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.
So 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 also, 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.
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|
|Alaska||Nothing found in state rules or laws regarding late renewals or reinstatement. Licenses were first required in 2015. First renewals September 2017.|
|Arkansas||Not allowed – must reapply|
|California||No state license|
|Colorado||5 years; requirements increase after 2 years|
|Connecticut||Not allowed – must reapply|
|Georgia||1 month late renewal; after that at discretion of board|
|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|
|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|
|Montana||Nothing found in state rules or laws regarding late renewals or reinstatement.|
|Nebraska||Allowed; no time limit found in law and rules|
|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|
|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|
|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|