Colorado Office of Massage Therapy Licensure
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7800
Fax: 303-894-7764

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirements: 500 hours, and MBLEX or NCBTMB; liability insurance
Renewal: no CEU requirement/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State License

Update on Colorado HB 1320

As discussed in our previous update, Colorado House Bill 1320 was initiated this legislative session by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The intention of the bill was to close loopholes in the current Massage Therapy Practice Act that are being exploited for illegal activity. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Foote and Carver, and Senator Cooke.

Bill Would Amend Colorado Massage Licensing Law

Colorado HB 1320 has been introduced in the state legislature as an attempt to address prostitution and human trafficking enterprises operating under the guise of massage therapy in the state.  If passed, the bill will allow localities to implement local regulations for massage establishments (not individuals), and would place the list of exempt modalities within the Department of Regulatory Agencies’ (DORA) rules, rather than within the state statute as is the case now.  We

Colorado - You Must Renew Your Massage License By January 31, 2015

The deadline to renew your Colorado massage therapy license is January 31, 2015. The renewal fee is $76.  If you do not renew your license prior to January 31 you will have a 60 day grace period to renew before your license will be deemed expired. However, a $15 late fee will apply to all licenses renewed during the grace period.  Don’t delay; renew your license now to avoid a late fee.

Colorado Massage “Registrations” are Now Called Massage “Licenses” Effective July 1, 2014

Under the new amendments to Colorado’s Massage Practice Act, starting July 1, 2014, the legal title for massage therapists in Colorado will change.  All “registered” Colorado massage therapists will now be called “licensed” massage therapists, and will have a massage license, not a massage registration.  This is simply a change in terminology; it does not affect any of the rights or obligations you have as a massage therapist in Colorado.  The change was made to reduce consumer confusion, since the majority of other states use the title “licensed massage therapist,” not “regi

Bill Extending Massage Therapy Regulation in Colorado Signed Into Law

Senate bill 151 extends the Colorado Massage Therapy Practice Act, the law that regulates massage therapists in Colorado, until 2022. SB 151 does not make any drastic changes to the existing massage law; however, it does include a title change for the profession. Under the new law, massage therapists will be required to obtain a “license,” instead of a “registration,” in order to practice, and therefore will be titled as Licensed Massage Therapists.

Bill Reauthorizing CO Massage Law Moves through State Legislature

Colorado Senate Bill 151 was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on February 13, 2013.  The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee for review.  If passed, the bill will extend the Colorado Massage Therapy Practice Act, the law that regulates massage therapists in Colorado, until 2022.  SB 151 does not make any drastic changes to the existing massage law.  The requirements for licensure will be the same as they have been for registration:  500 hours of massage thera

Colorado Bill Would Require MT’s to Disclose Practice History Information

Colorado Senate Bill 13-026 was recently introduced in the state legislature. If passed, the bill would amend the “Michael Skolnick Medical Transparency Act of 2010” to add massage therapists and others to the list of health care professional who must disclose certain information about their practice history to the state for inclusion in a publicly available database when they are applying for or renewing their registration. We will keep our CO members apprised of the status of the bill.

Colorado Provisional Registration Helps MTs Meet April 1 Deadline

Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has adopted emergency rules establishing a Good Faith Provisional Registration process. This process provisionally registers any individual as a massage therapist who has taken steps to comply with Colorado law by April 1, 2009, but who will not have received their registration by that date. To be eligible for provisional licensing, individuals will have had to submit the following by April 1, 2009:
  • Application and fee
  • Education or training standards established in the law

Colorado Registration Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline for massage therapists to become state registered in the state of Colorado is April 1, 2009. You must be state registered by April to continue practicing. This is a mandatory registration. Applications and detailed instructions can be found at: Please note: Fingerprinting and background checks are mandatory and can take up to 12 weeks to be processed, start this process immediately.


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