Occupational Therapy: FAQs

Q: How long does the application process take?

Once your application file is complete, a license number will be issued within 2–5 business days.

Q: How often does the board meet?

The board meets approximately four times per year.

Q: How soon can I receive a provisional permit?

A provisional permit may be issued within 2–5 business days of the necessary forms, fees, and documents being filed.

Q: I need to receive licensure in another state; how soon can you send the verification?

License verifications will be sent to the other state within 2–5 business days of receipt and can be requested without a fee on our licensee website portal https://nmrldlpi.force.com

Q: I am licensed in another state; can I receive a provisional permit?

No. You can receive a provisional permit ONLY if you have not received certification by NBCOT.

Q: Can I receive a provisional permit without employment?

No. You must have a supervisory form on file with the board office before a provisional permit is issued, which requires a supervisor’s signature and place of employment.

Q: I need to have NBCOT send verification of my certification to your state. How do I do that?

You can contact them at www.nbcot.org.

Q: Do you have reciprocity with other states?

No. We require verification of your certification from NBCOT regardless of where you are licensed.

Q: I want to be a member of the board. What is the process?

You can send in a copy of your résumé along with a cover letter stating your desire to become a board member to the board office. We will send it to the appropriate personnel in the governor’s office.

Can I apply for a license if I have a degree that is in Kinesiology or Education?

Your educational study should be in an approved course for Occupational Therapy as designated by ACOTE (https://acoteonline.org/all-schools/), and must meet the eligibility requirements to take the national exam. Once you have met the eligibility requirements you can submit an application for licensure and provide the exam eligibility or score report.

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