Massage & Bodywork State Licensing Requirements

Massage therapists are licensed in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Licensure is required in each state in which a massage therapist practices and must be renewed on a regular basis, with a majority of states requiring continuing education as a requirement for renewal. Massage therapists must practice within the scope of practice defined by these state licensure laws (massage therapy practice acts in most cases). The practice acts, rules and regulations, comprise the law governing massage therapy practice within a state. A summary of state regulations, along with a link to state websites, can be found by clicking on a state below.

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State License

Office of Health
Professional Regulation
3 Capitol Hill, Room 104
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Tel: 401-222-2827
Fax: 401-222-1272

> Website (massage therapists listed under "Other Healthcare Specialties")

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500hrs and NCETMB
Renewal: no CEU req/1yr

State License

Puerto Rico Board of Examiners of Massage Therapists
Junta Examinadora de Especialistas en Belleza
Calle Rafael Cordero # 154
Oficina Num. 500
Viejo San Juan San Juan, PR 00902-3271
Tel: 787-725-8538
> Website
click on: Juntas Examinadoras Adscritas al Departamento


Title Massage Therapist
Requirements: 1000 hours and exam
Renewal: not yet determined

State License
Division of Professional Licensing
110 Center View
PO Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29210
Tel: 803-896-4490
Fax: 803-896-4484

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500hrs & NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 12hrs/2yrs
State License
Massage Therapy Board
PO Box 1062
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Tel: 605-271-7103
Fax: 605-331-2043
E-mail: sdmtb.msp@midconetwork.com

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours, NCETMB or MBLEx and CPR
Renewal: 8 hrs/2 yrs
State License

Massage Therapy Advisory Board
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12057
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel: 512-463-6599
Fax: 512-463-9468
Email: CS.MassageTherapy@tdlr.texas.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 12hrs/2yrs

State License

Massage Licensure Board
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37243
Tel: 615-253-3202, 800-778-4123
Fax: 615-532-5164

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500hrs and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 25hrs/2yrs
2 hrs ethics
2 hrs TN law

Reflexology Registry

State License
State Board of Massage Therapy
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Tel: 717-783-7155
Fax: 717-787-7769
E-mail: RA-Massagetherapy@state.pa.us

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours and MBLEx or NCBTMB exam
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs. Minimum 4 hrs ethics and minimum 16 contact hrs AND maintain CPR certification.
State License

Oregon Board of Massage Therapists
748 Hawthorne Ave NE
Salem, OR 97301
Tel: 503-365-8657
Fax: 503-385-4465
> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 625 hours, and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 25hrs/2yrs
15 contact hours required
(can include online if interactive)

State License
State License
State Board of Massage Therapy
89 Washington Ave
Second Floor
Albany, NY 12234
Tel: 518-474-3817 ext. 410
Note: Massage category is #27.
Email: opunit3@mail.nysed.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 1000 hrs and state exam
Renewal: Beginning Jan 1, 2012 - 36 hrs/ 3 yrs Up to 36 hours can be online, provider should be NY approved.
State License

Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy
PO Box 2539
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: 919-546-0050
Fax: 919-833-1059
Email: admin@bmbt.org

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Max 12 hrs online
Max 3 hrs of business
Min 3 hrs ethics

State License

State Board of Massage
PO Box 98
Mandan, ND 58554
Contact: Office Manager - Amy Heilman
Tel: 701-667-9378
Email: ah.ndbom@gmail.com

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 750 hrs, NCETMB and practical exams
Renewal: 24 hrs/2yrs
Max 10 hrs online

State License

Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (regulates massage therapy)

2401 NW 23rd, Suite 84
Shepherd Mall
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405-521-2441
Fax: 405-521-2440

> Website (Cosmetology Board)
> Website (Massage Therapy Program)

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Qualifications: Grandfathering until 5/1/17. After 5/1/17, 500 hours plus MBLEx or NCBTMB.
Renewal: 16 hours/2 years
State License

State Medical Board
Massage Licensing Division
30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6127
Tel: 614-466-3934
Fax: 614-728-5946

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 750 hours with minimum 9 month program, and MBLEx

State License
Virgin Islands Department of Health
Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital
3500 Richmond
Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820-4370
Tel: 340-773-1311 ext 3047

Title Massage Therapist
Requirements: 500 hours
Renewal: 3hrs CEU in HIV/STD/AIDS
State License
Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
Board of Massage
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84145
Tel: 801-530-6628
Fax: 801-530-6511

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: no CEU req/2yrs
No State Regulation

There is no state regulation. Contact your City Clerk to find local requirements.

