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Professional Counseling Licensing

PROCESSING CENTER Hours:
The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).

Office Hours:
The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays). 

If you require assistance from the Board of Professional Counseling, please contact the Board at [email protected] 

***COVID-19 UPDATES***


UPDATED COVID-19 MANDATES
as of November 8, 2022

Please select link below to access Emergency Rulemaking documents.
Note updated COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers:

dchealth.dc.gov/node/1556816


ALERT: PHONE SCAM

DC HEALTH has become aware of a PHISHING PHONE SCAM
in which individuals pose as DC Health representatives to request money.
Please be advised that DC Health representatives will never
contact you with a request for money.


LICENSURE WAIVER
PERIOD HAS ENDED:

Please review Important Notices regarding
Temporary Licensure Requirements
HERE

Important Notice regarding Paper Applications (select link): 
DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)

 

 

Please review the application checklist and regulations prior to applying for a license. 

Graduate Professional Counselor Checklist

Examination 

Re-Examination 

Endorsement 

Professional Counselor Checklist 

Examination

Re-Examination

Endorsement

Addiction Counselor I and Certified Addiction Counselor II Checklist 

Examination

Re-Examination

Endorsement

ONLINE LICENSING APPLICATIONS 

DC Health’s online licensing application system is now LIVE. (See link below.)

The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process.

https://doh.force.com/dchealthrenewals/s/portal-page

 

***COVID-19 UPDATES***

Status of Application

If you need an update on the status of your application, please send an email to the appropriate inbox:


COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

For the most up-to-date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov

Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending applications.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are held virtually.  


The Board of Professional Counseling ("the Board") regulates the practice of professional counseling in DC. The Board administers and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates applicants' qualifications, recommends standards and procedures, and issues licenses. Moreover, the Board receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, and conducts hearings. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor: four professional counselors licensed in the District of Columbia and one consumer member. All licenses expire on December 31 of even years. 

BOARD MEETINGS (FY2024)
The Board meets on the third Friday.  Please note that meeting dates can change.
The Board plans to meet on the following dates:

  • October 20, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • December 15, 2023 (Meeting Canceled)
  • January 19, 2024
  • February 9, 2024
  • March 15, 2024
  • April 19, 2024
  • May 17, 2024
  • June 21, 2024
  • July 19, 2024
  • September 20, 2024

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