Licensing as an Occupational Therapist

Renewal of Occupational Therapist License

Forms for renewals are not available if your license is lapsed or expired. To request renewal application forms please email health.ot@state.mn.us with the following information:

  • Minnesota License Number (You can look your number up here): Credential Lookup Feature
  • Name (first, middle and last)
  • Current Address
  • Current phone number
  • email address

Renewal packets take 15-30 business days to be mailed out. If you do not have email access please call 651-201-3725. If you get a voicemail message press "0" and leave this information with the receptionist.

Below is the current Statute describing the renewal requirements and process.

148.6423 LICENSURE RENEWAL.

Subdivision 1. RENEWAL REQUIRMENTS. To be eligible for licensure renewal, a licensee must: (1) submit a completed and signed application for licensure renewal on forms provided by the commissioner; (2) submit the renewal fee required under section 148.6445; (3) submit proof of having met the continuing education requirement of section 148.6443 on forms provided by the commissioner; and (4) submit additional information as requested by the commissioner to clarify information presented in the renewal application. The information must be submitted within 30 days after the commissioner's request.

Subd. 2. RENEWAL DEADLINE. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (c), licenses must be renewed every two years. Licensees must comply with the following procedures in paragraphs (b) to (e): (b) Each license must state an expiration date. An application for licensure renewal must be received by the Department of Health or postmarked at least 30 calendar days before the expiration date. If the postmark is illegible, the application shall be considered timely if received at least 21 calendar days before the expiration date. (c) If the commissioner changes the renewal schedule and the expiration date is less than two years, the fee and the continuing education contact hours to be reported at the next renewal must be prorated. (d) An application for licensure renewal not received within the time required under paragraph (b), but received on or before the expiration date, must be accompanied by a late fee in addition to the renewal fee specified by section 148.6445. (e) Licensure renewals received after the expiration date shall not be accepted and persons seeking licensed status must comply with the requirements of section 148.6425.

Subd. 3.LICENSE RENEWAL NOTICE. At least 60 calendar days before the expiration date in subdivision 2, the commissioner shall mail a renewal notice to the licensee's last known address on file with the commissioner. The notice must include an application for licensure renewal and notice of fees required for renewal. The licensee's failure to receive notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to meet the renewal deadline and other requirements for licensure renewal.
History: 2000 c 361 s 12

148.6425 RENEWAL OF LICENSURE; AFTER EXPIRATION DATE.

Subdivision 1. REMOVAL OF NAME FROM LIST. The names of licensees who do not comply with the licensure renewal requirements of section 148.6423 on or before the expiration date shall be removed from the list of individuals authorized to practice occupational therapy and to use the protected titles in section 148.6403. The licensees must comply with the requirements of this section in order to regain licensed status.

Subd. 2. LICENSURE RENEWAL AFTER LICENSURE EXPIRATION DATE: An individual whose application for licensure renewal is received after the licensure expiration date must submit the following: (1) a completed and signed application for licensure following lapse in licensed status on forms provided by the commissioner; (2) the renewal fee and the late fee required under section 148.6445; (3) proof of having met the continuing education requirements in section 148.6443, subdivision 1; and (4) additional information as requested by the commissioner to clarify information in the application, including information to determine whether the individual has engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action as set forth in section 148.6448. The information must be submitted within 30 days after the commissioner's request.

Subd. 3. LICENSURE RENEWAL FOUR YEARS OR MORE AFTER LICENSURE EXPIRATION DATE. (a) An individual who requests licensure renewal four years or more after the licensure expiration date must submit the following: (1) a completed and signed application for licensure on forms provided by the commissioner; (2) the renewal fee and the late fee required under section 148.6445 if renewal application is based on paragraph (b), clause (1), (2), or (3), or the renewal fee required under section 148.6445 if renewal application is based on paragraph (b), clause (4); (3) proof of having met the continuing education requirement in section 148.6443, subdivision 1, except the continuing education must be obtained in the two years immediately preceding application renewal; and (4) at the time of the next licensure renewal, proof of having met the continuing education requirement, which shall be prorated based on the number of months licensed during the two-year licensure period. (b) In addition to the requirements in paragraph (a), the applicant must submit proof of one of the following: (1) verified documentation of successful completion of 160 hours of supervised practice approved by the commissioner as described in paragraph (c); (2) verified documentation of having achieved a qualifying score on the credentialing examination for occupational therapists or the credentialing examination for occupational therapy assistants administered within the past year; (3) documentation of having completed a combination of occupational therapy courses or an occupational therapy refresher program that contains both a theoretical and clinical component approved by the commissioner. Only courses completed within one year preceding the date of the application or one year after the date of the application qualify for approval; or (4) evidence that the applicant holds a current and unrestricted credential for the practice of occupational therapy in another jurisdiction and that the applicant's credential from that jurisdiction has been held in good standing during the period of lapse. (c) To participate in a supervised practice as described in paragraph (b), clause (1), the applicant shall obtain limited licensure. To apply for limited licensure, the applicant shall submit the completed limited licensure application, fees, and agreement for supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant practicing under limited licensure signed by the supervising therapist and the applicant. The supervising occupational therapist shall state the proposed level of supervision on the supervision agreement form provided by the commissioner. The supervising therapist shall determine the frequency and manner of supervision based on the condition of the patient or client, the complexity of the procedure, and the proficiencies of the supervised occupational therapist. At a minimum, a supervising occupational therapist shall be on the premises at all times that the person practicing under limited licensure is working; be in the room ten percent of the hours worked each week by the person practicing under limited licensure; and provide daily face-to-face collaboration for the purpose of observing service competency of the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, discussing treatment procedures and each client's response to treatment, and reviewing and modifying, as necessary, each treatment plan. The supervising therapist shall document the supervision provided. The occupational therapist participating in a supervised practice is responsible for obtaining the supervision required under this paragraph and must comply with the commissioner's requirements for supervision during the entire 160 hours of supervised practice. The supervised practice must be completed in two months and may be completed at the applicant's place of work. (d) In addition to the requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b), the applicant must submit additional information as requested by the commissioner to clarify information in the application, including information to determine whether the applicant has engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action as set forth in section 148.6448. The information must be submitted within 30 days after the commissioner's request.

History: 2000 c 361 s 13; 2001 c 7 s 39,40; 2003 c 118 s 2; 2008 c 189 s 14

 

Updated Friday, August 23, 2013 at 07:47AM