Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to Architects

What are the functions of the Board of Architecture and Interior Design?

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design regulates architects, registered interior designers, threshold inspectors and architect business organizations.

What are the statutes and rules that govern Architecture and Interior Design?

Chapter 481, Part I, of the Florida Statutes and Rule 61G1, of the Florida Administrative Code.

Where can I obtain the laws and rules of the Board?

The laws and rules may be obtained on the Board’s Statutes and Rules page. If you need further assistance, you may call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

When and where is the next board meeting?

The dates and locations are available through the board office or online.  You may check the board’s Board Meeting Information page for exact dates and locations.

Where can I obtain a copy of the board meeting agenda or past minutes?

Agendas for upcoming meetings and minutes from past meetings are available on the Board Meeting Information page.

How do I apply to become a board member?

You can find information on the Board Information page.

How can I obtain assistance on completing my application?

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

Where do I mail my application?

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

What are the fees for Architecture applications?

Application fees are non-refundable.
• Architecture Initial Licensure by Examination (NCARB direct registration) – $35.00
• NCARB Endorsement – $65.00
• State Endorsement – $175.00
• Direct Endorsement – $175.00
• Threshold Building Inspector – $100.00
• Reactivation for Individual – $125.00
• Architecture Continuing Education Handbook and Forms:
o Licensees Seeking Individual Credit – $25.00
o Established Providers – $25.00
o Non-Established Providers – $50.00 ($25.00 Provider and $25.00 per course)
NOTE:  If a course is being submitted in conjunction with a board audit, there is no charge.

Can I change my address online?

Yes.  Visit our website at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Online Services.  You can also change your telephone number and email address here.

Your website provides for "main", "mailing", and "location" addresses. What are the differences?

Three types of addresses have been established to support your needs: main, license mailing, and license location.
Main Address – This address is the primary address on file.
License Mailing Address – This is the address where the mail associated with a particular license will be sent (if different from the main or license location addresses).
License Location Address – This is the address where the place of business is physically located.
An example of the use of different addresses:
If Jane Doe is a contractor that works for ACME Builders, she may have 3 different addresses listed in her profile. Her main address would be the address of ACME Builders’ corporate headquarters. Her license mailing may be her home so she doesn’t have to visit the office to pick up her mail. Finally, her license location would be the address of the ACME Builders’ local office where she works.  If Jane Doe worked independently, she might have only one address on file (Main Address) as her office is the same place she wishes to receive her mail.

Can I change all license addresses online?

The main address and license mailing address can be changed online for all license types.  License location addresses can also be changed online, except for Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, Veterinary Establishments, and Talent Agencies.  The location for these license types is tied to the license, so a location change will require submission of a new application.

How can I change my address if I do not have a computer?

You may submit the change in writing by mail or by fax to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Fax: 850.488.8040

What is the minimum education required for architect licensure?

Florida requires a professional bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).  NAAB is the accrediting board for all architecture schools in the United States as well as some Canadian schools.  You can contact NAAB at www.NAAB.org or 202.783.2007.

Where do I register my experience?

You must enroll in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architectural Experience Program (AXP).  NCARB completes an assessment of your experience.  You may contact NCARB at www.NCARB.org or call 202.783.6500 to enroll in AXP.

What examination is required for Florida architect licensure?

You must take and pass the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE).  For test dates and locations visit the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) web site at www.NCARB.org or contact them at 202.783.6500.

What application do I submit for a Florida license once I have taken and passed the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) and completed my Architectural Experience Program (AXP) through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)?

All candidates that were approved for examination by the Florida Board, prior to July 1, 2012, that are currently testing and completing the NCARB AXP do not need to complete another application to gain licensure.

  • All examination candidates must maintain an NCARB file with NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). Examination information as well as scheduling an exam is processed through the MyExamination tool on the NCARB website at www.NCARB.org. You can access your examination grades immediately and update your address directly through NCARB.
  • Upon completion of the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) you will request or authorize NCARB to transmit or post your “Green Cover” Council Record to the Florida Board. Please note that it can take 7 – 10 days for NCARB to transmit your record to the department.
  • Upon receipt of all passing exam grades, your application will be processed administratively at the board office.
  • Upon licensure, the department will process Form 155 and submit to NCARB to complete your certification with NCARB. There is no processing fee for examination candidates. However, future requests for processing Form 155 there is $25 fee.

Direct Registration through NCARB Examination candidates no longer apply to the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design to be admitted to the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). Examination candidates that meet Florida licensure requirements will apply directly to NCARB to begin taking the ARE. To sit for the examination, you must have:

  • Establish an NCARB Council Record and be actively participating in NCARB AXP or have completed NCARB AXP.

