License Application Forms

Important Notice: DO NOT use Form 1 if you are already licensed in this profession in New York State. A New York State professional license is valid for life unless it is revoked, annulled, or suspended by the Board of Regents. To practice in New York State, your professional license must be registered. To renew your registration online, visit www.op.nysed.gov/renewalinfo.htm. If your registration has lapsed for longer than 4 months, submit a Delayed Registration Application.

Online Form 1 - Application for Licensure
All applicants for licensure must initially submit Form 1 along with the appropriate licensure and first registration fee. You must answer all questions and provide all information requested unless otherwise indicated. Failure to accurately complete all required parts of the application will delay its review. Additional forms below are required based on the licensure requirements of the profession. Do not use Form 1 to renew your existing license.

Continuing Your Application
If you have started an application within the past 30 days, and have not yet completed it, you can use this link to continue your application. You will need your Application ID, Social Security Number, and Date of Birth.

Upload Additional Documentation
If you have already completed an application, but you have additional documents or files to include in your previous submission, use this link to upload additional documentation. You will need your Application ID and Date of Birth.

Change Address or Name  - You are required to notify us within 30 days of any address or name changes. Please read the instructions to request this change.

Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education ( PDF 16 KB)
Use this form ONLY if you were educated outside the U.S. and are NOT applying for licensure via endorsement or via practical examination.

If you were educated within the U.S. and if you want your education to be considered towards licensure, you must have your official transcript sent to NCARB. Please see NCARB’s website at www.ncarb.org for details.

This form must be submitted directly by the educational institution(s) you attended.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to your school.
  • Section II: The Registrar must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form together with an official transcript. Transcripts are required from each school attended.

Electronic Education Documentation

The Office of the Professions (OP) will accept official electronic transcripts and forms from educational institutions (i.e. colleges/universities) or designated third-party* transcript entities located in the United States provided that:

  • The transcript is the certified true and official academic record and the document does NOT have an expiration date**.
  • OP can independently verify that the documentation is received directly from the educational institution’s registrar or officially designated third-party.
  • If a third-party transcript provider is involved, it is clear that the educational institution has designated the third party as the official sole provider of its transcripts.
  • The applicant had no opportunity to directly access or alter the transcript before it is sent or transmitted.
  • Any educational institution education documentation submissions should be made electronically to DPLSEduc@nysed.gov***.

*OP will only accept third-party submissions after we have determined that the arrangement between the educational institution and the third party is consistent with our security and verification standards.

**Transcript documents with expiration dates cannot be accepted. Expirations on links to the document are acceptable.

***Do NOT use this email to submit a question, as we will be unable to provide a response. Submit a Contact Us Form for questions regarding specific applications or to check the status of a licensure application.

Form 3 - Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification and/or Examination ( PDF 21 KB)
This form is for applicants seeking licensure by endorsement or the practical examination and for applicants seeking a limited permit. It is not required for applicants seeking licensure by NCARB Certificate. Also, you must complete this form if you hold, or have ever held, a license or certificate to practice any profession* in any jurisdiction.

This form must be submitted directly by the licensing authority. This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the jurisdiction.
  • Section II: The jurisdiction must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

NOTE: A Form 3 is not required for licenses/certificates issued by the New York State Education Department. Also, if the certification/verification documentation provided by a U.S. jurisdiction contains the same information requested in the Form 3, completion of a Form 3 for that jurisdiction is not necessary. For certification/verification documentation that does not contain the same information, a Form 3 will need to be completed for that jurisdiction.

*Profession is defined as professional titles licensed under New York State Education Law.

Electronic Verification of Licensure, Certification and/or Examination

The Office of the Professions (OP) will accept electronic verifications of licensure, certification and examination completion from other licensing authorities located in the United States provided that:

  • OP can independently authenticate that the verification is received directly from the licensing authority.
  • The applicant had no opportunity to directly access or alter the verification before it is sent or transmitted.
  • Any licensing authority verification submissions should be made electronically to DPLSVerif@nysed.gov.*

*DO NOT use this email to submit a question, as we will be unable to provide a response. Submit a Contact Us Form for questions regarding specific applications or to check the status of a licensure application.

Form 4 - Verification of Supervised Experience ( PDF 19 KB)
Use this form only for experience you wish to be considered by the State Board for Architecture that is not already verified in your NCARB Record, if you need additional experience duration beyond what is verified in your NCARB Record, or if you are asked to do so by the State Board for Architecture.

You must provide one form for each supervisor for which you are seeking credit. If the required amount of experience has been obtained in one place and under one supervisor, only one form is needed. The person under whose direct supervision and responsible control you were working should complete the form and mail it directly to the return address on the form.

This form must be submitted directly by a supervisor who will verify your experience. This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to your supervisor.
  • Section II: The supervisor must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

Form 4E - Attestation of Professional Practice for Endorsement Applicants Post-Licensure Experience Only ( PDF 19 KB)
Use this form only if you meet the endorsement requirements and only for experience that occurred post-licensure and that you wish to be considered by the State Board for Architecture.

This form must be submitted directly by a an architect who will endorse your experience. This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

You must provide one form for each endorser where you have been employed and for which you are seeking credit in order to show evidence of at least five years of licensed experience in architecture following initial licensure and within the seven years immediately preceding your application for licensure. If the required amount of experience has been obtained in one place and under one endorser, only one form is needed. The person endorsing your post-licensure experience should complete the form and mail it directly to the return address on the form.

The Form 4E must be completed as follows

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the architect who wll endorse your experience.
  • Section II: The architect must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

Form 4L - Attestation of Lawful Practice Outside New York State as an Architect ( PDF 48 KB)
Use this form only if you are seeking a limited permit to practice architecture on a single project in New York in your lifetime.

This form must be submitted directly by three architects who will attest to your lawful practice as an architect outside of New York State. This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant. You must provide one form to each of three architects who can attest to your lawful practice.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the architect who can attest to your lawful practice.
  • Section II: The architect must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

Form 4P - Attestation of 10 Years of Lawful Practice Outside New York State as Principal/Shareholder/Owner of Firm ( PDF 19 KB)
This form must be used for Principal/Practical Examination Candidates ONLY.

A Form 4P must be submitted directly by three architects who can attest to your lawful practice as principal/shareholder/owner of your own architecture firm outside New York State.  This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the architect who can attest to your lawful practice.
  • Section II: The architect must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

Electronic Verification of Experience
The Office of the Professions (OP) will accept experience forms directly from supervisors provided that:
  • OP can independently verify that the documentation is received directly from the supervisor
  • The applicant had no opportunity to directly alter the experience form before it is sent or transmitted.
  • Any experience documentation submissions should be made electronically to DPLSExperience@nysed.gov*.

*Do NOT use this email to submit a question, as we will be unable to provide a response. Submit a Contact Us Form for questions regarding specific applications or to check the status of a licensure application.

Form 5 - Application for Limited Permit for Non-Resident Architect ( PDF 56 KB)
All applicants for a limited permit must complete this form and submit it with the $347 fee directly to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end of Form 5. Make checks payable to the New York State Education Department. Your cancelled check is your receipt.

You will need a Form 3 - Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification and/or Examination submitted on your behalf by the licensing authority that issued your license and whose seal you will be using on the project. Form 3 must be submitted directly by the licensing authority to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form. This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

You will also need a Form 4L - Attestation of Lawful Practice Outside New York State as an Architect submitted on your behalf by three licensed and registered architects who will attest to your lawful practice. These architects MUST submit the Form 4L directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form. This form will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

Last Updated: September 17, 2021