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In the State of Minnesota, you must have a current Minnesota Occupational Therapy or Minnesota Occupational Therapy Assistant license before practicing or using protected titles. Any licensing or processing fees are your responsibility and are nonrefundable. The Board reserves the right to reject or cancel any outdated applications. Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are received by the Board office. 
 
Below is a brief description of each application method. Before applying, review each method to determine the one that best fits your circumstances.
 
Full Licensing Methods:
General: Persons that have received professional education from an accredited educational program for occupational therapy and have passed the NBCOT examination within the past two (2) years.
EquivalencyPersons that hold a current certificate issued by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and may hold or have held a credential in another state.
Reciprocity: Persons that DO NOT hold a current certificate issued by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), but hold a current and unrestricted credential for the practice of occupational therapy in another state or jurisdiction. 
Temporary Licensing Methods:
New Graduate: Persons that have completed professional education from an accredited educational program for occupational therapy within the past two (2) years, have not taken the NBCOT examination AND have an employer and qualified occupational therapist to serve as a supervisor.
Another State or NBCOT Certified: Persons that hold current and unrestricted credential for the practice of occupational therapy in another state or jurisdiction and/or hold a current certificate issued by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 
 
If you are an active license holder, additional license management information (name changes, address changes, renewals, fees, employment changes) is available in Renew/Update Your License.

Online Services

The following processes occur through your online account:

  • License Renewal for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • New applications for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Temporary license applications
  • Address, practice location, phone and email address updates
  • Minnesota License Verification Requests (active and inactive licensees may access their online account)
Name Change? Click here for directions.

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Renewals - OTA Renewal Now Open

OTA's with a license expiring November 30th, 2020, may now complete your renewal. Log into your online account to start your renewal. Detail information is available under Renew/Update Your License.

Criminal Background Check

Minnesota Statute §214.075 requires that all applicants for initial licensure, licensure by endorsement, reinstatement of a license after a year, or interstate licensure compact applicants complete a criminal background check. Click here for more information

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