NCARB Reduces Transmittal Fee

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has lowered the fee for transmitting an NCARB Record from $400 to $385, effective January 3, 2019. The $15 reduction is the first stage in a multi-year effort to gradually lower transmittal fees for architects seeking out-of-state, or reciprocal, licensure.  

Mobility is one of the key benefits of the NCARB Certificate, which allows architects who meet national education, experience, and examination standards to seek reciprocity in any of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions. By lowering the cost of transmittals, we hope to make reciprocity more accessible to the over 43,000 architects who have been NCARB certified.

“Reducing barriers to out-of-state licensure was one of the key reasons for NCARB’s founding nearly 100 years ago,” said CEO Michael Armstrong. “We’re proud to stay true to that mission and continue facilitating licensure for our customers as we move into our second century.”

As the practice of architecture becomes increasingly global, the ability to pursue work across state and national borders is more essential than ever before. With more than 125,000 reciprocal licenses issued in the United States—far more than the number of residential licenses—reducing the financial burden of holding multiple licenses is an essential step toward enabling regulation to meet the needs of the evolving profession. 

Over the past several years, NCARB has undertaken a holistic review and update of its fee structure. In 2016, NCARB reduced and simplified fees for licensure candidates, saving AXP and ARE participants an average of $60; the organization also lowered the cost of Certificate applications by $400. While the cost per Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) division rose by $25 in 2018, the overall cost of ARE 5.0 is still lower than that of the previous exam.

In the coming years, NCARB will continue to evaluate its fees as we seek to go further for our members and customers.