Contact NCARB at www.NCARB.org or 202.783.6500 to begin a Council Record for examination and NCARB AXP. NCARB will notify the examination administrator (Prometric) that you are eligible to sit for the examination. Prometric will notify you about the procedures for scheduling the examination. You will pay the examination fees directly to Prometric. They will send your examination score reports directly to you and NCARB. NCARB will continue to evaluate and record your training for NCARB AXP. Upon successful completion of all sections of the ARE and NCARB AXP:

  • You will request or authorize NCARB to transmit or post your Council Record to the Florida Board. Please note that it can take 7 – 10 days for NCARB to transmit your record to the department.
  • NCARB will notify the Florida board that you are eligible for registration and electronically transmit or post your NCARB Council Record to the Florida Board.
  • You must complete and submit the Florida Board Initial Licensure by Examination (NCARB Direct Registration) application to the Florida Board. Visit the board’s web page > Apply For A License.

Foreign education applicants must have an education evaluation performed by NCARB. NCARB and NAAB will determine if the education is equivalent to the NAAB degree. If the foreign education is equivalent, NCARB will notify the board in writing. If the foreign education is not equivalent, the applicant may be required to complete additional education.

Can I take the examination in another state and still be considered a Florida candidate?

Yes.  You can take the examination at any Prometric location through the United States. Visit NCARB’s website at www.NCARB.org to obtain additional information on exam locations.

Does Florida have reciprocity with other states?

No, Florida does not offer reciprocity.  Florida offers licensure by endorsement.

What are the requirements to receive a license by endorsement?

There are three methods to apply for licensure by endorsement. You can apply by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) endorsement, state endorsement or direct endorsement.

1.  NCARB ENDORSEMENT: You must complete and submit the architecture NCARB endorsement application. Requirements:

  • Proof of passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) or predecessor examination. Florida does not accept examinations with exempted portions by means of education and/or experience OR the alternate path to the examination requirements through NCARB guidelines. Florida does not accept the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC).
  • Have a valid license to practice architecture issued by another state or jurisdiction of the United States.
  • Have a valid certificate issued by NCARB and request that NCARB electronically post or transmit your “Blue Cover” Council Record to the Florida Board. The NCARB certification must contain proof of passing the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) or predecessor examination. Florida does not recognize any NCARB Mutual Recognition Agreements.
  • Complete the application and submit the non-refundable fee of $65.00.
  • Proof of completion for two (2) hours of board approved wind mitigation techniques.

You can locate the NCARB endorsement application on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

2.  STATE ENDORSEMENT: You must complete and submit the architecture state endorsement application. Requirements:

  • A minimum five-year Professional Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Visit NAAB.org for a current list of accredited programs or the NAAB Historical list. If you do not have a NAAB accredited degree, you will be required to provide your endorsing state’s statutes for an equivalency evaluation to determine licensure eligibility.
  • Proof of passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) or a predecessor examination (exempted portions by means of education and/or experience are not acceptable).
  • Completion of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architectural Experience Program (AXP), state internship or experience program equivalent to Florida’s requirements or complete DBPR AID-4004 Practical Experience Form (IDP Equivalency) certifying two (2) years of licensed practice as an architect.
  • Have a valid license to practice architecture issued by another state or jurisdiction of the United States.
  • Complete the application and submit the non-refundable fee of $175.00.
  • Proof of completion for two (2) hours of board approved wind mitigation techniques.

You can locate the state endorsement application on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

3.  DIRECT ENDORSEMENT: You must complete and submit the architecture direct endorsement application. Requirements:

  • A minimum five-year Professional Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Visit NAAB.org for a current list of accredited programs or the NAAB Historical list. If you do not have a NAAB accredited degree, you will be required to provide your endorsing state’s statutes for an equivalency evaluation to determine licensure eligibility.
  • Proof of passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) or a predecessor examination (exempted portions by means of education and/or experience are not acceptable).
  • Completion of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architectural Experience Program (AXP).
  • Complete the application and submit the non-refundable fee of $175.00.
  • Proof of completion for two (2) hours of board approved wind mitigation techniques.

Direct endorsement is often used for applicants that were once licensed in the state of Florida whose license is now null and void. You must complete the direct endorsement application to regain Florida licensure. You can locate the direct endorsement application on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

Can I become licensed if I did not complete the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Architectural Experience Program (AXP)?

Yes.  If you are licensed in another state and practiced architecture for at least two (2) years from your initial licensure, you must complete the experience verification form available in the endorsement application titled, Practical Experience Form (AXP Equivalency). If you are not licensed in another state but completed an internship or experience program administered in the examination state, you must submit documentation of the internship or experience program completion and the state statutes outlining the experience program for Florida to evaluate for equivalency. You can locate the AID-4004 Practical Experience Form (AXP Equivalency) form on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

I am an architect from a foreign country. What do I need to do in order to become licensed in Florida?

