Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Occupational Therapy

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Inactive Status

For practitioners that are not currently practicing in California, or have moved out of state, the license/certificate can be placed in inactive status. Inactive status allows you to pay a reduced renewal fee and exempts you from continuing competency requirements for the duration that your license/certificate remains in inactive status.

Upon receipt of a completed renewal form, the board may grant inactive status under the following conditions:

  • At the time of application for inactive status, your license or certificate shall be current and not suspended, revoked, or otherwise punitively restricted by the board;
  • You shall not engage (in California) in any activity for which a license or certificate is required.

You must renew your inactive license/certificate during the same time period in which an active license or certificate is renewed. The renewal fee for an inactive license or certificate is $25.

In order to restore your license/certificate to active status, you must comply with the following:

  • Pay the current renewal fee;
  • Complete continuing competency equivalent to that required for a single renewal period of an active license or certificate.

You can contact the Board to request a form to restore your license to active status.

If you do not place your license/certificate in inactive status, and it becomes delinquent, you will be required to pay all of the accumulated renewal fees and the delinquent fee, in order to renew your license. Licenses/certificates that remain delinquent for a period of five years are automatically cancelled and reapplication would be required in order to practice.