Is there any way to expedite the process of issuing a license?

Yes.  Immediately request required information from third parties, such as NBCOT, and other states or countries in which you've been licensed.  Track and follow-up third party requests.

Do I need continuing competency requirement (CCR) hours if I am currently certified with NBCOT?

No.  Your CCR hours are waived if your NBCOT certification is current at the time of your application or renewal.

Are faxed documents acceptable?

Completed documents can be faxed to the Board office (410-402-8561) or emailed to

Is it acceptable to copy the application and/or other blank forms?

Blank forms may be duplicated.  The information provided by the person completing the form must be original.  These can be mailed, emailed, or faxed.

How long is an OT/OTA license valid?

Beginning in 2016, new licensees will be issued a two-year license.  You must complete continuing education (or have current NBCOT certification) and renew your license to maintain an active status.

Licenses issued prior to 2016 (both active and electively non-renewed) currently expire on June 30, 2016.  Beginning in 2016, future expiration dates will be determined by the licensee's original date of licensure.  Licensees who were issued a license in an even-numbered year will be renewing for two years and will have an expiration date of June 30, 2018.  Licensees who were issued a license in an odd-numbered year will be renewing for one year and will have an expiration date of June 30, 2017.

Reinstatement applicants should contact Marilyn Pinkney, 410-402-8556 or email her at, for further instructions.   

How will I know when my application is complete?

You will receive a courtesy email from the Board office when your application has been approved.  In this email, you will be instructed to visit our verifications page to obtain your license number and print a copy for your records.  

You may contact the Board office at 410-402-8556 to check the status of your application.

If I'm awaiting licensure, when may I begin practicing occupational therapy?

Only after you've received an official license number from the Board.  As mentioned above, you will receive an email from the Board when your application has been approved.  80% of completed applications qualify as routine, are reviewed internally, and then ratified by the Board at its monthly Board meeting on the third Friday of the every month.  Special case applications are reviewed by the Applications Review Committee on a case by case basis.  These include character/fitness/disciplinary history issues, no preapproved continuing competency requirement hours, and/or a lapse in practice of 3 or more years.  The process for temporary licensure can take 5 business days from the time that a complete application is received by the Board Office.  

Are there restrictions with a temporary license?

Yes.  A temporary licensee is required to receive specific supervision from an O.T. licensee.  See the Maryland regulations manual for specific guidelines.

Are there special requirements for internationally-trained applicants?

No.  The licensure process and requirements are the same for all applicants.

What if a state or country in which I've previously held a temporary license doesn't verify temporary licenses?

Please ask the licensure board of that state or country to complete the MD verification of licensure form.