Alabama Architecture License

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Licensing requirements for Alabama architects and firms.

This page provides an overview of architecture licensing in Alabama for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Alabama Architecture Company Licenses

Alabama Certificate of Authorization to Practice Architecture

Agency:Alabama Board for Registration of Architects

Ala. Code § 34-2-1, et seq. 

Ownership Requirements:

A minimum of two-thirds of those responsible for controlling the activities of the entity (including officers, partners, directors, members, and others depending on the legal structure of the entity) must be voting stockholders who are architects and/or professional engineers registered under the laws of any United States jurisdiction.

Initial Registration

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


Application for a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to Practice Architecture in the State of Alabama


Architects Handbook

Agency fee:



Registration Renewal

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

Filing method:

File online. A renewal link will appear on the board's website during the renewal period.

Agency fee:



Annually by April 30.


Agency fee:



Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.


Notify the board via email with changes to firm information.


Agency fee:

$460, which includes a $250 reinstatement application fee, $135 registration renewal fee, and $75 late penalty.


There is no reinstatement application. Instead, submit a new license application with the renewal and penalty fees.

Alabama Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required

Licenses are not issued at the state level for landscape architect firms in Alabama, but individual landscape architects must include firm information in their license application.

More information: Alabama Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

Individual Licenses

Alabama Individual Architecture Licenses

Alabama Architect License

Agency:Alabama Board for Registration of Architects
NCARB Certificate:Required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Not required
State-specific exam:Not required

Initial Registration

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

Agency fee:

$0 application fee + $10 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency fee:


Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:



Annually by December 31.

Learn about architecture licensing in other states:

ARE (Architect Registration Examination) - Assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required to be a practicing architect.

AXP (Architectural Experience Program) - NCARB program for architectural internship, a requirement for licensure that occurs after filling the educational requirements.

BEFA (Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect) - An alternative NCARB certification that allows foreign architects to independently practice architecture.

COA (Certificate of Authorization) - The most common name of the registration required for firms to practice architecture in a given state.

Design Firm - Architectural firm registration is sometimes grouped with engineering and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

NCARB Certification - Licensed architects have the option to become Certificate holders to signify that they have met national standards established by U.S. licensing boards for protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Certification also facilitates reciprocal registration in all 54 jurisdictions, 11 Canadian jurisdictions, and can be used to support an application for licensure in other countries.

Reciprocity - This is when a licensed architect in one state can provide documentation (often a NCARB certificate) to more easily apply for licensure in another jurisdiction.

State Board - Often referred to as the State Architects Licensure Board or Board of Architects, an individual state’s board serves as the regulatory authority for architects. The board qualifies and licenses individuals seeking architectural licensure. The board is responsible for preserving the public health, safety, and welfare of individuals who occupy built environments.

National Architecture Accrediting Board
NAAB establishes criteria for and accredits professional architecture degree programs in the United States.

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
AIAS is an independent, student-run group that promotes excellence in architecture education, training, and practice.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA is a voluntary professional organization for architects providing advocacy, information, and community.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
ACSA represents architectural education programs across the globe.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
NCARB is the national organization representing the state registration boards.

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