Reciprocity


Expedited Licensure for Spouses or Domestic Partners of Active Duty Military Personnel

The Board is required to expedite the licensure process for spouses and domestic partners of those on active duty in the US Armed Forces who are assigned to a duty station in California under official active duty military orders.

A candidate eligible for an expedited license must provide evidence that he or she is married to, or in a domestic relationship or other legal union with, an active duty member of the US Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station in California under official active duty military orders.

In addition to the requirements on the reciprocity overview page, a candidate, who is licensed or registered in another US jurisdiction, must either:

  • Have a current and valid certification issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and apply through the NCARB Certification process; or
  • Provide verification of eight years of experience pre- or post-licensure through either work experience or a combination of work experience and education (transcripts must be submitted by the school to the Board, submissions by a candidate are not acceptable) and apply through the experience process.

If licensed less than three years, provide evidence of completion of the NCARB Intern Development Program.

Note: Expedited licensure does not mean a license must be issued but simply requires the process to be accelerated for spouses and domestic partners of active duty military personnel (Business and Professions Code section 115.5).

CSE Info

  • Successful completion of the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) is required of all candidates prior to licensure.
  • The Application for California Supplemental Examination is mailed to reciprocity candidates once they are deemed eligible to take the CSE. Candidate information is sent to the Board’s examination vendor, PSI, once they have mailed a completed Application for California Supplemental Examination and paid the $100 examination application fee to the Board.
  • For more information regarding the CSE, please visit our CSE page.