NSBAIDRD ~ Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design
Registration Requirements: Residential Designers  |
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 21 years of age and of good moral character
  • Have a total of 5 years of education and practical training (as outlined in NAC 623.505); and
  • Pass the Residential Design Examination
  • Hold an architectural registration from another US jurisdiction.

Registration By Reciprocity  |
Architects registered to practice in another state may apply for registration by reciprocity and are not required to pass the Residential Design Exam. Applicants need not be NCARB certified.

Completion of the reciprocity process, and issuance of a license, is mandatory before any activities constituting the practice of residential design may begin for projects located in Nevada. Failure to comply with this state law is a misdemeanor and may result in the denial of your registration.

NRS Statute 623.180: No person may practice architecture or use the title of architect; or practice residential design or use the title residential designer; or practice as a registered interior designer or use the title of registered interior designer in this state without having a certificate issued to him under the provisions of this chapter.

Exam Information  |
The Residential Design Exam is a four-part exam, consisting of three written examinations and one graphic examination.  The written exams cover:
  • Structural technology
  • Materials and methods of construction
  • Building systems and life safety
The written portion of the exam is offered in February and August. The graphics portion is only administered in August.

Fees  |
Application Forms (if sent from the board office) $ 25
Examination for Registration as a Residential Designer (if the entire, four-part exam is taken at the same time) $300
Examination for Registration as a Residential Designer - Graphic portion only $150
Examination for Registration as a Residential Designer - Each written portion taken independently $ 75
Application Processing (reciprocal registration only) $300
Certificate (one time fee, upon initial registration) $125
Annual Registration $150
Annual Registration (prorated for initial registration in November or December) $ 75
Stamp (registration by examination only) $ 25
Late renewal of an expired certificate within 1 year after expiration (in addition to annual registration fee) $220
Late renewal of a certificate which has been expired for more than 1 year, but not more than 3 years (in addition to annual registration fee) $300
Restoration of a revoked certificate $300
Replacement of a certificate $ 30

Stamping Requirements  |
NAC 623.760 Seal for residential designer.

1.  Each residential designer shall obtain and possess an embossed seal, a seal designed as a rubber stamp or a seal in electronic format that complies with the following specifications:

     (a) The diameter of the seal must be approximately 1 7/8 inches.

     (b) The seal must contain the name of the registrant, his or her number of registration and conform to the following design:



2.  Each plan, specification, report or other document issued by a registrant must be signed and must be sealed or stamped by the registrant either manually or electronically.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 17, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 11-21-88; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R012-06, 5-4-2006; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

    information about sealing and signing documents

Forms and Notices  |

Rules of Conduct - Residential Designers

Registration Renewal Form

Residential Designer-Architect Agreement (required for RDs working under responsible control of architects per NRS 623.353)