Current Illinois Issues

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

State Regulator Announces Paperless Renewals, Licensing for Professionals

The transition away from paper-based renewals and licenses means that regulated professionals will now be able to renew their license quickly and easily online, and be provided proof of licensure through email and IDFPR’s License Lookup application.  For more information, visit the  Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's (IDFPR) announcement.

Professional Licensure: Title vs. Practice Act

There are two different types of mandated licensing known as "Title Acts" and "Practice Acts." 

  • Title Acts: No one without a license may call him or herself a landscape architect. 
  • Practice Acts: No one without a license may perform the work of a landscape architect.

Each state sets its own requirements for registration, but all require candidates to pass a national examination known as the Landscape Architect Registration Examination or LARE.


Illinois currently works under a Title Act, which will sunset in 2020.  The goal is to move toward a Practice Act.  If you are interested in being involved in discussions surrounding the move, please contact our president at [email protected].