Travel Physical Therapist License Processing Timeframes by State

Below are the average license processing times for traveling physical therapists per state.

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

Verifications: Most states require verifications of all professional PT 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. 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 NPTE scores. The link to the request page on the FSBPT website can be found here. This request is an online process where you will submit your information and payment via the FSBPT website. Your score report will be automatically transferred to the board within 5 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 3-5 weeks Alabama PT Form  
Alaska 4-6 weeks Alaska PT Form  
Arizona Based on board meeting Arizona PT Form  
Arkansas 1 week Arkansas PT Form  
California 5-7 weeks with LiveScan; 8-10 weeks with fingerprint cards California PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Colorado 4-6 weeks Colorado PT Form  
Connecticut 2-3 weeks Connecticut PT Form  
Delaware 4-8 weeks Delaware PT Form  
District of Columbia Board review- 3rd Tuesday of each month District of Columbia PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Florida 2-3 weeks Florida PT Form  
Georgia 5-7 weeks Georgia PT Form  
Hawaii 4-5 weeks Hawaii PT Form  
Idaho 3-4 weeks Idaho PT Form  
Illinois 6-8 weeks Illinois PT Form  
Indiana 2-4 weeks Indiana PT Form  
Iowa 2-4 weeks Iowa PT Form  
Kansas 6-8 weeks Kansas PT Form  
Kentucky 1-2 weeks Kentucky PT Form HIV/AIDS education course required through state
Louisiana 1-2 weeks after board meeting Louisiana PT Form Proof of 30 CEUs within past 2 years; interview with board required for licensing
Maine 2-3 weeks Maine PT Form Online application
Maryland 1-2 weeks Maryland PT Form  
Massachusetts 5-6 weeks Massachusetts PT Form License processed through PCS in Tennessee
Michigan 6-8 weeks Michigan PT Form  
Minnesota 5 days (temp permit) Minnesota PT Form Online application; full license issued with board meeting
Mississippi 1-2 weeks Mississippi PT Form Online application; fingerprint cards required
Missouri 6 weeks Missouri PT Form  
Montana 2 weeks after board meeting Montana PT Form Online application
Nebraska 1-2 weeks Nebraska PT Form  
Nevada 3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 6-8 weeks with fingerprint cards Nevada PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
New Hampshire Board review- 3rd Wednesday of 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 4-8 weeks New Jersey PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
New Mexico 1-3 weeks New Mexico PT Form  
New York 4-8 weeks New York PT Form  
North Carolina 2-3 weeks after board review North Carolina PT Form  
North Dakota 1-2 weeks North Dakota PT Form Online application
Ohio 3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 3-4 months with fingerprint cards Ohio PT Form Online application
Oklahoma Board review (3 meetings per year) Oklahoma PT Form  
Oregon Temp permit issued 2-3 days with one license verification Oregon PT Form 1 hour pain management course required
Pennsylvania 2-3 weeks Pennsylvania PT Form Online application
Rhode Island 4-6 weeks Rhode Island PT Form  
South Carolina 4 weeks South Carolina PT Form Online application
South Dakota Varies South Dakota PT Form Online application
Tennessee 3-6 weeks Tennessee PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Texas 1-2 weeks Texas PT Form Online application
Utah 2-4 weeks Utah PT Form  
Vermont 1-2 weeks Vermont PT Form  
Virginia 1-2 weeks Virginia PT Form Online application
Washington Temp permit within 3-4 weeks Washington PT Form AIDS education and traning required
West Virginia 2-3 weeks West Virginia PT Form  
Wisconsin 1-2 weeks Wisconsin PT Form  
Wyoming 3-4 weeks Wyoming PT Form Fingerprint cards required

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