Florida does not recognize licensure outside of the country; therefore, you must apply as if you did not have a license.  First you would need to have your foreign education evaluated to see if it is the equivalent of at least a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the United States. You must contact the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to have your education equivalency performed and experience evaluated in accordance to the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP). You may contact NCARB at 202.783.6500 or at www.NCARB.org. Upon completion of the NCARB education evaluation, experience, and examination complete the department’s examination application for licensure by examination (direct registration). You may also qualify for licensure through the NCARB endorsement application if you have passed the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE), hold NCARB certification, and are licensed in another state of the United States. Additional foreign licensure information You can locate the examination and endorsement applications on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

I do not have any education; however I do have 30+ years of architectural experience. Can I be licensed on experience alone? Does Florida offer licensure via grandfathering or grandparenting?

No.  You must meet all of the educational, experience and examination requirements as set forth by the examination or endorsement applications. An option is to contact the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and complete the Alternatives for Certification of an Architect Registered in a U.S. Jurisdiction formerly known as Broadly Experience Architect (BEA) program.  You can contact them at www.NCARB.org or 202.783.6500.

I obtained my National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification through the Alternatives for Certification of an Architect Registered in a U.S. Jurisdiction formerly known as the Broadly Experience Architect (BEA) provision. Can I obtain Florida licensure?

Yes.  Complete and submit the NCARB Endorsement application.  You can locate the application on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

Does Florida accept any Mutual Recognition Agreements signed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)?

No. Florida does not accept or recognize any Mutual Recognition Agreements signed by NCARB. NCARB applicants must meet the following requirements for licensure in Florida: 1. Passage of the prescribed licensure examination (Architectural Registration Examination – ARE). Florida does not accept examinations with exempted portions by means of education and/or experience OR the alternate path to the examination requirements through the NCARB guidelines/handbook; and 2. Hold a valid certificate issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB); and 3. Hold a valid license to practice architecture issued by another state or jurisdiction of the United States.

If I was once licensed in Florida and my license is now null and void, can I have it reinstated?

Yes.  There is an application that allows an individual to apply for reinstatement of a null and void license based on illness or economic hardship.  The applicant must provide documentation of the hardship and a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education. If you do not qualify for reinstatement of the null and void license and you are not licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction or NCARB certified, then you must apply by direct endorsement. You can locate the application to reinstate null and void license based on illness or economic hardship or the application for endorsement on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

Do I need a Certificate of Authorization?

A Certificate of Authorization, also known as a business license, is not required as of July 1, 2020. However, if you intend to engage in the practice of architecture as a business organization, you must apply to be the “qualifying agent” of the business organization.  Examples include a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, professional association, professional corporation or fictitious name.

Please note that you can practice under your full legal name (Example – John Doe Architecture Services) as a sole practitioner without qualifying a business. If you practice in anything other than your full legal name (Example John’s Architecture Services) as a sole proprietor, you are required to qualify the business organization.

You can locate the application to qualify an architectural business organization on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

What are the requirements for a qualified business organization?

A company that is a corporation, partnership, limited liability corporation, or fictitious name, is required to have a Florida licensed architect, that is a principal officer of the business, qualify the business.  The qualifier must be a principal officer of the company as registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations and listed in the Articles of Incorporation.  Examples of officers include president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, or director. Managing members, who provide a detailed list of duties, are acceptable for limited liability companies.  Each office and branch office is required to have a Florida licensed architect in responsible supervisory control.

Please note, if you operate your business with your legal name and are a sole proprietor, you are not required to qualify a business organization.

You can locate the application to qualify an architectural business organization on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

Do I need a separate qualifying agent for a marketing office or branch office?

No.  You do not need a separate qualifying agent for a marketing office or branch office.  Marketing offices are strictly for marketing and are not for meeting with clients to discuss architectural drawings, plans, etc. and therefore, do not require a Florida licensed architect be on the premises.  However, you must have a full time Florida licensed architect in supervisory control for all branch offices.

I am a licensed Florida Architect. I live in another state and would like to perform architectural services for the company I am employed by. Can I offer to perform architectural services for the company with my personal license?

No, in order for you to offer services for your out-of-state company in the State of Florida, the company must be qualified by a licensed Florida Architect. You are only permitted to offer services under your personal license in your legal name.

You can locate the application to qualify an architectural business organization on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

I have a partnership; do all the partners need a Florida license?

