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Application - New Graduate (General)

Account Login - Applicants must apply online. New users must "Register to Access Site". Applications work best in Google Chrome.
Verification of License Form - Send this form to the licensing agency to verify licenses held in another state or jurisdiction
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 The Board reserves the right to reject or cancel any outdated applications.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. 
Note: Before beginning the online application process you will need to have detailed information available including: social security number, alien card number, or Tax ID number, and if applicable, other license or registration numbers, date issued, and expiration dates. 
Method Of Licensing: 
Apply for a full license by General type under Minnesota Statutes §148.6408, if you have received your professional education from an accredited educational program for occupational therapy and have passed the NBCOT examination within the past two (2) years.
Scheduled to Take Your Exam?
You may apply prior to completion of your exam. However, be aware fees are non-refundable and one year of inactivity on your account may result in application cancellation.

How to Get Started:
All applicants are required to complete the following: 
  • Online Application: Complete the online application through your online account. License fees are submitted at the end of the online application. First time users are required to "Register to Access Site". (Account Login is linked above). 
  • Criminal Background Check: Minnesota Law requires that all applicants for initial licensure must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. The Criminal Background Check (CBC) Office will email you a packet containing additional information and directions after you submit the application and fees online. CBC results can take up to three (3) to five (5) weeks following receipt of the fingerprint packet in the CBC office. Detailed information on the CBC process can be found on the CBC website
  • Practice Questions: If you answered yes to any of the practice questions, you may be required to submit further legal/medical documentation. The Board office will contact you concerning the documentation needed. 
  • In addition to the above, submit the additional documentation listed below, required for each licensing method. 
General - Documents to be sent directly to the Board office:
  • Occupational Therapy Degree Transcript: Your official transcript must include your professional degree and date awarded. The transcript must be sent directly from your school or transcript agency in an unopened, sealed envelope or by official electronic version to the Board's contact information below. 
  • NBCOT Exam Score Transfer: Information on how to request your exam scores may be found on the NBCOT website. The NBCOT Exam Score Transfer is not the same document as the Verification of Certification. 
  • License Verification: Provide this documentation for all licenses you hold or have held for the practice of occupational therapy and/or healthcare. Information should be sent directly from the licensing agency to the Board office. Provide the licensing agency, with the Verification of License Form linked above. However, the licensing agency may use their own template, as long as all the information on the Minnesota Board form is included.
  • Additional information may be requested from the Board. 
Online Application Tips:
  • Contact Information: If you currently reside in a foreign country, select "FC" in the state box. Provide the country name in the country box.
  • Occupation and Other Education: If your school is not listed in the drop down menu, select "Other School", then manually enter the school name and location. The Board requires that your provide ALL higher education, including other degrees earned and other schools attended. Ensure you include the dates attended for each school.
After the Board receives ALL necessary documents, allow five (5) to ten (10) business days for review of your license application. 
What Happens Once My License Has Been Approved?
Once approved for full licensure, you will receive correspondence via mail and your license information will appear on the License Lookup tool. You may begin to practice as soon as your name appears on our License Look Up tool. The website is updated as licenses are issued. Each licensee is responsible for following the Continuing Education Requirements. Read the Continuing Education Requirements in Minnesota Statute §148.6443.
Maintain Current Contact Information: 
Per Minnesota Statute §148.6428, each licensee is responsible for maintaining current name, address, and primary employment information with the Board. These changes must be submitted to the Board within thirty (30) days of the change. All notices or correspondence provided to the licensee's contact information on file will be considered delivered. Click here to find detail information. 
If you require an alternate format (i.e., large print), please call 1-800-627-3529.
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