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Fees: $137.50 ($125.00 renewal fee + $12.50 MN state technology surcharge).

The Board has a NEW ONLINE RENEWAL SYSTEM WHICH WILL REQUIRE YOU TO FIRST CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT BY ENTERING YOUR FULL NAME/SSN/DATE OF BIRTH AND THEN CREATE AN INDIVIDUAL USER NAME AND PASSWORD. This account will be used for all future online activity, so maintain a copy of your login information.  

REPORTING CONTINUING EDUCATION is NOT required this year. The current (2) year reporting cycle is from 1/1/14 - 12/31/15.


1. Online at our Secure Website - just click the "Renew your License" button and use a MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card

2. Print a paper Renewal Form ("Forms" page) or request a renewal form by email at and mail it with your check or money order (no credit cards).  

  • If you do not intend to renew your license, notify the Board in writing via US Mail or email at

  • To avoid late fees, your renewal must be postmarked on or before 12/31/14 and online transactions must be fully completed by midnight 12/31/14. You are strongly encouraged to renew early online, allowing time for any technical difficulties which may occur.

PROPOSED RULEMAKING – Request for Comments

The Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (“Board”) has initiated the rulemaking process to modify its current administrative rules (Minn.R.5300). This process was commenced by the Board’s publication of the “Request for Comments” in the Minnesota State Register on December 1, 2014. You may review the “Request for Comments” by clicking here: Request for Comments. You may review the Board’s proposed rule modifications by clicking here: Proposed Rules. New rule language is underscored. Language to be deleted is stricken through. Please note that these modifications to the Board’s rules are proposed only. The final rule language may be different.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns about the proposed modifications, or any of the Board’s other rules, please feel free to submit them in writing to the Board as indicated in the “Request for Comments”.

Please note that this will not be your final opportunity to comment on the proposed modifications. Once the final modifications are approved by the Board, it will publish a “Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules” in the Minnesota State Register. At that time, interested parties will have the opportunity to submit written comments, support or objections to the modifications, as well as request a public hearing. If the Board receives 25 or more written requests for a hearing, it will be held in the time and place indicated in the Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules.

Our Mission: 

To protect the public through effective licensure and enforcement of the statutes and rules governing the practice of marriage and family therapists to ensure a standard of competent and ethical practice.

Marriage and Family Therapy is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, whether affective, behavioral, or cognitive, within the context of family systems. When working with individuals, couples, families, or other large systems, the marriage and family therapist conceptualizes and implements treatment from a systemic perspective or framework.

News Items:

  • Revised Application for National Examination: The "Application for National Examination in MFT" has been revised. The new form is available on the "Applicants" and "Forms" pages. When completing this application, please ensure you are using the form with "AppVer-11/2014" printed in the lower, left-hand corner. Older application versions will not be accepted after December 1, 2014.  
  • Board Appointments:  On June 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of attorney Kathryn Graves, Minneapolis, to the Board effective June 16, 2014 - January 1, 2018. Ms. Graves will serve as one of two public members of the Board, taking over the seat held by Kay Ek, who now concludes eight years of Board service. We congratulate Ms. Graves on her appointment and thank her for her service.

    On April 15, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of two Board members to the Board of Marriage & Family Therapy. Dr. Herb Grant, Minneapolis, and Dr. John Seymour, Mankato, were each appointed to a third term on the Board effective April 20, 2014 - January 1, 2018. We congratulate Dr. Grant and Dr. Seymour on their appointment and thank them for their service to the Board.

  • Electronic Health Records: Minnesota Statute 621.495 mandated implementation of electronic health records (EHR) by January 1, 2015, for all MN health care providers. The Minnesota Department of Health serves as the primary resource for issues and inquiries relating to EHR in Minnesota. A list of informational and reference sources can be found here. 

  • Note for Recent Graduates: The Board recommends that recent graduates working in a therapy-related practice not utilize the designation "MA MFT" or "MS MFT" on business cards or advertising materials (e.g. "John Smith, MA MFT" or "Sue Jones, MS MFT"). Usage of these letters to denote an earned graduate degree have resulted in complaints alleging unlicensed practice of marriage and family therapy by the individual (as "MFT" is recognized and regularly used as an abbreviation for "marriage and family therapist," a protected practice term), or cause confusion for members of the public who mistake the letters as a representation of licensed status by the provider.

  • LMFT Factsheet: The Minnesota Department of Health has posted its LMFT Workforce factsheet online. Information compiled in the factsheet is from the workforce survey conducted as part of the LMFT license renewal process. 
  • Rule Revision:  A draft rule revision is under consideration by the Board’s Rules Committee.  Once adopted by the full Board, the proposed rule revision will be available for distribution and comment to all licensees and interested stakeholders.   It is anticipated the proposed rule revision will be available for review Fall 2014 and will be posted on the Board’s website at that time.

Board Meetings: 

All meetings will be held at 9:30 am 

  • January 16 2015
  • March 27, 2014 (4th Friday)
  • May 15, 2015
  • July 17, 2015
  • September 18, 2015
  • November 20, 2015 

All meetings will be held at Board office building. Dates and times are subject to change.

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