Department of State: Division of Professional Regulation: Board of Architects

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License by Reciprocity


If you hold a valid, current Architect license in another jurisdiction, you may apply for licensure by reciprocity.

If you previously held a Delaware license that has lapsed and is no longer renewable, see License by Reapplication.

The two types of reciprocity applications are:

  • NCARB Certificate
  • Direct Application

Requirements to Apply by Reciprocity with NCARB Certificate

If you hold a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate, you may apply for licensure by reciprocity using the NCARB Certificate.

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order (non-refundable) made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive the NCARB Certificate sent directly from NCARB to the Board office. To request the Certificate, see Certification and Reciprocity on NCARB’s website.

Requirements to Apply by Direct Application

If you do not hold a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate but you hold a current license in another state, you may apply for licensure by reciprocity by “Direct Application.”

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order (non-refundable) made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from your college/university to the Board office. The transcript must show that you received a Bachelor or Masters of Architecture degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a Verification of Employment form from each employer listed in the PRACTICE EXPERIENCE section of the application.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of good standing (license verification) from each state where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice architecture, sent directly from the state to the Board office.

You may request an IDP waiver when you:

  • hold a current license in good standing from a US state or Canadian province, and
  • practiced architecture for five or more years immediately before you applied for a Delaware license.

The practice documentation must be acceptable to the Board. For more information, see Section 5.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.



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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10-Sep-2014 16:18:04 EDT
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