Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

Missouri Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Missouri.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Missouri 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.

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Missouri Architecture Company Licenses

Missouri Corporate Certificate of Authority (Architecture)

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Law:

MO R.S. 327.401.2

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint a Missouri licensed individual, who is a full-time employee, to be responsible for the firm's practice of architecture in Missouri.

Domestic Professional Corporations:

  • All of the shareholders, officers (other than the secretary), and directors must be licensed in a professional service performed by the PC.

Foreign Professional Corporations:

  • All of the shareholders, at least a majority of the directors and all the officers other than the secretary and treasurer must be licensed in a professional service performed by the PC. 

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members and managers need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint a Missouri licensed individual, who is a full-time employee, to be responsible for the firm's practice of architecture in Missouri.
Notes:

Partnerships, including LPs and LLPs, are not required to obtain a certificate of authority (license) from the Board since its members are subject to Board regulation.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company for LLCs.

Agency Fee:

$200

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Missouri licensed architect to act as the licensed managing agent of the firm's architectural practice in Missouri.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Missouri entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify a Missouri licensed architect to act as the licensed managing agent of the firm's architectural practice in Missouri.
  • 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 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Order a Missouri certificate of good standing by using the entity search feature on the Secretary of State website.
  3. File an Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company with the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
  2. Order a Missouri certificate of good standing by using the entity search feature on the Secretary of State website.
  3. File an Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority or Application for Corporate Certificate of Authority - Limited Liability Company with the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Licenses originally issued in even-numbered years expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year and licenses originally issued in odd-numbered years expire on December 31 of each odd-numbered year.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

There is no amendment form, simply notify the board of changes and send updated documentation.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Missouri Corporate Certificate of Authority (Landscape Architecture)

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

There are no license requirements for ownership in Missouri.

Fact Checked:12/12/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Licenses originally issued in even-numbered years expire on December 31 of each even-numbered year and licenses originally issued in odd-numbered years expire on December 31 of each odd-numbered year.

Fact Checked:12/12/18

Missouri Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Missouri does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Missouri Individual Architecture Licenses

Missouri Architect License

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape 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 Missouri for the first time.

Form:http://pr.mo.gov/architects-application-forms.asp
Agency Fee:

$100 application fee. No exam fee.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licenses originally issued in an even year expire every even-numbered year and licenses originally issued in an odd year expire every odd-numbered year.

Missouri Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Missouri Division of Professional Registration - Interior Design Council
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration of Interior Designers

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By August 31 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Missouri Professional Landscape Architect License

Agency:Missouri Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure as a Professional Landscape Architect

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Licenses issued in odd-numbered years renew during odd-numbered years and licenses issued during even-numbered years renew during even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

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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