Oklahoma Legislative and Policy Developments


State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 84
Shepherd Center (Main Entrance F)
Testing Center Door 62
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405-521-2441
Fax: 405-521-2440

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirements: 500 hours and passing the MBLEx; liability insurance required prior to licensure
Renewal: 5 CEU hours/1 or 10 CEU hours/2 based on current license

Regulation Type: 
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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.

OK Extends Renewal Date for Lapsed Licensees in 2020

If your massage therapy license was inactive or expired between the period of March 17, 2020, through January 31, 2021, you are eligible to renew your license. You have until December 31, 2021, to submit all renewal requirements.

Oklahoma Bills Affecting Massage Therapy

Senate Bill 750 and House Bill 1652 have been introduced in Oklahoma this legislative session. The ways in which these bills will impact massage therapists include establishment licensing, fee increases, grandfathering, and more.

Oklahoma Adopts New and Amended Cosmetology Rules

The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (OSBCB) adopted new and amended rules to the OSBCB Regulations and Statute Book effective September 11, 2020. ASCP, AHP, and ANP have summarized the rules for you below.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 100 and House Bill 2117

The Oklahoma Advisory Massage Therapy Board worked over the past year to update the Massage Practice Act. A committee was formed to draft new legislation that would open grandfathering for those who didn't meet the licensing window when licensing was in effect a few years ago and update some language.