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The Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy is a regulatory agency whose members are appointed by the Office of the Governor with a mission to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as well as the integrity of the profession by regulating the practice of massage therapy.  The Board seeks to insure that massage therapists meet certain educational levels, comply with ethical and legal standards applicable to the profession, and that massage therapy establishments conform to sanitary and record keeping requirements.  The Board issues and renews licenses, collects fees, receives and investigates complaints, performs inspections, conducts hearings on disciplinary matters and otherwise addresses issues that are relevant to the massage industry.  The website is to assist the general public, licensees and applicants in understanding the laws, regulations and licensing process which govern the massage profession in the state of Louisiana.

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The LBMT staff will be available to assist you as this COVID-19 pandemic allows.  Please address any questions to admin@labmt.org 

The website will be updated when new information is available.

For additional information in reference to COVID-19, please select the "COVID-19" tab.

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Notes / Reminders:
Renewal Season is January 1st - March 31st each year.  It is the time to renew all Professional Licenses, Establishment Licenses and Establishment Registrations. Please renew as early as possible to receive your license by April 1st in order to be in compliance with the law to work. 
 
Non-renewal of license for 24 months or more (Lapsed License) - Due to the various extensions which were approved by the LBMT under the Governor's proclamations during the COVID-19 quarantine period the LBMT office wanted to clarify the time lines which would be applicable to certain situations relative to massage therapy licenses.  One of those situations would involve determining the time frames applicable to a "lapsed license" to which the following provision apply:
    La. R.S. 37:3552(5) provides: "Lapsed license" means a board-issued license which has not been renewed for a period of more than two years and the holder of the license has not taken inactive status." 
      La. R.S. 37:3561, License renewal requirements, (E) provides: "If a person does not apply for inactive status and does not renew his license for a period of more than twenty-four consecutive months, the license shall be considered to have lapsed and in order to obtain a license, the person shall submit a new application which complies with all of the current requirements of this Chapter and the rules of the board as appropriate and shall pay the licensure application fee, the original professional license fee, and any other fees applicable to a new application.  
 
      Board Rule Chapter 17, Section 1701(B) provides:  "All professional and establishment licenses issued by the board shall expire on March 31 of each year"; and (F) provides: "Once a license has lapsed, the former holder of such license who desires to obtain a license will be considered a new applicant and must comply with all of the provisions of R.S. 37:3556 to obtain a license."
 
      Under the authority granted by the Governor's COVID-19 proclamation, for 2020 the Board allowed the renewal period for a license to extend to 06.30.2020 and any renewal submitted before that date would be considered renewed retroactive to March 31 and would not be charged a late fee.  If a renewal was not submitted on or before 06.30.2020, the license would be deemed to have expired retroactive to the statutory expiration date of March 31, 2020.  Accordingly, for the purpose of determining the 24 months before a license is considered lapsed, the starting period for any license not renewed on or before June 30, 2020 will be calculated from the expiration date of March 31, 2020.
 
Any questions regarding this issue may be referred to the Board Office.  Posted 09.09.2020.
 
All applications (renewal and new) must be dated within 30 days of LBMT Office receipt.  Applications dated prior to 30 days of receipt will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.

When submitting online applications, an email confirmation will be received at the email address listed on your account.  If you do not receive an email, the application was not received for processing.  Please contact the office if you have questions.

First-Year Professional Licensees - When renewing online, you must attach a document stating "First year of licensure - no CEs required" in the area where CEs are required on the application.  The document may be a "Word" doc you created.

If you have taken more CEs than you are able to attach to the renewal application, please attach all that you can and send an email to admin@labmt.org with all of your CEs attached.

The expiration date for all Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy licenses is March each year.

Continuing Education for 2021 renewal must be taken 04/01/2020- 03/31/2021.  If you have questions, please contact the office. Please verify your CE Certificate contains all information as specified in LAC, Title 46, Part XLIV, Chapter 37, 3703 (C) (2) to avoid application denial. 

You may find the above information in La. R.S. 37:3551,et seq., Chapter 57 and LAC, Title 46, Part XLIV ("Louisiana Law" tab, Practice Act/Rules and Standards). Please review all information in the Practice Act and Rules. It is important for all Massage Therapists and Establishments to be aware of all laws that govern the profession.

LBMT takes its role of public protection seriously; but, can only act within its authority as a regulatory board.  If you feel an establishment or a therapist is violating the LMT Practice Act you may file a complaint on our website or with the local authorities.  We as a board will not file a complaint with the local law enforcement; but, encourage you to do so if you desire criminal prosecution.