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Apply for an Original License - Architects

Please read ALL requirements and instructions before proceeding with the application process.


Requirements: Candidates must:

  1. Have completed the Intern Development Program (IDP). The average duration of the IDP is three years. For information on IDP requirements, contact NCARB at 202-783-6500.
  2. Have passed the A.R.E.(Architect Registration Examination)

Application process

To apply for the Architectural Registration Examination (A.R.E.), see the Exams feature on our website.

Applications that are completed on the Friday before the next Board meeting will be submitted to the Board for consideration. Once approved for examination, the applicant will be directly notified and receive an Authorization to Take the Test (ATT) form, a Bulletin of Information, and a list of the test center locations. The Bulletin contains all the information needed to understand how to self-schedule and pay for all parts of the examination.

License Period: Two-year period from the date of issuance.