Illinois Architecture License
Licensing requirements for Illinois architects and firms.
This page provides an overview of architecture licensing in Illinois 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.
Illinois Architecture Company Licenses
Illinois Professional Design Firm Registration
Authority to transact business in Illinois must be obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office prior to registering with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Expires on April 30 of every odd year.
Renewal notices are mailed 2 months prior to the expiration date.
Within 2-4 weeks of changes.
|Original Ink:||Not required|
Notify the board and supply documentation when firm information changes.
$75 for each renewal period missed + $50 late fee
Send the board a letter requesting reinstatement along with the appropriate fees. If the license has been expired for 5 or more years, the license holder should apply for a new license.
Illinois Individual Architecture Licenses
Illinois Architect License
This section applies to architects that are applying for a license in Illinois for the first time.
$100 application fee + $100 exam fee. Every 3 years you must re-apply.
This section applies to architects licensed in another state that are looking for reciprocal licensure in Illinois.
This section applies to architects that are already licensed in Illinois and need to renew their license.
By November 30 of even-numbered years.
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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