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Sounds like a bureaucratic snafu. Most state boards have an appeals process. In order to find out the procedure, I would not rely on something that they told you. You need to research the rules of the board and the State registration laws to find out what they are obligated to do. Once you have that information, you should be able to request an appeal to the appropriate place. Make sure you do everything in writing, registered mail, not email. With all the backup you have there should not be a need for an attorney. In addition, NCARB usually has your original application material filed away. Even though it is 40 years old, it would still probably be in offsite storage. Try requesting copies of the documents from NCARB.Good Luck
Just an update, formal license issued, drawings being prepared and to be filed fairly soon. But wanted all to be aware of a few things in case anyone else faces anything similar1. NCARB - while they have been basically useless on this matter, I did get a call from their VP of customer service who said she went through all the email/correspondence as well as my files and acknowledged that there was a problem at NCARB which they are now addressing and will hopefully correct soon.2. AIA - ashamed to say totally useless. Not one member of local, state was able to help...or for that matter even offered. I offered my assistance to help strategize/organize some way to help others in the future and it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. However, what did upset me was I received an email from a staff person through the aia website with a "no reply" senders address so I could not respond. She advised that "my message" was taken down due to a "violation of code of conduct". And quite honestly, it wasn't my message but another member's thoughtless response, which quite frankly stated inaccurate facts, that should have received this message. Oh well, life goes on This is the last update, wishing everyone happy holiday, happy and healthy new year and thanks to all again for your support and advice.Larry