Under Oklahoma’s new massage therapy law, every massage therapist must hold a state-issued massage therapy license by May 1, 2017 in order to practice after that date. If you do not have a license by May 1, 2017, you will not be able to legally practice in Oklahoma until you get your license. We had expected that the Cosmetology Board would issue regulations filling in the details of the new massage law prior to making license applications available, but the Board has instead issued application forms before issuing regulations.
State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 84
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirements: 500 hours plus MBLEx or NCBTMB; liability insurance
Renewal: 10 hours/2 years
Under the new Oklahoma massage therapy licensing law, the State Cosmetology Board is responsible for the regulation of massage therapists, with the assistance of a five-member Advisory Board on Massage Therapy. The Advisory Board will assist the Cosmetology Board in carrying out the provisions of the new law with respect to the qualifications, examination, registration, regulation, and standards of professional conduct of massage therapists.
The New Massage Therapy Licensure Requirement
Currently, Oklahoma is one of only five states in the country that does not regulate massage therapists. Bills have been introduced in past years proposing to regulate massage therapists in Oklahoma, but none have succeeded in the legislature. Oklahoma Senate Bill 687, introduced this legislative session, once again proposes state regulation of massage therapists in Oklahoma by a system of mandatory licensing.
Oklahoma Massage Therapy Licensing Bill Carried Over
Oklahoma Senate Bill 687, discussed in our prior legislative updates, has carried over into the 2016 legislative session. We will keep our members apprised of the bill's status.
Oklahoma Senate Bill 687, discussed in our previous legislative update, did not pass in the state legislature prior to the end of the legislative session on May 29, 2015. We will keep our members apprised of future legislative proposals concerning massage therapy licensure in Oklahoma.