Time Limit to Renew or Reinstate an Expired Massage License

The table below provides the time window within which you must renew your licensed massage therapist designation.  In some states, a massage license does not expire. In others, renewal or reinstatement is not allowed once your license is expired and thus you must reapply.

Six months appears to be the shortest duration you can go without renewing your license in some states such as Florida, while five years appears to be the longest in some states such as Colorado.

Some states have complex nuances. For example, in Kentucky, you have 90 days, and you can only reinstate after 90 days if you can prove to the board that the circumstances were beyond your control.

On the other hand, licenses in New York are for life, but must be registered in order to practice.  In Tennessee, there is a 60 day reinstatement window at discretion of the state board of massage therapy.  You will have to tell them why it wasn’t renewed on time and meet all other renewal requirements and pay late fees.

Stay out of trouble.  Find your state below and understand what’s required of you to ensure you are able to legally practice massage therapy.

State Time Allowed for Non-renewed Licensee to Reinstate License
Alabama 5 years
Alaska Nothing found in state rules or laws regarding late renewals or reinstatement.  Licenses were first required in 2015.  First renewals September 2017.
Arizona 5 years
Arkansas Not allowed – must reapply
California No state license
Colorado 5 years; requirements increase after 2 years
Connecticut Not allowed – must reapply
Delaware 1 year
Florida 6 months
Georgia 1 month late renewal; after that at discretion of board
Hawaii 1 year
Idaho 5 years
Illinois 5 years; after 5 years under some circumstances
Indiana Allowed; nothing in laws and rules to indicate a time limit
Iowa Can be reactivated at any time, requirements increase after 5 years
Kansas No state license
Kentucky 90 days; can only reinstate after 90 days if you can prove to the board that the circumstances were beyond your control
Louisiana 2 years
Maine 90 days
Maryland 2 years
Massachusetts 5 years; after 5 years under some circumstances
Michigan 3 years – after 3 years, have to submit proof of competence
Minnesota No state license
Mississippi 3 years
Missouri 2 years
Montana Nothing found in state rules or laws regarding late renewals or reinstatement.
Nebraska Allowed; no time limit found in law and rules
Nevada 2 years
New Hampshire No reactivation;  Reapply for license – if more than 2 years, also retake tests
New Jersey 5 years
New Mexico 2 years
New York Licenses in New York are for life, but must be registered in order to practice
North Carolina 2 years
North Dakota 1 year
Ohio 2 years; after that increased requirements
Oklahoma 1 year
Oregon 3 years
Pennsylvania 5 years
Rhode Island Not allowed – must reapply
South Carolina 4 years
South Dakota Not allowed – must reapply
Tennessee 60 days; reinstatement at discretion of the board – must tell them why it wasn’t renewed on time and meet all other renewal requirements and pay late fees
Texas 1 year
Utah 2 years
Vermont No state license
Virginia Increased requirements after 2 years
Washington Requirements increase after 1 year and again after 3 years
West Virginia 30 days for late renewal; after that considered lapsed;  May be reinstated by appearing before the board, explaining circumstances to their satisfaction and paying reinstatement fee
Wisconsin Increased requirements after 5 years
Wyoming No state license

 

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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