Processing time for all applications is 3-4 weeks.

Click Here to apply for your license online

If you want to submit a paper application, please, e-mail the board at and we will send you one.

Check NBCOT's calendar to know when your examination score report is available to the Board: Calendar

Please note:

(1) A $50 application fee is required with all applications submitted.
(2) A $49 fingerprint fee is required with fingerprint cards submitted (does not apply to livescan submission).
(3) Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

Pursuant to section 4112 of Title 16, California Code of Regulations, the Board has thirty (30) days in which to review an application and notify the applicant if any additional information or documentation is necessary to complete the application.

Please do not contact the Board for the status of an application. Frequent calls from applicants and employers delay the review process.

If you have not worked as an OT or an OTA in the occupational therapy field within five years of applying for licensure, you must fulfill one of the requirements listed in section 2570.14 of the California Business and Professions Code. The requirements are (1) completion of forty (40) hours continuing education (or professional development units) within the past two years, or (2) passing the NBCOT examination. If you complete the PDUs, you must submit copies of the certificates of completion with your application.

Click here for a PDU table to assist you.

Once an application has been approved, Board staff will notify the applicant in writing. Licenses are issued immediately after the completed online form and fees are received. Applicants can verify that a license has been issued by clicking on the "License Verification" link on the board's website.

Your cooperation will expedite the licensing process for all applicants.

Thank you.