No, only one of the partners is required to be licensed in Florida as an architect.

My qualified architectural business organization just changed our name. How do we change the name in your records, and is there a fee?

You must complete a business name change application, and there is no fee. You can locate the business name change application on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

My qualified architectural business organization has changed from a partnership to a corporation; do we submit a name change application?

Yes, as long as the change is documented with the Department of State, Division of Corporations and a new company/business was not created. You can locate the architecture business maintenance application on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

If the partnership was closed or placed inactive and a new company (corporation) was created, then a new Qualify an Architectural Business Organization application must be completed.

Can I qualify more than one company?

Yes, however, you cannot be the responsible supervisor in control of more than one office unless both businesses are located at the same physical address.

I qualify an architectural business and we have numerous branch offices that provide architectural services. Do I need a licensed architect in each of those branch offices?

Yes.  If you offer architectural services in that branch, other than marketing only, then you must have a full time Florida licensed architect in the branch office with supervisory control.

My qualifier left and we have a new one. How do we update the department’s records?

You must submit that information, in writing, to the department, including the departure date of your previous qualifier and the effective date and licensure information for the new qualifier.  A company has 30 days to submit changes to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0751. You can locate the architecture business maintenance application on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License. Reminder: the new qualifier must be a principal officer of the firm as noted in the Articles of Incorporation and filed with the Department of State.

If I am a licensed architect, do I need to take the test to become registered as an interior designer?

No. An architect can perform the services of an interior designer within the scope of his or her architect license. You can obtain dual licensure/registration. The only requirement is to have an active Florida Architect license and complete the dual licensure/registration application. You can locate the application on the Board’s main page, Apply For A License.

The additional registration is not required because a licensed architect or qualified architectural business organization can practice interior design and use the title interior designer.

I want to design a house. Do I need to be licensed?

No, you can design a house without having an architecture license.  You can locate the exemption information on the Board’s web page, Statutes and Rules, Chapter 481.229, Part I, Florida Statutes. Please note that some local jurisdictions may require residential plans to be signed and sealed by a Florida licensed architect for building code requirements.

When is my license up for renewal?

You need to renew your individual license by February 28 of every odd- numbered year.

Will I receive a renewal notice in the mail prior to the expiration of my license?

No, all renewal notices are sent electronically to the email address on record. The department will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your license(s). This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. We encourage you to keep your information up to date and renew online. DBPR online services offer a quick and easy way to renew your license, find license requirements, apply for a license and update a license.

My individual license is delinquent. What would be the fee to renew?

If your license is delinquent, the fee to renew would be $125 ($100.00 for the renewal fee plus a $25.00 late fee). The fees may vary during licensure renewal.

My license is inactive. I would like to return to active status, what do I do?

You must complete the reactivation application, pay the application fee of $125, as well as submit proof of completing 24 hours of continuing education including 2 hours of the Florida Building Code advanced courses. You can locate the reactivation application on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

When I renew, do I need to send proof of my continuing education?

No.  Maintain proof of continuing education for your records in case you are audited.

Architecture and Interior Design continuing education course providers are exempt from reporting attendance rosters.  However, course providers who have department-assigned provider and course numbers have the option to report your continuing education credit hours.  If reported, such hours will be posted to your license and will be reflected on the department’s online services at www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

Courses that are automatically accepted for continuing education credits but not specifically assigned a course number by the department (e.g., AIA, IDCEC, etc.) cannot be reported or manually entered into the department’s computer system.

Please be advised that your online account will only reflect the hours voluntarily reported by course providers and may not be an actual reflection of the hours you have completed.  This will not affect your ability to renew your license.  In accordance with the continuing education handbook, you are required to maintain course completion certificates for three years.  If you are selected for audit you will be required to produce course completion certificates to verify attendance.

If you are an out-of-state registrant, you will also be required to submit a copy of the resident state statutes and rules as they pertain to your continuing education.  Effective March 2005, you must also obtain two hours of Florida advanced building code course hours as a part of your continuing education for renewal for February 28, 2007, and subsequent renewals.

I have retired and stopped paying the renewal fees. May I call myself an architect?

Yes.  If you were once licensed in Florida you may call yourself an “architect, retired”.  However, you may not render any architectural services.

My license is null and void. Can I reactivate or reinstate my license?

Once a license is placed in null and void status, the only thing that you can do is reapply to the department for licensure by endorsement.  Completing a reactivation or renewal application will not regain licensure. If you qualify you may apply for reinstatement based on a hardship. You can locate the application for reinstatement of null and void license due to illness or economic hardship on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

Are there any exceptions to null and void status?

