The World Federation of Occupational Therapists defines occupational therapy as a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation.

The new licensing system is up and running!

Please contact the Board at [email protected] with any questions or for further information.

If you are a current licensee, please review the instructions under Accessing the Licensee Portal under the Resources tab BEFORE logging into the new licensing system.

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Changes in License Distribution 📢

The Board will no longer be mailing out physical copies of licenses to recipients. Instead, license holders can access and download their licenses directly through our online portal. This digital distribution method not only saves resources but also ensures faster access to your licenses whenever needed.

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Beginning January 1, 2022, an applicant for original licensure, license renewal, license reinstatement or a limited license pursuant to this chapter shall possess a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1.

The Board can only issue a license after an applicant has attested that they possess a valid fingerprint clearance card. Please go to: if you require additional information on fingerprint clearance cards.

If you do not have proof of established residency in Arizona, please apply for Licensure by Examination. Incorrect selection of the license type will further delay the processing of your application.

Please click on link below if you are unsure which application is right for you.


Application Type Decision Tool
Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact
Important information on the upcoming OT Licensure Compact

Board Operations During Covid-19

In order to protect their health and well-being and that of their families, Occupational Therapy Board staff are telecommuting until further notice.  We continue to work regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) from home and are able to receive phone calls (which are forwarded to our cell phones) and emails.

Definition of Occupational Therapy

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists defines occupational therapy as a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enhancing the individual's ability to participate, by modifying the environment, or by adapting the activity to better support participation. 

Another way of thinking about the ideas contained in these definitions could be: occupational therapy is about understanding the importance of an activity to an individual, being able to analyze the physical, mental and social components of the activity and then adapting the activity, the environment and/or the person to enable them to resume the activity. Occupational therapists would ask, "Why does this person have difficulties managing his or her daily activities (or occupations), and what can we adapt to make it possible for him or her to manage better and how will this then impact his or her health and well-being?” 

Upcoming Meeting

Meeting Date
Add to Calendar 2024-07-19 13:30:00 2024-07-19 13:30:00 July OT Board Meeting Location Agency Platform - Standard [email protected] America/Phoenix public

Pathways to Licensure


Income-Related Fee Waiver

If your previous year's income was below 200% of the Federal poverty level,
you may qualify for a fee waiver. 

COVID-19 Fee Waiver - No longer available. Executive Order 2020-17 was rescinded effective July 1, 2021.

Not sure which type of application is right for you? 


Application for Licensure by Universal License Recognition

If you have recently established residency in Arizona AND hold a license in another state (for at least one year), you may qualify for licensure by universal license recognition.  With this option, you are required to submit proof of Arizona residency.  However, you are not required to submit proof of NBCOT certification and professional recommendations.  


Military Spouse Applications

A.R.S. 32-4302 also states that a license shall be issued without an examination to a person who is married to an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States and who is accompanying the member to an official permanent change of station to a military installation located in this state.  The Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners doesn't require a jurisprudence exam, so you would apply for licensure by universal recognition, as the requirements are the same.