Licensure Requirements: Chiropractors

There are No Waivers or Exceptions to any of these requirements

A. Graduation from one of the following CCE approved Chiropractic Colleges:

  • Cleveland Chiropractic College
  • De’Youville College of Chiropractic
  • Life Chiropractic College West
  • Life University College of Chiropractic
  • Logan College of Chiropractic
  • National College of Chiropractic
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Northwestern College of Chiropractic
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Parker College of Chiropractic
  • Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
  • Southern CA Univ. of Health Sciences
  • Texas Chiropractic College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • Western States Chiropractic College


B. A Bachelor degree from an accredited college which was awarded before, during or after Chiropractic College.

C. NBCE minimum score of 375 for parts I, II, III and IV and the Physiotherapy Exam

Note: To practice Physical Therapy in Maryland, applicants must have passed the Physical Therapy (PT) Part of NBCE Exam with a minimum score of 375.

D. Request all transcripts and exam scores be sent, under seal, directly from the school and NBCE to the Board. No documentation will be accepted from the applicants.

E. Submit a completed application package for licensure, a non-refundable application fee of $200.00 and an examination fee of $300.00. Applications may be downloaded from the ‘Forms’ menu of the website at

Note: All transcripts, applications, fees and supporting documentation must be received by the Board at least 45 DAYS (postmarked) PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED EXAMINATION DATE. Copies of transcripts are not acceptable. Checks or money orders must be made payable to: “Maryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners”.

F. Pass a Criminal History Records Check.

G. Take/Pass the Maryland Jurisprudence Exam with a minimum score of 75%;


Exam Schedule and Deadlines

All documentation, including application, certificates of moral character, all transcripts, scores and fees, must be received by the Board at least forty-five (45) days before the scheduled examination date (NO EXCEPTIONS/ WAIVERS).


A non-refundable application fee of $200.00 and an examination fee of $300.00 must accompany each application. Fees must be paid by certified check or money order only and made payable to “Maryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners.”

An application file will be processed upon receipt of the applicable fees. It is the applicant’s exclusive responsibility to ensure that all application materials, transcripts, and fees have been forwarded to the Board’s office to meet the postmark deadline. A Letter of Admission will be forwarded to you as written confirmation that the Board has received and approved your application. You are required to bring that approval letter with you in order to gain admission to the examination. Additionally, at the examination, you will also be required to produce one piece of photo identification (preferably a driver’s license or passport).

Al applicants are subject to a full background check for any administrative or criminal history. All submitted documentation is subject to a full review and verification from the originator.

APPLICATION FOR INITIAL LICENSURE (New Graduates, Out of State Chiropractors)
Download Application to Practice Chiropractic



Download Application For Licensure By Credentialing


Chiropractors practicing for at least 5 years in another jurisdiction may apply as follows for Licensure by Credentialing:

  • Have practiced for at least 5 years in another jurisdiction by virtue of passing an examination similar to Maryland’s and not have any disciplinary action.
  • Submit the Licensure by Credentialing application fee of $750.00 and JP Exam fee of $300.00 (Total $1050.00) with the application on the website.
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from 2 licensed chiropractors.
  • Have your state Board submit a sealed verification of good standing.
  • Take/pass NBCE SPEC and MD Jurisprudence Exams with minimum scores of 75%.
  • Submit Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) - Fingerprinting Receipt per Instructions in Application Packet.



Download Application For Licensure By Waiver For a Visiting Chiropractor

Licensure under this provision is limited to 30 days per calendar year, and solely with and during the organization’s/event’s visit, other requirements include:

  • Application/licensure fee is $650.00
  • Applicant must hold a current CPR certification at the provider level
  • Applicant must provide a written certification from his/her State Board verifying status of practice in good standing.





      For any questions, please contact the Licensing Coordinator at (410) 764-4726