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Occupational Therapy Licensing

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 Occupational Therapy, please contact the Board at [email protected]


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:


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.

FBI Warns Individuals Employed in the Health Care Industry
of the Ongoing Scam Involving the Impersonation of
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Please review Important Notices regarding
Temporary Licensure Requirements


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

Occupational Therapy/ Occupational Therapy Assistant  Application Checklist

Occupational Therapy Regulation 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Regulation  

Recreational Therapy Checklist 

Recreational Therapy Regulation  

Dance Therapy Checklist 

Dance Therapy Regulation 

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


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.



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

Please submit supplemental application documents to DC Board of Occupational Therapy, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 or to [email protected].

If you require assistance from the Board of Occupational Therapy, please contact [email protected]. Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending applications.

The Board of Occupational Therapy regulates occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in DC. The Board also advises the Mayor. The Board evaluates applicants' qualifications, recommends standards and procedures, and issues licenses. The Board also receives and reviews complaints; requests investigations, conduct hearings, and issues subpoenas; examines witnesses and administers oaths; and issues an annual report. Members must file personal financial disclosure statements.

The Mayor appoints the board members, including the chair. The Board consists of five DC residents: three licensed occupational therapists, one occupational therapy assistant, and one consumer. The therapists must have been engaged in practice for at least three years preceding the appointment. The consumer must be at least 18 years old, not be a health professional or in training to become one, and may have no household member who is involved in providing health care. Licenses expire on September 30 of odd years. Board of Occupational Therapy Meeting Repeats Every Month on March, June, September, December on the third Monday.

The Board meets quarterly on the third Monday. Please note that meeting dates can change.

In 2023, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:

*In-person (IP)

  • March 20, 2023, *IP (Reschedule for April 12, 2023, at 10:00 am)
  • June 19, 2023 (Due to the holiday, this date will be changed.) *IP
  • September 18, 2023
  • December 18, 2023

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Additional Information

Continuing Education 

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Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Policy Statements



Helpful Links

Board Newsletter

Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 724-8677
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Processing Center: M-F: 9 am-1 pm, W: 9 am-3:30 pm; Office Hours M-F: 8:15 am-4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE