Information for the License:

Physical Therapist

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Physical Therapy Board of California
Division Name: Applications and Licensing Services Unit
Telephone:  (916) 561-8200
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

Practitioners of physical therapy.

Fees: Application: $125
License: $100
National examination: $370
Examination on California laws & regulations: $30
Criminal history background check based on fingerprints: $51

Examination Frequency:  Fixed date testing 4 times a year

Exam Locations: Throughout California and most other states.

Experience Requirement: Graduation from a Board-approved physical therapist education program. Foreign-educated candidates must meet academic requirements in Business and Professions Code, Section 2653.

Average Time to Process Application: 120 days.

Renewal Period: Biennially (birth month).

Special License Requirements: Private practice physical therapy certification by the Department of Health Services to perform outpatient Medicare services.

Comments: N/A

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Sections 2630-2632, 2634-2635, 2635.1, 2636, 2636.5, 2650, 2650.1, 2651, 2652. 
California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 13.2, Sections 1398.24, 1398.25, 1398.30-1398.38, 1399.10.