Renewing a License

Expiration and Renewal Information

California architect licenses expire at midnight on the last day of the licensee’s birth month in odd-numbered years and must be renewed every two years.

Architects may renew their license by:

Renewing on time is critical. Renewal notices are sent to the licensee’s address of record approximately 60 days prior to the expiration date. If a licensee does not receive the renewal notice within 60 days of their license expiration date, they may renew by mailing a completed Architect License Renewal Application (PDF, 291K) (signed original), and a check for the appropriate renewal fee made payable to the California Architects Board. Architects may not submit a Renewal Application and payment more than 60 days before their current license period ends.

Please allow up to eight weeks for processing. The most frequent cause of delay in renewal processing is an incomplete Renewal Application. Be sure that the Renewal Application is complete and signed.

Licensees who have complied with the license renewal requirements (i.e., complete application, signature, correct fee, certification of completed continuing education, etc.) prior to its expiration may engage in legal practice of their profession until receipt of the renewed license if the delay was not the fault of the licensee (BPC section 121).

Note: This provision does not apply to delinquent or incomplete renewal applications.