​Initial Permanent Licensee Application Instructions

     If you have already begun the online application by creating a username and password during the registration process, click here to log in​.

Before You Begin, Gather the Application Documentation Required:

  1. Download and complete the the application form​ for a Criminal History Records ​Check (State and FBI.)  Bring this form with you to be electronically fingerprinted.  A copy of the Agency Privacy Requirements For Noncriminal Justice Applicants can be viewed here​.​  A list of fingerprinting providers and cost can be found  at (http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/fingerprint.shtml)   If you are out of the state of Maryland, please call the Board office.  Fingerprint results are only valid for 30 days after being fingerprinted.  Your application must be submitted within those 30 days.
  2. Upload receipt of verification of your application for a Criminal History Records Check.
  3. Download the Annotated Code of Maryland Health Occupations Article Title 10. (www.health.maryland.gov/botp/Pages/Legislation.aspx)
  4. Download the Code of Maryland Regulations. (COMAR 10.46.01-07) (www.health.maryland.gov/botp/Pages/Legislation.aspx)
  5. Gather your higher education information to include: name, month and year of graduation, and type of degree earned.
  6. Upload verification of eligibility for certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. (https://NBCOT.org)
  7. If your NBCOT certification is expired, then you must upload verification of 24 Continuing Competency Contact Hours (Link to CCR Compliance Repor​t)
  8. Upload verification from every state and/or country in which you are/were licensed.
  9. Upload a passport-sized photo of yourself.
  10. Obtain a valid MasterCard or Visa Credit Card for payment.
  11. Connect to a printer to print your receipt.

What is the Application Time Frame?​

Once all required items have been received, most applications are processed within 1 to 5 business days.

If you are a military veteran or spouse discharged within one year of your application, additional expedited services may be available to you.  

Additional information is available.


What Applications Do Not Qualify for Expedited Review?  

Applications with character/fitness/disciplinary history issues.

Applications with Continued Competency Requirement submissions that have not been pre-approved by the Board.

Applicants with a lapse in practice of three or more years. 


What is the Application Time Frame for a Non-Expedited Review?

Applications that do not qualify for expedited review are reviewed on the 3rd Friday of every month and may take up to 4 weeks for Board review.

Is It Possible that I May Have to Provide Additional Information?

Yes. If you have not practiced for 3 years or more, there may be additional CCR requirements.   (click here)

Furthermore, The Board may request additional information as needed.

Will I Receive a Paper License?  

No.  Licensure status may be verified in real time via the Board's verification page, or via the MyLicense verification mobile application, which can be downloaded from the App Store on an Apple or Android smartphone.

When Will My License Expire?  

If your license is issued in an even numbered year, your license will expire on 6/30 of the next even numbered year.

If your license is issued in an odd numbered year, your license will expire on 6/30 of the ​next odd numbered year.


How do I Apply for an Initial Lice​nse​?  

To apply online: 

  • Register online to create a Username and Password.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Pay the $200 application fee. 

Click here for a paper application​​   


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page​, or contact the office at 410-402-8556, mdotboard.user@maryland.gov