Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

Oklahoma Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Oklahoma.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Oklahoma 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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Oklahoma Architecture Company Licenses

Oklahoma Architecture Certificate of Authority

Agency:Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers
Law:

OK Stat. § 59-46.9

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

Business Corporations:

  • At least one of the officers, directors, or principals must be an Oklahoma licensed architect.

Professional Corporations:

  • All incorporators and shareholders must be licensed in a professional service provided by the firm. 

Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one of the members or managers must be an Oklahoma licensed architect.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All members and managers must be licensed in a professional service provided by the firm.

Partnerships:

  • At least one of the partners must be an Oklahoma licensed architect.

Professional Limited Partnerships:

  • All partners must be licensed in a professional service provided by the firm.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:

$325

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify an Oklahoma licensed architect to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Oklahoma.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Oklahoma entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify an Oklahoma licensed architect to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Oklahoma.
  • 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.
  • Obtain a copy of your home state entity formation documents to submit with the license application.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. If the name of the entity will contain some form of the word "architect", first obtain a letter of name approval from the Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers.
  2. File entity formation documents with the Oklahoma Secretary of State - Business Filing Department.
  3. File an Application for Certificate of Authority with the Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your entity will need to foreign qualify in Oklahoma. If not required, skip to number 4.
  2. If the name of the entity will contain some form of the word "architect", first obtain a letter of name approval from the Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers.
  3. File foreign qualification documents with the Oklahoma Secretary of State - Business Filing Department.
  4. File an Application for Certificate of Authority with the Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Certificate of Authority Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$325

Due:

Biennially by June 30 of odd numbered years.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Reinstatement

Form:

Certificate of Authority Reinstatement Application

Agency Fee:

$225 reinstatement fee + $325 renewal fee.

Notes:

Licenses that have been expired for longer than 3 years cannot be reinstated and the licensee should instead apply for a new license.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Oklahoma Interior Design Certificate of Title

Agency:Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers
Fact Checked:11/18/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Title Application - Interior Design

Agency Fee:

$325

Fact Checked:11/17/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Certificate of Title Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$325

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/17/19

Oklahoma Landscape Architecture Certificate of Authority

Agency:Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers
Fact Checked:10/10/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authority Application - Landscape Architecture

Agency Fee:

$325

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:10/10/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Firm Renewal

Agency Fee:

$325

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:10/10/19

Individual Licenses

Oklahoma Individual Architecture Licenses

Oklahoma Architect License

Agency:Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Not 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 Oklahoma for the first time.

Form:http://www.ok.gov/architects
Agency Fee:

$100.00 application fee + $50.00 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$325

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Oklahoma Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Registered Interior Designer Application

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $325 registration fee

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$325

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Oklahoma Landscape Architect License

Agency:Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Landscape Architect Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $325 license fee due after board approval.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$325

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal notices are sent in the mail and should be returned along with the renewal fee.

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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