Reciprocity Overview


What is Reciprocity?

According to the dictionary, reciprocity is a commercial dealing between organizations by which corresponding advantages or privileges are granted by each organization to members of the other.

In terms of architectural registration, reciprocity is when a registered architect in one jurisdiction applies for registration in another jurisdiction by presenting documentation that he or she meets that jurisdiction's registration requirements. The most common and widely accepted means of gaining reciprocity is through the NCARB Certificate.

Gaining Reciprocity with Another U.S. Jurisdiction 

To find out how to become registered in each jurisdiction, visit the Registration Board Requirements section of our web site and contact the board in which you would like to be registered. If you already hold an NCARB Certificate, the instructions for reciprocity are available to you in your online NCARB Record; just select the "Request a Transmittal" option and choose the jurisdiction of interest.

Do You Need to Complete the AXP?

Several states have grandfathering laws related to the adoption of the AXP for reciprocal registration. [more]

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