COVID-19 Update

On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, education and training requirements necessary to maintain licensure, and requirements governing the practice and permissible activities for licensees.

Have a question? Here are FAQs on the Executive Order.

The California Board of Occupational Therapy (Board) is working closely with DCA to determine which licensing requirement waivers would allow individuals to continue assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic and allow licensees regulated by the Board to maintain and renew a license and remain employed.

Current waivers in place are:

  • Examination and continuing education (renewal) requirements for current healthcare licensees. For more information, click here.
  • Reactivation requirements for inactive, retired, or canceled licensees. If you have questions about the temporary reinstatement of your license, please send an email to

A full list of waivers will be placed on the DCA website as they are approved.

The Board encourages licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to be part of the workforce to support the medical surge during this time of need. The state is in need of help at quarantine sites, testing sites, and medical surge facilities and needs assistance with pre-hospital triage and pharmacy services.

Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit for more information and to register for the California Health Corps.

The Board thanks licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants for doing their part during the COVID-19 health emergency!

Are you an OT/OTA who holds a current/active license in another state and want to assist with Covid-19 here in California? You may be exempted from licensure. Please click here for more information.

COVID-19 Updates - California Department of Public Health

Are you a licensed OT or OTA? If so, click here for a joint statement from the California Departments of Health Care Services, Public Health, and Managed Health Care:

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Continuing Competence Requirements Be Waived?

There is postponement of continuing competence requirements for individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and June 30, 2020. Click here for more information.

Are There Fee Waivers Available?

There are no fee waivers available at this time.

My License is Retired. Can I Renew to Help Combat Coronavirus?

Yes! The Board wants you to reinstate your license. Click here for more information.

I am licensed in a state outside of California. Does California allow reciprocity during the State of Emergency?

Please visit the Emergency Medical Services Authority for information to be able to practice in California.

Have the Fingerprinting requirements changed?

We are heard that some Live Scan locations may have temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not changed to their fingerprinting process or requirements. Therefore, no change or waiver is being granted to the fingerprint/background check required for licensing.

Here is a link to the Fingerprint Request Form on the CBOT website and a link to all Live Scan locations within California listed on DOJ’s website.