In the Commonwealth of Virginia, Architect licenses are governed by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). DPOR's mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by licensing qualified individuals and businesses and enforcing standards of professional conduct for professions and occupations as designated by statute.
As part of DPOR, occupations have a licensing and regulatory board. For Architects it is the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board). This 13-member Board examines, licenses and regulates the approximately 35,000 Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects and related business entities in Virginia.
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463
District of Columbia
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Other Useful Licensing Resources:
Getting Licensed - A resource page on the National AIA website
AIA Northern Virginia's ARE Prep Series
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)