Travel Occupational Therapist License Processing Timeframes by State

Below are the average license processing timeframes for traveling occupational therapists per state.

Please note that timeframes for verifications, transcripts, score transfers and background checks can affect the processing times, and each traveling occupational therapist's situation may vary slightly. Please check with your travel recruiter to get more detailed information.

Verifications: Most states require verifications of all professional occupational therapy licenses ever held, both current and expired. There is typically a form within the application package that you can use to submit your verification requests. You will need to copy this form and use one for each state in which you have ever been licensed as an occupational therapist. We recommend that you check with those state boards to find out the mailing address and fee for verifications.

Score Transfer: All states require you to request a transfer of your NBCOT scores. This request is an online process where you will submit your information and payment via the NBCOT website. Your score report will be mailed to the board within 15 business days.

Transcripts: Some states require original transcripts delivered directly from your school. Please read through the application carefully to see if this situation applies. If transcripts are required, the application package may contain a request form you can use to submit to your school. Always check with your school to confirm where these requests are to be sent and find out if they charge a fee for this service. Important: State boards will not accept copies of transcripts that you might already have received. They must be originals sent directly from the school.

CEUs: Some states require the completion of CEUs for licensure. Please read through the application carefully to see what CEUs, if any, are required for initial licensure.

StateTimeframeApplicationNotes
Alabama 1 week Alabama OT Form  
Alaska 4-6 weeks Alaska OT Form  
Arizona Board review - 2nd Friday each month Arizona OT Form Fingerprint card required
Arkansas 2 weeks Arkansas OT Form Fingerprint card required
California 60 day permit issued once application is received California OT Form LiveScan or fingerprint card required
Colorado 2-3 weeks Colorado OT Form  
Connecticut 1-2 weeks Connecticut OT Form  
Delaware 1-2 weeks Delaware OT Form Need score report- not verification of certification
District of Columbia 3 weeks District of Columbia OT Form Fingerprint card required
Florida 5-6 weeks Florida OT Form  
Georgia 6-8 weeks Georgia OT Form Fingerprint card required
Hawaii 4-6 weeks Hawaii OT Form  
Idaho 1-2 weeks Idaho OT Form  
Illinois 6-8 weeks Illinois OT Form Need score report- not verification of certification
Indiana 2-4 weeks Indiana OT Form Fingerprint card required and need score report- not verification of certification
Iowa 1-2 weeks Iowa OT Form Online application
Kansas 4-8 weeks Kansas OT Form  
Kentucky Based on monthly board meetings Kentucky OT Form  
Louisiana 6-10 weeks +Board meeting Louisiana OT Form Fingerpring cards required - must appear before board meeting for license
Maine 2-3 weeks Maine OT Form  
Maryland Board review - 3rd Friday of each month Maryland OT Form Must have notary seal over a portion of passport photo on application
Massachusetts 5-6 weeks Massachusetts OT Form Licence processed through PCS in Tennessee
Michigan 4-6 weeks Michigan OT Form Fingerprint card required and need score report- not verification of certification
Minnesota 3-4 weeks Minnesota OT Form Need score report- not verification of certification
Mississippi 3-4 weeks Mississippi OT Form  
Missouri 3-4 weeks Missouri OT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Montana 1 week Montana OT Form  
Nebraska 1-2 weeks Nebraska OT Form Need score report- not verification of certification
Nevada 2-3 weeks Nevada OT Form  
New Hampshire Board review- 4th Monday each month Call 603.271.8389 to obtain an application Must obtain criminal history reports from any state lived/worked in (done through state police); request application from board
New Jersey 8-10 weeks New Jersey OT Form Fingerprint cards required; score report required if NBCOT exam was after 1/1/2003
New Mexico 1-2 weeks New Mexico OT Form  
New York 2-3 weeks New York OT Form  
North Carolina 1-2 weeks North Carolina OT Form Must request application from board- $10 fee
North Dakota Varies. Licenses are mailed out weekly once all documentation is received. North Dakota OT Form Need score report - not verification of certification
Ohio 3-4 weeks with LiveScan; otherwise 3-4 months Ohio OT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required; Need score report- not verification
Oklahoma Can practice 90 days while license is pending Oklahoma OT Form Need score report- not verification of certification
Oregon 1-2 weeks Oregon OT Form New jurisprudence exam as of 1/1/2014
Pennsylvania 2-3 weeks Pennsylvania OT Form Effective 1/1/2013, OTs must have minimum of $1M professional liability insurance
Rhode Island 4-6 weeks Rhode Island OT Form  
South Carolina 4-6 weeks South Carolina OT Form Online application
South Dakota Varies South Dakota OT Form Online application or call board at 605-367-7781.
Tennessee 4-6 weeks Tennessee OT Form Fingerprint cards required
Texas 1-2 weeks Texas OT Form Online application; Need score report- not verification of certification
Utah 2-3 weeks Utah PT Form Score report or verification of certification
Vermont 1-2 weeks Vermont OT Form  
Virginia 30 days or less Virginia OT Form Online application
Washington 6-8 weeks Washington OT Form AIDS education and training requirement
West Virginia 1-2 weeks West Virginia OT Form  
Wisconsin 6-10 weeks Wisconsin OT Form  
Wyoming 1 week Wyoming OT Form  

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