Occupational Therapy

Licenses & Certifications

Use our interactive Occupational Therapy License & Certification map to find timeframes and direct links to license requirements for each state.

StateSpecialtyTimeframeNotesApplication
AlaskaOT4-6 weeks Alaska OT
AlabamaOT1 week Alabama OT
ArkansasOT2 weeksFingerprint card required Arkansas OT
ArizonaOTBoard review - 2nd Friday each monthFingerprint card required Arizona OT
CaliforniaOT60 day permit issued once application is receivedLiveScan or fingerprint card required California OT
ColoradoOT2-3 weeks Colorado OT
ConnecticutOT1-2 weeks Connecticut OT
District of ColumbiaOT3 weeksFingerprint card required District of Columbia OT
DelawareOT1-2 weeksNeed score report- not verification of certification Delaware OT
FloridaOT5-6 weeks Florida OT
GeorgiaOT6-8 weeksFingerprint card required Georgia OT
HawaiiOT4-6 weeks Hawaii OT
IowaOT1-2 weeksOnline application Iowa OT
IdahoOT1-2 weeks Idaho OT
IllinoisOT6-8 weeksNeed score report- not verification of certification Illinois OT
IndianaOT2-4 weeksFingerprint card required and need score report- not verification of certification Indiana OT
KansasOTBased on monthly board meetings Kansas OT
KentuckyOTBased on monthly board meetings Kentucky OT
LouisianaOT6-10 weeks +Board meetingFingerpring cards required - must appear before board meeting for license Louisiana OT
MassachusettsOT5-6 weeksLicense processed through PCS in Tennessee Massachusetts OT
MarylandOTBoard review - 3rd Friday of each monthFingerpring cards required - must appear before board meeting for license Maryland OT
MaineOT2-3 weeks Maine OT
MichiganOT4-6 weeksFingerprint card required and need score report- not verification of certification Michigan OT
MinnesotaOT3-4 weeksNeed score report- not verification of certification Minnesota OT
MissouriOT3-4 weeksLiveScan or fingerprint cards required Missouri OT
MississippiOT3-4 weeks Mississippi OT
MontanaOT1 week Montana OT
North CarolinaOT1-2 weeksMust request application from board- $10 fee North Carolina OT
North DakotaOTVaries. Licenses are mailed out weekly once all documentation is receivedNeed score report - not verification of certification North Dakota OT
NebraskaOT1-2 weeksNeed score report- not verification of certification Nebraska OT
New HampshireOTBoard review- 4th Monday each monthMust obtain criminal history reports from any state lived/worked in (done through state police); request application from board New Hampshire OT
New JerseyOT8-10 weeksFingerprint cards required; score report required if NBCOT exam was after 1/1/2003 New Jersey OT
New MexicoOT1-2 weeks New Mexico OT
NevadaOT2-3 weeks Nevada OT
New YorkOT2-3 weeks New York OT
OhioOT3-4 weeks with LiveScan; otherwise 3-4 monthsLiveScan or fingerprint cards required; Need score report- not verification Ohio OT
OklahomaOTCan practice 90 days while license is pendingNeed score report- not verification of certification Oklahoma OT
OregonOT1-2 weeksNew jurisprudence exam as of 1/1/2014 Oregon OT
PennsylvaniaOT2-3 weeksEffective 1/1/2013, OTs must have minimum of $1M professional liability insurance Pennsylvania OT
Rhode IslandOT4-6 weeks Rhode Island OT
South CarolinaOT4-6 weeksOnline application South Carolina OT
South DakotaOTVariesOnline application or call board at 605-367-7781. South Dakota OT
TennesseeOT4-6 weeks Tennessee OT
TexasOT1-2 weeksOnline application; Need score report- not verification of certification Texas OT
UtahOT2-3 weeksScore report or verification of certification Utah OT
VirginiaOT30 daysOnline application Virginia OT
VermontOT1-2 weeks Vermont OT
WashingtonOT6-8 weeks Washington OT
WisconsinOT1-2 weeks Wisconsin OT
West VirginiaOT1-2 weeks West Virginia OT