You can apply to the board for reinstatement of a null and void license based upon illness or economic hardship.  You can locate the application to reinstate a null and void license on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

How many continuing education hours (CEH) do I need to renew my license?

Each registered architect must complete 24 CEHs of educational instruction or training of study approved by the board or department prior to licensure renewal. The licensee must acquire the necessary hours the reporting cycle just ending prior to licensure renewal. Thus, when an architect renews February 28, odd numbered year, he/she will attest to completing 24 hours for the previous two calendar years, for a total of 24 CEHs upon renewal.

Example: Architect renews on February 28, 2019. He/she must attest to completing HSW CEHs in the 2017-2018 (Jan – Dec).

Refer to the Architecture Continuing Education Handbook available on the board’s web page.

Of the 24 CEHs, 22 hours must be completed in the health, safety and welfare category and 2 hours must be completed in the Florida Building Code advanced category. Florida Building Code advanced course information is available on the Board Home page, under the CE Requirements tab. When using the “Find a CE Course” online option, in the drop down menu populate “Board” with Board of Architecture and Interior Design and “requirement” with advanced.

A person initially licensed for less than 24 months prior to the end of a renewal cycle need not complete any continuing education as a condition of the first renewal.

Does the board accept other providers/course or other board’s continuing education not listed on the web site?

Yes, the board automatically accepts the following providers and board’s approved courses: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES) at www.aiafla.org, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at www.ncarb.org, Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Core Member List at www.idcec.org, the Construction Industry Licensing Board and the Florida Building Officials and Inspectors Board.  You can download a copy of the architecture continuing education handbook.

If my license is on an inactive status, am I required to complete continuing education?

No. When you return your license to an active status you will be required to complete 24 hours of continuing education including 2 hours of the Florida Building Code advanced courses. You can locate the reactivation application on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

Are licensees required to maintain their continuing education completion certificates?

Licensees should maintain their proof of attendance or completion certificates received at a continuing education course in the event they are audited.

Can I carry over excess continuing education hours to the next renewal?

No. You must obtain the required continuing education during the reporting cycle just ending prior to licensure renewal.

What do I do if I receive a CE audit letter?

You must provide certificates of completion to the department for the required 24 hours of continuing education, which must include a minimum of 22 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses and 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses.

Continuing education hours must be completed during the previous two calendar years (January 1, ODD YEAR, to December 31, EVEN YEAR) prior to renewal.

How do I become a continuing education provider and what are the requirements to offer continuing education courses?

Complete and submit the application contained in the Architecture Continuing Education Handbook.

I want to file a complaint against an architect or interior designer that is licensed or unlicensed. What do I do?

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design has contracted with the law firm of Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A., to perform the investigative and prosecutorial functions of the board.

To file a complaint, please contact:

Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A.
140-D West 1st Street
St. George Island, FL 32328
www.ManausaLaw.com

How do I obtain my seal as an architect?

You can obtain your seal from an office supply company.  The seal dimensions and description information are available on the Statutes and Rules page > Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code, Seals and Plans.

Will Florida accept a rubber stamp seal or electronic signed and sealed submittals?

Yes. Seal information is available on the Statutes and Rules page, Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code. You should contact the local city, county, or municipality to verify what secured electronic plans submittal program (format) they accept for permitting purposes.

Changes affecting procedures for the use of an architect and interior designer’s signature and seal

How can I obtain a list of all the licensed architects in the State of Florida?

You can obtain this information online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Instant Public Records > Architecture and Interior Design > Architecture and Interior Design Files.

Where should my license number be displayed?

Each licensed architect or architecture business is required to display their license number in all advertisements.  Advertisements include newspapers, telephone directory, magazines, billboards, proposals, internet ads, contracts and job site signs.

Please note: If architectural services are being offered through a business organization, the advertisement must list the business organization’s qualifying agent’s license number.

Does this profession offer wall certificates?

Yes.  Wall certificates are issued four to six weeks after the license is issued.  The first wall certificate is free; any additional or duplicate certificates are $25.00 each and must be requested in writing.  Requests should be directed to:

Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida
32399-0751

How do I request that my license history including date of licensure, examination grades, disciplinary history, etc be sent to NCARB or another state?

You make the request in writing and provide the NCARB or other state’s form for completion.  If you do not have a form then make the request in writing, provide a forwarding address for our office to know where to mail the verification, and list what information is required on the verification (exam grades, initial date of licensure, etc.).  There is a $25.00 fee for verifications.  Verifications take approximately two to three weeks to complete.

Mail your request to:
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida
32399-0751

Make check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

I am an architect and have been hired to replace a prior architect of record or a deceased architect of record. How do I proceed in taking over the work of another architect, also known as a successor architect?

