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).
The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays).
DC HEALTH has become aware of a PHISHING PHONE SCAM
Please review the Important Notices regarding
Please review the application checklist and regulations prior to applying for a license.
Important Notice regarding Paper Applications:
DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)
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 interested in applying for a new health professional license or renewing, reinstating, or reactivating 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.
Notice of PT Compact Proposed Rulemaking
Pursuant to Section 9.D. of the Compact states the Commission and member states must post notice of proposed rulemaking at least 30 days in advance of a vote to adopt. You can find a copy of the proposed rulemaking online by clicking HERE.
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.
Please submit supplemental application documents to DC Board of Physical Therapy, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002, or to [email protected]
If you require assistance from the Board of Physical 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 Physical Therapy regulates the practice of physical therapy in DC. The Board advises the Mayor and administers and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates applicants' qualifications, administers exams, and recommends standards and procedures. Moreover, the Board issues licenses, receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, conducts hearings, issues subpoenas, examines witnesses and administers oaths, and issues an annual report. Members file personal financial disclosure statements.
The Mayor appoints the board members, including the chair. The Board consists of five DC residents: four licensed physical therapists and one consumer. The physical therapists must have been engaged in practice for at least three years preceding the appointment. The consumer member must be at least 18 years old, not be a health professional or in training to become one, and may have no household member involved directly or indirectly in providing health care. Licenses expire on January 31 for odd years.
The Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday. Please note that meeting dates can change.
The Board plans to meet:
- December 14, 2022
In 2023, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
* (in-person meeting)
- January 11, 2023
- February 8, 2023
- March 8, 2023
- April 12, 2023, *
- May 10, 2023, *
- June 7, 2023, *
- July 12, 2023, *
- September 13, 2023
- October 11, 2023
- November 8, 2023
- December 13, 2023
- User Guide
- Online License Renewal (OPEN)
- NPTE Score Transfer
- NPTE/NPTAE Examination Registration
- Jurisprudence Examination Registration
- Criminal Background Check
Board Members and Board Announcements
Guidance On Remote Supervision During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Updated on September 8, 2021)
Suspension of Face-To-Face Continuing Education Requirement During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Updated on September 8, 2021)
- DC Municipal Regulations for Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistants [PDF]
- Health Occupations Revision Act [PDF]
- Administrative Rules - DCMR Chapter 41 [PDF]
- General Rules - DCMR Chapter 40 [PDF]
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