Online Renewal Technical Help and Support

Architects will renew licenses online at between May 1, 2011 and September 30, 2011 (late fees will be added after June 30, 2011). Online renewal is available anytime of the day or night during this period. Pocket cards will be mailed within 48 hours of processing.

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Q. Does your Board require Continuing Education for renewal? 

A. Yes. For renewal in 2011, you will need 24 health/safety/welfare (HSW) hours.

Q. Do I have to mail any Continuing Education documentation to the Board?

No, do not send any documentation of CE to the Board office. If you are audited in 2011, you will then need to send proof of twenty four hours of continuing education. All 24 CE hours must be in the study of relevant technical and professional architectural subjects related to safeguarding life, health, property, and promoting the public welfare. This reporting period is from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011. However, continuing education activities completed after July 1, 2008, which were not used for last year's renewal, will also be accepted.

Q. I did not receive a renewal notice, how can I renew my license?

You can renew your license online at

Q. I have a change of address, how can I notify the Board?

You can submit a change of address request online at

Q. I recently renewed my license and have a change of address, how can I notify the Board?

You can submit a change of address request online at

Q. I do not have a computer; how can I renew my license?

Computers are available at the public libraries and at the Board office. If you do not renew online, you can go to the Board website and download a renewal form. Paper renewals will be available on the Board website after June 1, 2011.

Q. How can I check the status of my renewal after renewing online?

You can check to see if your renewal was processed by visiting our Licensee Lookup page. If your name does not display on the site, your renewal is currently being processed and will display within 24 hours. Please wait 24 hours before contacting the Board. Licensee Lookup is updated daily.

Q. What is the licensure period for individual renewals? 

The biennial licensure period is July 1 - June 30. Certificates of Registration issued to individuals after May 1, 2011 expire June 30, 2013. 

Q. Does the Board have an inactive status for Certificate of Registrations? 

The Board does not have a formal "inactive” classification. If you do not wish to renew your license, we ask that you notify us in writing and/or by e-mail to

Q. How do I reactivate a Certificate of Registration that has expired? 

Your Certificate may be renewed at any time during the remainder of the biennial renewal period on payment of the renewal fee plus late penalty of $50.00 during the first thirty days and an additional $100.00 thereafter. If you do not renew your registration within 24 months of the expiration date, it cannot be reissued except by a new application accompanied by our application fee ($190.00) and approval by the Board. 

Q. Does your Board have an Emeritus Architect status for renewals? 

Yes. To become an Emeritus Architect, you have to be fully retired from active practice, 65 or older and have been licensed in any state for 10 consecutive years. If you want to become an Emeritus Architect, simply complete the portion of the renewal form online and switch from active to Emeritus. As an emeritus architect, you may not practice AT ALL.  There is a one-time fee of $35 to change from Emeritus status with no renewal fee thereafter.

Q. I have not renewed my license, but have a legal name change. How can I notify the Board?

You will not be able to renew your license until the Board has updated your records. Please e-mail or fax a copy of the legal document(s) to the Board at (803) 896-4427, include a daytime telephone number or e-mail address. The Board will notify you once your records are updated and you will then be able to renew online.

Q. What are the current renewal fees for individual renewals?

Renewal fees for individuals are as follows: 
Renewal Fee: 
$130.00 if fee is received by June 30th
Late Penalties for Renewals
If the renewal is postmarked 7/1 Through July 31, total renewal fee is $180
If the renewal is postmarked 8/1 or after, total renewal fee is $280

Q. Does the Board waive late penalties? 


Q. How do I know that my credit card information will be protected?

The entire renewal process is encrypted and processed through a secured network. All S.C. state agencies use First Data Merchant Services (FDMS) to verify the credit card information provided by our users. FDMS is nationally recognized.

Q. I sent a request for my User Id and Password, but did not receive an e-mail.

If you did not receive your User Id and Password within 24 hours, contact . and put User Id/Password in subject line.

Q. I tried renewing my license, but received an error message stating, "You do not have any licenses eligible for renewal at this time. Please contact the SCLLR if you feel this is in error".

Send an e-mail to and include your name and license number. You will be contacted once the problem has been corrected.

Q. I received an error message when I tried to submit my credit card information.

You will have to contact your bank if you receive one of the following error codes:
a. 14
b. 51
c. 57
d. 63