Procedures for a successor architect adopting as his own the work of another architect can be located in Rule 61G1-18.002, Florida Administrative Code. The rule outlines the requirements for notifying the prior architect and the professional and legal requirements for the plans or documents.

Does Chapter 481, Part I, of the Florida Statutes or Rule 61G1, of the Florida Administrative Code address record retention of architectural plans?

No. Records retention is not addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to Interior Designers

What are the functions of the Board of Architecture and Interior Design?

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design regulates architects, registered interior designers, threshold inspectors and architect business organizations.

What are the statutes and rules that govern Architecture and Interior Design?

Chapter 481, Part I, of the Florida Statutes and Rule 61G1 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Where can I obtain the laws and rules of the Board?

The laws and rules may be obtained on the Board’s Statutes and Rules page. If you need further assistance, you may call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

When and where is the next board meeting?

The dates and locations are available through the board office or online.  You may check the board’s Board Meeting Information page for exact dates and locations.

Where can I obtain a copy of the board meeting agenda or past minutes?

Agendas for upcoming meetings and minutes from past meetings are available on the Board Meeting Information page.

How do I apply to become a board member?

You can find information on the Board Information page.

How can I obtain assistance on completing my application?

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

Where do I mail my application?

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

What are the fees for Interior Design applications?

Application fees are non-refundable.
• Interior Design Examination – $30.00
• Interior Design Endorsement – $30.00
• Reactivation for Individual – $125.00
• Interior Design Continuing Education Handbook and Forms:
o Licensees Seeking Individual Credit – $25.00
o Established Providers – $25.00
o Non-Established Providers – $50.00 ($25.00 Provider and $25.00 per course)
NOTE: If a course is being submitted in conjunction with a board audit, there is no charge.

Can I change my address online?

Yes.  Visit our website at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Online Services.  You can also change your telephone number and email address here.

Your website provides for "main", "mailing", and "location" addresses. What are the differences?

Three types of addresses have been established to support your needs: main, license mailing, and license location.
Main Address – This address is the primary address on file.
License Mailing Address – This is the address where the mail associated with a particular license will be sent (if different from the main or license location addresses).
License Location Address – This is the address where the place of business is physically located.
An example of the use of different addresses:
If Jane Doe is a contractor that works for ACME Builders, she may have 3 different addresses listed in her profile. Her main address would be the address of ACME Builders’ corporate headquarters. Her license mailing may be her home so she doesn’t have to visit the office to pick up her mail. Finally, her License Location would be the address of the ACME Builders’ local office where she works. If Jane Doe worked independently, she might have only one address on file (Main Address) as her office is the same place she wishes to receive her mail.

Can I change all license addresses online?

The main address and license mailing address can be changed online for all license types. License location addresses can also be changed online, except for Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, Veterinary Establishments, and Talent Agencies. The location for these license types is tied to the license, so a location change will require submission of a new application.

How can I change my address if I do not have a computer?

You may request the change by calling the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or submit it in writing or by fax to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit – License Maintenance
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Fax: 850.488.8040

What examination is required for Florida interior design registration?

You must take and pass the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination. The NCIDQ examination is offered in April and October. For test dates and locations visit the NCIDQ web site at www.NCIDQ.org or contact them at 202.721.0220.

Am I required to register as an Interior Designer?

Any Interior Designer may plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. They may also formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes – such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. Interior Designers may also specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design. However, in order to sign and seal interior design documents for permitting purposes, an Interior Designer must register with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and obtain a seal pursuant to section 481.221, F.S.

You can locate the application to register as an Interior Designer on the Board’s main page, Apply for a License.

What are the requirements for Florida Interior Design registration?

You must provide proof of passing the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination. The NCIDQ examination is offered in April and October. For test dates and locations visit the NCIDQ web site at www.NCIDQ.org or contact them at 202.721.0220.

You can locate the application to register as an interior designer on the Board’s main page, Apply for a License.

I am licensed in another state. What application do I complete to obtain a Florida registration?

You complete and submit the interior design endorsement application, which can be found on the Board’s main page, Apply for a License. You must provide proof of passing the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination. The NCIDQ examination is offered in April and October. For test dates and locations visit the NCIDQ web site at www.NCIDQ.org or contact them at 202.721.0220.

My registration is delinquent. What would be the fee to renew?

If your registration is delinquent, the fee to renew would be $100 ($75.00 for the renewal fee plus a $25.00 late fee). The fees may vary during registration renewal.

Will I receive a renewal notice in the mail prior to the expiration of my registration?

No, all renewal notices are sent electronically to the email address on record. The department will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your registration. This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. We encourage you to keep your information up to date and renew online. DBPR online services offer a quick and easy way to renew your registration, find registration requirements, apply for a registration and update a registration.

