MOTA is not involved with licensure. An overview the licensure process is posted below for your reference. Please contact the Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy for specific licensure questions, including change of address form, applications for permits and licensure, and licensure verification requests:
to state law, a new graduate cannot work as an Occupational Therapist
until a Limited Permit has been issued by the Missouri Board of
In addition, all persons providing occupational
therapy services in Missouri must hold a current license or limited
permit in order to work.
To Request the Limited Permit or License
Please contact the Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy:
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
(573) 751-0877 Telephone
(573) 526-3489 Facsimile
(800) 735-2966 TTY - RELAY Missouri
(800) 735-2466 Voice Relay Missouri
Applying for a Limited
Complete the Request for Confirmation of Examination
Registration and Eligibility to Examine Notice form in the NBCOT
- The Request for Confirmation of Examination
Registration and Eligibility to Examine Notice form states that
a completed application with fee has been received by PES (the
testing company) AND that a transcript with the degree awarded
designation on it OR an Academic Credential Verification form
completed by the Registrar of the educational institution has
also been received.
- When the completed application and graduation
verification and/or transcript are received by PES, the Request
for Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to
Examine Notice form is sent to NBCOT for approval. NBCOT reviews
and approves the candidate's eligibility status and sends the
approved Request for Confirmation of Examination Registration
and Eligibility to Examine Notice form to the Missouri Board of
OT. NOTE: This process takes approximately 3 weeks to process by
PES and NBCOT and only occurs after the application AND the
Request for Confirmation of Examination Registration and
Eligibility to Examine Notice AND the transcript OR Academic
Credential Verification form have been received by PES.
- Send your National Certification Examination scores to the
Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy:
- When applying to sit for the National
Certification Examination, you may request that your scores be
sent automatically to the Missouri Board.
- If you did not request that your score be sent
to Missouri when applying for the exam, you may contact NBCOT at
www.nbcot.org to have scores
sent to the NBCOT Verification of Certification form available
- Apply for a Limited Permit from the Missouri Board of
- Complete the Application Form, available from MBOT.
- Notarize the application form.
- The permit is usually issued within 2-4 weeks after the
application has been received.
Applying for a License
A Limited Permit holder has 60 days following notice of
successfully completing the exam to apply for a License. The
Limited Permit is extended and then expires after 60 days, and
the Limited Permit holder CANNOT work unless holding a valid new
- To apply for a license, the Limited Permit holder submits the
Addendum to Original Application from the limited permit/license
application packet to the Missouri Board of OT.
3. If the Limited Permit holder fails the exam, the Limited
Permit holder may renew the Limited Permit one time. The Limited
Permit expires 8 weeks after the date of the second exam.
Working with a Limited Permit
- When the Limited Permit is received, the new graduate may
begin working in Missouri. The Limited Permit holder uses the
title OT Limited Permit or OTA Limited Permit. The Limited
Permit holder must be supervised by an Occupational Therapist
who has been licensed for one year in the state of Missouri.
- The Limited Permit is valid from the date of receipt until 8
weeks after the date of the exam.