a foreign corporation:
      • A copy of the certificate of authority filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission shall be required in lieu of the certificate of incorporation. 
      • A certified copy of the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and charter.
  • Limited Liability Companies must include:
    • If a domestic limited liability company, a copy of the certificate of organization filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission
    • If a foreign limited liability company, a copy of the certificate of authority filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. 
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Entity Registration Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Business Entity Registration Application (Reinstatement)

Agency Fee:

$150 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $300 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Virginia Engineer-in-Training Designation

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:7/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

EIT Designation Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:11/2/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Virginia Interior Designer Certification

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

CID Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$45

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

CID Certificate Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$45

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of initial certification.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Virginia Land Surveyor B License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

LS-B License Application

Agency Fee:

$90

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

LS and LS-B License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Virginia Land Surveyor License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

LS License Application

Agency Fee:

$90

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

LS and LS-B License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Virginia Landscape Architect License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Form:

LA License Application

Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Form:

LA License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$110

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Virginia Professional Corporation Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Corporation Branch Office Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Branch Office Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Corporation Branch Office Application (Reinstatement)

Agency Fee:

$55 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Virginia Professional Corporation Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Law:

VA Code § 54.1-411

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Professional Corporations
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Domestic Professional Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the capital stock must be held by persons duly licensed to render the services of architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, surveyor photogrammetrist, landscape architect, or to individuals legally authorized to use the title of certified interior designer.
  • The remainder of the stock may be issued only to and held by individuals who are employees of the corporation.
  • At least 2/3 of the Board of Directors shall be licensed to render the services of architect, professional engineer, land surveyor (including surveyor photogrammetrist), landscape architect, or duly certified to use the title of certified interior designer, or any combination thereof.
  • At least one director currently licensed or certified in each profession offered or practiced shall be resident at the business to provide effective supervision and control of the final professional product.
  • Joint ownership of corporate stock is not allowed.

Foreign Professional Corporations:

  • At least 2/3 of the Board of Directors shall be licensed to render the services of architect, professional engineer, land surveyor (including surveyor photogrammetrist), landscape architect, or duly certified to use the title of certified interior designer, or any combination thereof.
  • At least one director currently licensed or certified in each profession offered or practiced shall be resident at the business to provide effective supervision and control of the final professional product.

 

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Corporation Application

Agency Fee:

$30

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • For each of the professional services performed by the firm, identify a Virginia licensed design professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Virginia.
  • Obtain certified copies of the corporation's articles of incorporation, bylaws, and charter to submit with the license application.
  • Check the ownership requirements and ensure that the entity is in compliance with all relevant rules regarding ownership.

Foreign Applicants:

  • For each of the professional services performed by the firm, identify a Virginia licensed design professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Virginia.
  • Check the ownership requirements and ensure that the entity is in compliance with all relevant rules regarding ownership.
  • Obtain certified copies of the entity's formation documents from its home state including all amendments and mergers to be filed with foreign qualification documents. The certified copies must be dated within 1 year of the date of filing foreign qualification documents in Virginia.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File articles of incorporation with State Corporation Commission.
  2. Submit a Professional Corporation Application with the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects along with certified copies of the corporation's articles of incorporation, bylaws, and charter.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a certificate of authority application with State Corporation Commission.
  2. Submit a Professional Corporation Application with the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects along with certified copies of the corporation's articles of incorporation, bylaws, and charter, and certificate of authority.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Entity Registration Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Corporation Application

Agency Fee:

$125 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $275 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Virginia Professional Engineer License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Allow Digital Signatures?Yes
Digital Signature Guidelines:

See digital sealing guidelines.

Allow Digital Sealing?Yes
Digital Sealing Guidelines:

C. An electronic seal, signature, and date are permitted to be used in lieu of an original seal, signature, and date when the following criteria, and all other requirements of this section, are met:

  1. It is a unique identification of the professional;
  2. It is verifiable; and
  3. It is under the professional's direct control.

18 VAC 10-20-760

Fact Checked:5/13/21

Initial Registration

Form:

PE License Application

Agency Fee:

$60

Fact Checked:5/20/21

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$80

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:5/20/21

Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company Branch Office Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Limited Liability Company Branch Office Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Branch Office Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By February 28 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Limited Liability Company Branch Office Application (Reinstatement)

Agency Fee:

$80 for licenses expired for 30 days or more.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company Registration

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Law:

VA Code § 54.1-411

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies
Ownership Requirements:

Domestic Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least 2/3 of the membership interests shall be held by individuals duly licensed or professional business entities legally authorized to render the services of architects, professional engineers, land surveyors, surveyor photogrammetrists, landscape architects, or by individuals or professional business entities legally authorized to use the title of certified interior designer.

Foreign Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • Foreign PLLCs must meet every requirement of § 13.1-1111 of the Code of Virginia except for the requirement that two-thirds of its members and managers be licensed or certified to perform the professional service in this Commonwealth.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Limited Liability Company Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • For each of the professional services performed by the firm, identify a Virginia licensed design professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Virginia.
  • Obtain certified copies of the LLC's certificate of organization to be filed with the license application.
  • Check the ownership requirements and ensure that the entity is in compliance with all relevant rules regarding ownership.

Foreign Applicants:

  • For each of the professional services performed by the firm, identify a Virginia licensed design professional to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Virginia.
  • Obtain certified copies of the entity's formation documents from its home state including all amendments and mergers to be filed with foreign qualification documents. The certified copies must be dated within 1 year of the date of filing foreign qualification documents in Virginia.
  • Check the ownership requirements and ensure that the entity is in compliance with all relevant rules regarding ownership.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File certificate of organization with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
  2. Submit a Professional Limited Liability Company Application with the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects along with certified copies of the LLC's certificate of organization and either the articles of organization or operating agreement.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File a certificate of authority application with State Corporation Commission.
  2. Submit a Professional Limited Liability Company Application with the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects along with certified copies of the LLC's certificate of organization, articles of organization or operating agreement, and certificate of authority.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Entity Registration Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

No forms are provided for amendments; instead firms should submit updates to their registration via mail.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Limited Liability Company Application (Reinstatement)

Agency Fee:

$150 for licenses expired for at least 6 months but less than 5 years and $300 for licenses expired for more than 5 years.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Virginia Surveyor Photogrammetrist License

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

SP License Application

Agency Fee:

$90

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

SP License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Virginia Surveyor-in-Training Designation

Agency:Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:6/4/19

Initial Registration

Form:

SIT Designation Application

Agency Fee:

$60

Fact Checked:6/3/19

Renewal Not Required

Not required



The EIT designation remains valid indefinitely.

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