My registration is inactive. I would like to return to active status, what do I do?

You need to complete the reactivation application, pay the application fee of $125, as well as submit proof of completion of the required 20 hours of continuing education. You may obtain the reactivation application on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

The fees may vary during registration renewal or if your registration is delinquent.

My registration is null and void. Can I reactivate or reinstate my registration?

Once a registration is placed in null and void status, the only thing that you can do is reapply to the department for registration and meet current requirements. If you qualify you may apply for reinstatement based on a hardship. You can obtain a copy of the reinstatement application due to hardship on the Board’s main page, Renew & Manage My License.

Completing a reactivation or renewal application will not regain registration for a null and void registration.

When I renew, do I need to send proof of my continuing education?

No. Maintain proof of continuing education for your records in case you are audited.

Architecture and Interior Design continuing education course providers are exempt from reporting attendance rosters. However, course providers who have department-assigned provider and course numbers have the option to report your continuing education credit hours. If reported, such hours will be posted to your license and will be reflected on the department’s online services at www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

Courses that are automatically accepted for continuing education credits but not specifically assigned a course number by the department (e.g., AIA, IDCEC, etc.) cannot be reported or manually entered into the department’s computer system.

Please be advised that your online account will only reflect the hours voluntarily reported by course providers and may not be an actual reflection of the hours you have completed. This will not affect your ability to renew your license. In accordance with the continuing education handbook, you are required to maintain course completion certificates for three years. If you are selected for audit you will be required to produce course completion certificates to verify attendance.

If you are an out-of-state registrant, you will also be required to submit a copy of the resident state statutes and rules as they pertain to your continuing education. Effective March 2005, you must also obtain two hours of advanced building code course hours as a part of your continuing education for renewal for February 28, 2007, and subsequent renewals.

May I carry over excess continuing education hours to the next biennium?

No. You must obtain the required continuing education during the biennium licensure period.

I have retired and stopped paying the renewal fees. May I call myself an interior designer?

Yes. If you were once registered in Florida you may call yourself an “interior designer, retired”. However, you may not render any interior design services.

How many continuing education credit hours do I need to renew my registration?

Registrants are required to obtain 20 hours of continuing education every two years. If you were initially registered less than 24 months prior to your first renewal, no continuing education is required. If you have been registered more than 24 months, 20 hours of continuing education are required of which 14 hours are required in health, safety, and welfare related course work, two hours in Florida Building Code advanced course work, and four hours in either health, safety, and welfare or optional credit. The renewal date for all registrants is February 28 of odd years.

Refer to the Interior Design Continuing Education Handbook available on the board’s web page.

Florida Building Code advanced course information is available on the Board Home page, under the CE Requirements tab. When using the “Find a CE Course” online option, in the drop down menu populate “Board” with Board of Architecture and Interior Design and “requirement” with advanced.

Does the board accept other providers/course or other board’s continuing education not listed on the web site?

Yes, the board automatically accepts the following providers and board’s approved courses:

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES) at www.aiafla.org, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at www.ncarb.org, Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Core Member List at www.idcec.org, the Construction Industry Licensing Board and the Florida Building Officials and Inspectors Board.  You can download a copy of the interior design continuing education handbook.

Does the board give extensions or have exemptions from continuing education requirements?

No, the board does not give extensions for completing continuing education requirements. The board does however have exemptions for continuing education. You are not required to maintain continuing education if your license is in an inactive status. However, you will be required to provide evidence of completion of continuing education in order to reactivate the license.

Personal hardships limited to illness, death within your immediate family or acts of God, will be considered on an individual basis provided that appropriate evidence substantiating the hardship is submitted. You must file a rule waiver or variance in accordance with Chapter 28-104, Florida Administrative Code, to be considered for exemption or extension.

If my registration is on an inactive status, am I required to complete continuing education?

No. When you return your registration to an active status you will be required to complete 20 hours of continuing education.

Are registrants required to maintain their continuing education completion certificates?

Yes, registrants should maintain their proof of attendance or completion certificates received at a continuing education course in the event they are audited.

Where can I obtain a list of board-approved providers and courses that offer continuing education for interior designers?

A list can be obtained on the Board’s main page, CE Requirements.

What do I do if I receive a CE audit letter?

You must provide certificates of completion to the department for the required 20 hours of continuing education, which must include a minimum of 14 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses; 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses; 4 hours in optional or health, safety, and welfare related courses.

Continuing education hours must be completed during the previous two calendar years (January 1, ODD YEAR, to December 31, EVEN YEAR) prior to renewal.

How do I become a continuing education provider and what are the requirements to offer continuing education courses?

