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.
|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||1-2 weeks||Wyoming OT Form|
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