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Architect Business License

On June 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed “The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act” (HB 1193) which eliminates unnecessary regulations and reduces barriers to entry for certain professions. Effective July 1, 2020, the Certificate of Authorization for Architecture Businesses will be eliminated. The business information from the Certificate of Authorization will be retained and linked to the qualifying Registered Architect’s license.


Interior Design License

On June 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed “The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act” (HB 1193) which eliminates unnecessary regulations and reduces barriers to entry for certain professions. Effective July 1, 2020, the mandatory licensure requirement for Interior Designers and the Certificate of Authorization for Interior Design Businesses will be eliminated, effective July 1, 2020.

Registration as an interior designer is optional for individuals who wish to obtain a seal from the department. Registration applicants will be required to show proof of having passed the qualification examination prescribed by the Council for Interior Design Qualification or an equivalent exam. For individuals currently holding interior design licenses, the department will automatically convert their licenses to Certificates of Registration.


Paperless Licensing, effective 11/07/2018

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license architects and interior designers in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for architects and interior designers. The Department will no longer be mailing licenses upon issuance, as licensees can now print their licenses by logging into their secure online account with the Department. This will allow new licensees to enter the work force at least 7 to 10 business days early, whereas, in the past, they would have to wait for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to new licenses, this process will allow licensees to renew online and print the license at their convenience, as well as print duplicate licenses as needed without paying a fee.


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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