Reciprocal Registration

Reciprocity is available through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification to architectural registrants in other U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions.

Applications are available from NCARB. There is no direct application to New Mexico for reciprocity.

Completed applications and all fees are returned to NCARB for processing.

NCARB will then forward the application, the fee for reciprocal registration, and the applicant’s Council Record to the N.M. Board of Examiners for Architects.

In addition to the NCARB Certificate, applicants are required to provide evidence of qualification in seismic design, as verified in the NCARB Record. Such an exam has been included in NCARB examinations since December 1965, in Western Conference states since June 1963 examination and California since 1937. New Mexico will accept the special seismic (lateral forces) examination that was prepared for architects not previously tested.

PLEASE NOTE: It is a violation of the laws of New Mexico to represent oneself as an architect, to solicit architectural work or to perform any architectural services in New Mexico prior to obtaining architectural registration in this state.

A sworn affidavit attesting to compliance with New Mexico laws governing architectural practice is required of every applicant.

For additional information, please contact:

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
1801 K Street NW Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006-1310
(202) 783-6500
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