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The board’s mission is to protect the public through effective licensure and enforcement of the statutes and rules governing the practice of occupational therapy to reasonably ensure a standard of competent and ethical practice.



Effective January 1, 2018, the newly created Board of Occupational Therapy Practice will be responsible for the administration of the Occupational Therapy Licensing Program.
Update as of May 11, 2018:  License processing continues at the Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.  We are working through the applications transferred to the Board from the Minnesota Department of Health.  If you have questions about an application, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The following application types will occur primarily through the online portal: 
  • License Renewal for OT and OTA
  • New applications for OT and OTA
  • Address, name and practice location updates
  • Temporary license applications
Many of these will include components that must be submitted in paper. Please CLOSELY REVIEW the application directions for each licensure as they become available to ensure you are completing all required components of your application type.
Update as of April 23, 2018:  Licensing has transferred to the Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.  All applications should be submitted through the online portal.  
Data migration and file transfer has been completed however some gaps in data for existing paper applications have caused a delay in finalizing licenses. Staff are working to correct these gaps and ensure licenses that are already in process can be processed as quickly as possible. 
Update April 13, 2018: Final phases of the transition from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to the Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy Practice (Board) have begun.
Renewal Notices were mailed on Friday April 6, 2018. Watch for the portal to open to begin your online renewal process. You will be required to create an online account to complete the renewal process. Be sure to follow the step by step directions available to set up your new account and complete your renewal.
Thank you again for your patience as we work through this transition process. 
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 214.075, effective January 1, 2018, applicants for licensure will be required to submit to a criminal history records check. The fee for the criminal background check is $32, in addition to the license application fee of $145 for occupational therapists and $80 for occupational therapy assistants. Once the fee is paid, the Health Licensing Board Background Check office will contact applicants with instructions on how to comply with the background check requirements. 
Please note: The additional $32.00 background check requirement is only for new Occupational Therapy practitioners. If you are renewing your existing occupational therapy license (in a timely manner)  you do NOT have to complete a Criminal Background Check.
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