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Louisiana Application for License

 First step of the process:

The following items must be submitted to apply for licensure approval in the State of Louisiana.  Upon approval from LBMT, you must complete the Professional License Registration form and remit payment online or manually by mail.

1. Application – Must be completed, typed or printed legible, submitted with the signed and notarized Verifying Affidavit, which affidavit must be dated within 30 days of the date the application is received by the LBMT Office. For example, if the application is dated April 15th and it is received at the office after May 15th, it is more than 30 days old and a new application would be required.

2. Application fee of $75.00 – Cashier’s Check or Money Order only payable to LBMT. This initial fee covers only the processing of the application. Once the application has been approved, the applicant will be notified of eligibility to be licensed and must then submit a “Professional License Registration” form and pay the original massage therapist license fee.

3. Background Check – Certain types of criminal convictions may disqualify an individual for licensure in Louisiana.  The applicant must submit a criminal background history as part of the application. The criminal background history must cover a period of at least five years preceding the date of the application and must be obtained from a state police agency such as the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the Office of State Police within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (“Bureau”) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice (“FBI”) or an FBI–Approved Channeler as listed on the FBI website. 

     a). Louisiana Residents – Living in Louisiana for 5 years or more
    An applicant who has resided in Louisiana for 5 years or more, may obtain a certified criminal background history from the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the Office of State Police within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (“Bureau”) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice (“FBI”) or an FBI–Approved Channeler as listed on the FBI website. The background report must be certified by the issuing agency and dated within six months of the application submission date.

      b). Louisiana Residents for less than 5 years and Out-of-State Residents
     An applicant, who has resided in Louisiana for any period of less than 5 years, must submit a certified criminal history record from Louisiana as well as a criminal history from any other state or states in which the applicant has resided within the past five years.  The criminal history must cover a five year period and must be obtained from a recognized state police agency for a particular state or the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice (“FBI”) or an FBI–Approved Channeler as listed on the FBI website.  As an alternative to obtaining and submitting records from multiple states, a single criminal history record obtained from the FBI or an FBI-Approved Channeler may be submitted.  The background report must be certified by the issuing agency and dated within six months of the application submission date.

    c). Time Requirements
    The background history must be dated within six months of the date the application is submitted to the Louisiana board and must cover at least the preceding five-year period of time.

Questions concerning obtaining a criminal background history record may be directed to the Bureau at 225/925-6006 (Louisiana) and to the FBI at 304/625-2000. You may also use an FBI–Approved Channeler as listed on the FBI website (www.fbi.gov).

4. Official Education Transcript – An applicant must submit an original, certified transcript showing the completion of the educational hours required by Louisiana Law (Title 46 Part XLIV. Chapter 11, §1101 [B]).  The minimum 500 in-class hours shall consist of 325 hours dedicated to the study of massage therapy techniques and clinical practicum-related modalities, 125 hours dedicated to the study of anatomy and physiology, and 50 hours of discretionary related course work, including but not limited to hydrotherapy, business practices and professional ethics, health and hygiene, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.  To verify this requirement, a course catalog, course syllabus or course description from the school may be requested.

    If the applicant is submitting an educational transcript from any Louisiana or out of state school which does not allow a determination of “in-class” or clock hours, the school must submit information necessary to convert credit hours shown on the transcript into “class hours” to verify that the applicant has met the educational requirements of 500 in-class hours. It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the necessary information to verify compliance with the educational requirements.

    In order to satisfactorily complete course requirements to be eligible for licensure, massage school students must have graduated from the school with passing grades and must have attended at least 90 percent of class hours in each subject matter offered in the supervised course of instruction, as reflected by attendance records taken at the beginning of each class meeting. To verify this requirement, attendance records may be requested.

5. Results of National Exam – Applicant must present proof of passing a National Exam and/or MBLEx no more than two years before the date the license application is filed. (Title 46 Part XLIV. Chapter 13, §1301). Proof of passing the exam must be received directly from the examination agency. 

6. Current Photo – Enclose one (1) 2” x 2” color photo of yourself on photo paper.  For example, passport size photo.

7. Reciprocity – If you have a current massage therapy license from another state which has been active for more than one year, you may be eligible for a Louisiana license through reciprocity. If seeking licensure in Louisiana through reciprocity, the education requirements of item 4 and National Exam requirements of Item 5 above are modified. Compliance with items 1, 2, 3 and 6 are required and in addition the following information must be provided:

  • A completed license verification from each state in which you have been issued a license. The applicant should contact each state board office to request the verification(s) of current or prior licensure be sent directly to LBMT, 2645 O'Neal Lane, bldg. C, Ste. E, Baton Rouge, LA  70816.
  • Documentation of passing a National Exam and/or MBLEx must be provided directly from the testing agency. Details relating to the exam (item #8, page 4), must be completed.
  • Official, original and certified transcript showing compliance with the educational requirements of the licensing state.


8. Military or Military Spouse – Please check below if you are in the military or the spouse of a military service member. Enclose a copy of your current Military ID card or a DD Form 214.

This information is included at the beginning of form LBMT001 - Louisiana Application for License available below. 

Should you have additional questions, please feel free to call the LBMT office at (225) 756-3488.

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