State License
Department of Regulation & Licensure
1400 E. Washington Avenue
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708
Tel: 608-266-2112
Fax: 608-267-0644

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600hrs and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24 hours/2 years
State License
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
6603 W. Broad St., Fifth Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
Tel: 804-367-4403
Fax: 804-662-9943
E-mail: nursebd@dhpvirginia.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist (as of July 1, 2016)
Requirement: 500hrs and MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Min of 12 hrs provided by NCBTMB provider
No State Regulation

There is no state regulation. Contact your City Clerk to find local requirements.

State License
Department of Health
Massage Program
PO Box 47865
Olympia, WA 98504-7868
Tel: 360-236-4700
Fax: 360-236-4818
Email: hpqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Practitioner
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Max 12 hours online
Min 8 hrs hands-on
4 hrs ethics or WA law
State License

Department of Health
Health Professional Licensing Administration

Board of Massage Therapy
825 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202-724-4900, 877-672-2174

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hrs and NCETMB or MBLEX
Maintenance: 12hrs/2yrs
3 hrs ethics
6 hrs hands-on required

State License
Massage Therapy Licensure Board
Peoples Building
179 Summers Street
Suite 711
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: 304-558-1060 or
800-871-7265
Fax: 304-558-1061

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
State License
Massage Therapy Board
Toney Anaya Building, Second Floor
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Tel: 505-476-4870
Fax: 505-476-4645
Email: massage.board@state.nm.us
You must enclose a stamped, self-addressed, #10 envelope when requesting a copy of regulations.

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 650 hrs and NCETMB or or MBLEx
Renewal: 16hrs/2yrs
4 hrs ethics
State License

Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
PO Box 47032
Newark, NJ 07101
Tel: 973-504-6520
askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist or Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hrs and MBLEx/NCBTMB/NCCAOM
Renewal: 20 hrs/2 yrs
Business courses do not qualify as CE
Current CPR and AED

State License
Board Offices
Application/Payment Address
PO Box 13446
Macon, GA 31208
Tel: 478-207-2440
Fax: 478-207-1354

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours & NCE or MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
12 hrs must be hands-on
State License
Florida Department of Health
Medical Quality Assurance
Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin #C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Tel: 850-245-4161
Fax: 850-921-6184
Email: MQA_MassageTherapy@doh.state.fl.us

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500hrs & NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Minimum 12 hrs hands-on MT techniques
Minimum 2 hrs in each subject: medical error prevention, Florida law, and ethics
State License

Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
State Board of Massage
PO Box 3469
1010 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96801
Tel: 808-587-3222
E-mail: massage@dcca.hawaii.gov
Copy of laws: $1.25

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 570 hrs and a written exam administered by the state. Apprenticeship permits available
Renewal: no CEU req/2yrs

State License

Contact Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Tel: 208-334-3233
Fax: 208-334-3945
E-mail: ibol@ibol.idaho.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx, NCETMB, NCETM, or other Board-approved exam
Renewal: 6 hours/1 year starting after first renewal

Regulation Passed
Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: State Board of Massage Therapy
402 W Washington St, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel: 317-234-8800
E-mail: pla6@pla.IN.gov

> Website

Title: Certified Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: Certifications expire May 15 of every fourth year (2017, 2021, 2025)
State License

Department of Professional Regulations
320 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Tel: Springfield office 217-785-0820
Chicago office 312-814-4500
Email: www.idfpr.com/profs/Email/prfGrp01.asp

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours & MBLEx OR NCBTMB
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Max 12 hrs online
2 hrs ethics

State License

Delaware Board of Massage & Bodywork
Cannon Building, #203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904
Tel: 302-744-4500
Fax: 302-739-2711
Email: Ashley.stewart@state.de.us

> Website

Title: Licensed/Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist
License Requirement: 500 and NCETMB
Certification Requirement: 300 supervised class hrs
License Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
18 hrs core/6 hrs elective
Certification Renewal: 12hrs/2yrs
9 hrs core/3 hrs elective

50% of core (MT related) can be online
100% of elective (non-MT related) can be online

State License
Department of Public Health
Massage Therapy Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Tel: 860-509-7603
Fax: 860-509-8457

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hrs and NCETMB
Renewal: 24hrs/4yrs
Max 6 hrs online
Max 12 hrs non-NCBTMB approved
State License

Board of Massage Therapy
1400 West Washington, #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: 602-542-8604
Fax: 602-542-8804
Email: info@massageboard.az.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 700 hours & NCETMB or MBLEx (unless grad. from AZ USDE accredited school)
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Max 12 hrs online

State License

Alaska Board of Massage Therapists
Contact:
Karen Hudson, Licensing Examiner
Phone: (907) 465-2691
Fax: (907) 465-2974
E-mail: karen.hudson@alaska.gov
Juneau address and phone:
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2550
Fax: (907) 465-2974
Anchorage address and phone:
550 West Seventh Ave.
Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567
Phone: (907) 269-8160
Fax: (907) 269-8150
> Website

Title: Massage Therapist
Grandfathering: Until July 1, 2017.
Eligible with proof that performed massage therapy prior to July 1, 2015, background check, CPR.