Complete and submit the application contained in the Interior Design Continuing Education Handbook.

I want to file a complaint against an architect or interior designer that is licensed or unlicensed, what do I do?

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design has contracted with the law firm of Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A., to perform the investigative and prosecutorial functions of the board.

To file a complaint, please contact:

Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A.
140-D West 1st Street
St. George Island, FL 32328
www.ManausaLaw.com

Will Florida accept a rubber stamp seal or electronic signed and sealed submittals?

Yes. Seal information is available on the Statutes and Rules page > Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code. You should contact the local city, county, or municipality to verify what secured electronic plans submittal program (format) they accept for permitting purposes.

Changes affecting procedures for the use of an architect and interior designer’s signature and seal

How do I obtain my seal as an interior designer?

You can obtain your seal from an office supply company.  The seal dimensions and description information are available online on the Statutes and Rules page > Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code, Seals and Plans.

Will Florida accept a rubber stamp seal?

Yes. Seal information is available on the Board’s main page, Statutes and Rules, Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code, Seals and Plans.

How do I obtain my seal for interior design?

You may obtain your seal from an office supply company. The seal dimensions and description information are available on the Board’s main page, Statutes and Rules, Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code, Seals and Plans.

Where should my registration number be displayed?

Each registered interior designer is required to display their registration number in all advertising. Advertising includes newspapers, telephone directory, stationary, magazines, billboards, proposals, internet ads, contracts and job site signs.

Do I need a registration to be an Interior Designer?

Not for residential interior design services. You must be registered as a registered interior designer to practice commercial interior design. You should contact the local city or county municipality to determine if an occupational license is required.

If I am not registered can I call myself an interior designer?

Yes. The title “interior designer” is not a protected title and can be used by anyone providing residential interior design services. Commercial services require registration by the board.

If I am registered in another state and my friends want me to decorate their house, would I need to obtain an interior designer’s registration in your state?

No, you can do residential work as an interior designer and the only registration you may need is an occupational license from the local city or county.

Does this profession offer wall certificates?

Yes. They are issued four to six weeks after the registration is issued. The first one is free; any additional or duplicate certificates are $25.00 each and must be requested in writing.

Requests should be directed to:
Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0751

How do I request that my registration history including date of registration, examination grades, disciplinary history, etc. be sent to NCIDQ or another state?

You make the request in writing and provide the NCIDQ or other state’s form for completion.  If you do not have a form then make the request in writing, provide a forwarding address for our office to know where to mail the verification, and list what information is required on the verification (exam grades, initial date of registration, etc.).  There is a $25.00 fee for verifications.  Verifications take approximately two to three weeks to complete.

Mail your request to:
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0751

Make check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) specific to Threshold Building Inspectors

What are the functions of the Board of Architecture and Interior Design?

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design regulates architects, registered interior designers, threshold inspectors and architect business organizations.

What are the statutes and rules that govern Architecture and Interior Design?

Chapter 481, Part I, Florida Statutes and Rule 61G1 of the Florida Administrative Code.

When and where is the next board meeting?

The dates and locations are available through the board office or online.  You may check the board’s Board Meeting Information page for exact dates and locations.

Where can I obtain a copy of the board meeting agenda or past minutes?

Agendas for upcoming meetings and minutes from past meetings are available on the Board Meeting Information page.

What are the requirements to become a threshold building inspector?

You must hold an active architect license in good standing with the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, verify that you have three years of structural experience, and demonstrate minimum qualification criteria with education and experience.

How can I get an application to become a threshold building inspector?

The application is available on the Board’s website, Apply For A License, or you may contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

Why would I need to have the title threshold building inspector added to my architecture license?

This addition will permit you to perform structural field inspections on threshold buildings.

What is considered a threshold building?

Any building greater than three stories or 50 feet in height or an occupancy classification that exceeds 5,000 square feet is considered a threshold building.

What is added to a current architect’s license to show that he/she is licensed as a threshold inspector?

The specialty of “threshold building inspector”.

How can I find out if a person is licensed as a threshold building inspector?

You may contact the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or visit the department online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

What is the cost to apply for a threshold building inspector license?

The application fee is $100.00 and is non-refundable.

How can I obtain assistance on completing my application?

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

Where do I mail my application?

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0783

Whom do I contact to file a complaint against an architect who is permitted to practice threshold building inspections, or to file a complaint against an unlicensed threshold building inspector?

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design has contracted with the law firm of Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A., to perform the investigative and prosecutorial functions of the board.

To file a complaint, please contact:

Manausa, Shaw & Minacci, P.A.
140-D West 1st Street
St. George Island, FL 32328
www.ManausaLaw.com

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040