State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 84
Shepherd Mall
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405-521-2441
Fax: 405-521-2440

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirements: 500 hours plus MBLEx or NCBTMB; liability insurance
Renewal: 10 hours/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State License

Oklahoma Adopts Emergency New Rules Affecting Criminal History

The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering has adopted rules that identify a list of crimes that will disqualify a person from being licensed as a massage therapist. The crime(s) or criminal charge(s) has to be largely related to the practice of massage therapy and pose a sufficient threat to public safety, health, or welfare. The rules became effective January 16, 2023.

Continuing Education Hours Reduced in Oklahoma

A new rule has been issued in Oklahoma reducing the number of continuing education hours required for massage therapy license renewal.  Massage therapists now are required to complete 10 hours of CE every two years in order to renew a license.  Previously, the rules required completion of 16 hours of CE every two years. 

CE is acceptable if it has been approved or provided by any of the following: 

(1) a state-licensed or accredited massage therapy school;

(2) an accredited institution of higher education;

Oklahoma Massage Therapy License Applications Are Now Available. Deadline is May 1, 2017 – Please Apply as Soon as Possible

As we previously informed our Oklahoma members, under Oklahoma's new massage therapy law, starting May 1, 2017, all massage therapists practicing in Oklahoma must hold an Oklahoma state massage therapist license. If you do not hold a massage license by May 1, 2017, you cannot practice massage therapy in Oklahoma after May 1, 2017 until you do get a license.

Oklahoma Massage Regulation Update

As you know, Oklahoma passed its massage therapy licensing statute this past spring. The next step was for the Governor to appoint members to the Massage Advisory Board, which will advise the Cosmetology Board on issues regarding massage therapist licensing. The Governor completed the appointments to the Advisory Board, and the Boards have begun their work. A primary function of the Advisory Board and Cosmetology Board is to write the rules (regulations) that will fill in the details of the massage licensing statute. The deadline for the Boards to submit rules is December 23, 2016.


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