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OT Another State or NBCOT Certified Application (Licensed by Equivalency or Reciprocity)

In the State of Minnesota, you must have a current Minnesota Occupational Therapy (OT) license before you begin practicing or using protected titles. Any licensing and processing fees incurred 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 The Board reserves the right to reject or cancel any outdated applications.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. 
 
Thoroughly review the application materials before submitting your online application. Any licensing and processing fees incurred are your responsibility and are nonrefundable. The Board reserves the right to reject or cancel an outdated applications. 
 
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. 
 
Methods of Licensing:
 
Licensing by Equivalency:
You may qualify for Licensing by Equivalency, under Minnesota Statutes §148.6412, if you hold a current certificate issued by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and/or are credentialed in another state. Your certification with NBCOT MUST be current. 
 
Documents to be sent directly to the Board office:
  • NBCOT Verification of Certification. (NOT exam scores). Information on how to request your verification of certification may be found at NBCOT web page; and 
  • If you hold or have held a license in another state or jurisdiction you must request a License Verification letter from the state or jurisdiction in which you are/were credentialed.
 
Licensing by Reciprocity:
You may qualify for Licensing by Reciprocity, under Minnesota Statutes §148.6415, if you hold or have held a credential as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state or jurisdiction and you do not hold current NBCOT certification.
 
Documents to be sent directly to the Board office:
  • License Verification letter from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or held an OT or OTA license;
  • A copy of a current credential for the practice of occupational therapy as either an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; and 
  • Statute or administrative rules at the time of license issuance sent directly from that jurisdiction. The information must demonstrate that the requirements for the credential are equivalent to or exceed the requirements for licensure under Minnesota Statute §148.6401 to 148.6449.
 
Criminal Background Check (CBC):
A fingerprint information packet will be sent to you AFTER a licensure application and fees have been submitted online. Emails are sent directly from the CBC office. If an email does not appear in your main email inbox within one (1) to two (2) business days, check your spam inbox. 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
 
Miscellaneous Information:
If you answered yes to any of the practice questions, please submit further legal/medical documentation. Additionally, provide the Board with a detailed written explanation as to what led up to the incidents you reported on your application and how it has or hasn't affected you. 
 
Legal documents; Request the county or jurisdiction to provide the MN Board with any legal documents (arrest records, court documents, dismissal of charges etc.) related to the incident. They must be mailed to the Board office by the state or jurisdiction. If the documentation cannot be mailed directly to us have the appropriate agency mail or provide them directly to you and do not open the envelope. Please place the sealed envelope in a new envelope and mail or deliver to the Board office. If records are no longer available, have the jurisdiction send a letter indicating this.
 
Questions:
If you have specific questions about the application process contact the Board office directly. 
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