State License

Arkansas Department of Health
4815 W. Markham Street, Slot #8
Little Rock, AR 72205
Tel: 501-683-1448
Email: adh.massage@arkansas.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist, Master Massage Therapist, Instructor
Requirement: 500 hrs, and MBLEx or NCBTMB. Additional requirements for Master and Instructor.
Renewal: 18hrs/2yrs
Max 6 hrs online CE

State Certification
California
California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-669-5336
Fax: 916-444-7462

> Website

Voluntary Certification
Title: Certified Massage Therapist

Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCBTMB
Renewal: no CEU req/2yrs
State License

Colorado
1560 Broadway, Ste 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Tel: 303-894-7772
Fax: 303-894-7764

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Qualifications: 500 hours and MBLEX or NCETMB
Renewal: no CEU req/2yrs

State License

Department of Public Health Massage Therapy Advisory Board
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Tel: 515-281-6959
Fax: 515-281-3121

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 24 hours/2yrs
Max 6 hrs online
Min 12 hrs hands-on
2 hrs CPR

No State Regulation

There is no state regulation. Contact your City Clerk to find local requirements.

State License
Division of Professional Registration
Massage Therapy Board
3605 Missouri Blvd.
PO Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
Tel: 573-522-6277
Fax: 573-751-0735

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500hrs and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 12hrs/2yrs
MT relevant
State License
State Board of Massage
PO Box 12489
Jackson, MS 39326-2489
Tel: 601-732-6038
Fax: 601-853-0336
Email: director@msbmt.state.ms.us

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 700 in class hrs, 100 hrs supervised clinic and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Max 6 hrs online
3 hrs MS state law/rules
3 hrs ethics
Current CPR
State License

Montana Board of Massage Therapy
PO Box 200513
301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Tel: 406-841-2331 or 2394
Fax: 406-841-2305
Email: dlibsdlmt@mt.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: CE: 12/2 yrs

State License
HHSR&L Credentialing Division
Massage Therapy Board
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Tel: 402-471-2115
Fax: 402-471-3577

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 1000hrs and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
Max 10 hrs online
14 hrs must be hands-on
State License
New Hampshire Dept. of Health & Services
Licensing & Regulative Services
129 Pleasant Avenue
Concord, NH 03301
Tel: 603-271-3608

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Practitioner
Requirement: 750hrs, NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 12hrs/2yrs
State License
Nevada Board of Massage Therapy
1755 E. Plumb Lane
Suite 252
Reno, NV 89502
Tel: 775-688-1888
E-mail: nvmassagebd@state.nv.us

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours, NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 12hr/1yr
No State Regulation

There is no state regulation. Contact your City Clerk to find local requirements.

State License

Michigan Board of Massage Therapy

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: If enrolled prior to 8/1/17, 500 hours and MBLEx, NCETMB, or NCETM. If enrolled after 8/1/17, 625 hours and MBLEx, NCETMB, or NCETM.
Renewal: Every three years (Oct. 31). 18 hours of CE required each renewal period.

State License
Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
12022 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811
Tel: 225-771-4090
Fax: 225-771-4021
E-mail: admin@lsbmt.org

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hrs and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 12hrs/1yr
State License
Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
PO Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602
Tel: 502-564-3296
Fax: 502-696-1922
E-mail: Jeff.Boler@ky.gov

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours & NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: 24hrs/2yrs
3 hrs ethics
State License
Department of Professional & Financial Regulation
Division of Licensing & Enforcement
Massage Therapist
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Tel: 207-624-8613
Fax: 207-624-8637

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hrs or MBLEx or NCETMB (passage of exam is an alternative to education)
Renewal: no CEU req./1yr
State License
Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215-2299
Tel: 410-764-4738
Fax: 410-358-1879

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirements: 600 hrs + 60 college credit hours, MBLEx or NCETMB
Title: Registered Massage Practitioner
Requirements: 600 hrs + MBLEx or NCETMB

Renewal: 24 hrs/2yrs
3 hrs ethics
3 hrs communicable disease
17 hrs MT related
1 hr diversity/cultural competency
Practice building and insurance courses do not qualify as CE
State License

Board of Registration of Massage Therapy
1000 Washington St.
Suite 710: Individual Licensure
Boston, MA 02118-6100
Tel: 617-727-1747
Fax: 617-727-0139
E-mail: feiyan.h.chen@state.ma.us

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 650 hrs
Renewal: To be determined

State License

Board of Massage Therapy
610 S. McDonough St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Tel: 334-269-9990
Fax: 334-263-6115
Email: ALMTBD@aol.com

> Website

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 650hrs and NCETMB
Renewal: 16hrs/2yrs