Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Requirement

Individuals applying for or renewing an architect (or other professional) license must provide either a SSN or an ITIN. Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 30 and Public Law 94–455 [42 U.S.C.A. 405(c)(2)(C)] authorize collection of the SSN. BPC section 5550.5 authorizes the Board to accept an ITIN in lieu of a SSN.

The SSN or ITIN will be used exclusively for:

  • Tax enforcement purposes;
  • Purposes of compliance with any judgment or order for family support in accordance with Family Code section 17520; or
  • Verification of licensure or examination status by a licensing or examination entity which utilizes a national examination and where licensure is reciprocal with the requesting state.

If an individual does not provide the SSN or ITIN, on an application for initial or renewal licensure, it will not be processed, and it will be reported to the Franchise Tax Board, which may assess a $100 penalty.