Architects – Initial Registration by Exam


NOTE: This application is only for individuals who have completed AXP and the ARE and who are not yet licensed in any jurisdiction. Individuals who are already licensed in another jurisdiction should use the Reciprocal License application.

Applicants must meet the qualifications as specified in Miss. Code Ann. Sections 73-1-13 and 73-1-17 and Rule 2.1. As a summary of qualifications, you must:

Important Reminders!

  • After 30 minutes of inactivity, your session will expire. Upon expiration, any of the data that you have entered will be lost. Please be mindful of this limit while entering your application.
  • Applications will expire after 6 months of no activity. In such cases the individual must reapply.
  • Please use proper capitalization. Names and other information will appear just as entered by the user on "Certificates of Standing" and other documents and listings.
  • All payments are non-refundable.


  • Complete the online application (answer all required questions).
  • Error messages will appear in red at the top of the screen.
  • Pay the application fee by credit card or electronic check.
  • The non-refundable application fee is $275.00 for Mississippi residents and $450.00 for non-residents.

Additional Required Documents:

  • Direct NCARB to transmit your full NCARB record to Mississippi.
  • Send the following documents by email to
    • The completed Mississippi Jurisprudence Examination.
    • If the firm or entity through which you will practice in Mississippi is a professional association, a professional corporation, or a professional limited liability corporation, a copy of the firm’s registration with the Secretary of State (or other agency) from the firm’s base state is required. For an out-of-state PA, PC, or PLLC, the Board also requires a copy of the firm’s COA from the Mississippi SOS (

Then what?

  • Once your application, NCARB record, and a passing Mississippi Jurisprudence Exam are received, as well as any additional information that the Board may request, the review and licensure process will take three to four weeks.
  • If additional information is needed, we will contact you via email or by phone.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a notice of licensure via email and postal mail.
The notice will include instructions for the submission of your seal sample, which must be approved prior to the activation of your license.