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Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy

Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy

The purpose of the Kentucky Board of Massage Therapy is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public. The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession as a massage therapist. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 309.350 to 309.364.

The board is a self-supporting agency and receives no General Fund tax appropriation.  It is funded entirely through fees assessed for licensing its professionals.

May 18, 2016, Please Read and Print this Notice HERE
With our new online system and database, it has become necessary to 
Assign everyone a new six digit license number.
The old number will be called a Legacy License number.  You can go to your Board’s website or through Occupation & Profession web site and print out a card or certificate after creating a new USER Account and a new password.  Your existing number is stored for reference and searching purposes and will be displayed within the system and on public documents showing your current license status.
Please do not use a “FAVORITE” button or previously stored shortcut as it most likely will take you to the OLD System which is no longer up and viewable for verifications. 
NEW USER ID and PASSWORD Creation is Required: As part of this new system, you will be required to create a new User ID and password that you will keep indefinitely. This will be the only User ID and password required for renewal applications, checking historical data, changing addresses, name, email, and for all business and personal information. Please take a moment to create a new user account and password located under the Online Services - eServices link at the top of this webpage.
Online verification is available as well as printable cards and certficates. You can go to your Board’s website or through Occupation & Profession web site and click on Online Services - eServices and print out a new card or certificate. Both Legacy license number and your new license number will be shown.
The change to a new License Number was necessary and unavoidable due to the 25,000 plus license numbers and four major problems:  The first issue was that historically O&P created and maintained manually duplicate numbers within separate boards. This practice carried over into the last two failed systems which is part of the problems and costs licensees and O&P have had within our old system. The second issue is 25,000 license numbers ranging from 4 digits to 14 digits, where some had 2 to 4 prefix letters, some were hyphened and others not, thus creating too many variations to manage, display or run necessary Board reports such as audits. Furthermore, the third problem solved, with this immediate change, is to allow those license holders with payers, requiring a licensee to provide an active license number, the opportunity to make those changes today.  Although the Occupations and Professions system will display both numbers, we cannot guarantee some payers will accept the Legacy Number terminology as the same thing as an Active License Number. The fourth issue is computer systems cannot route a program using two different terms to mean the same thing, therefore the old number will now be a Legacy License Number available for search purposes, letterhead or other uses not involved in medical payer requirements.
Both Legacy License Number and License Number will reflect your status: Active or Expired.
Please begin today to plan a transition to using your new number. As additional information become available, our office will communicate to licensees via emails you have created above.
Thank you,
Larry Brown
Executive Director

Website notice from April 15, 2016 click HERE

NOTICE:  The Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy no longer issues identification cards. 

The Office of Occupations and Professions suggests completing your renewal at least two weeks prior to your expiration date.

The regulations for the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy were recently changed to require an FBI Background Check under 201 KAR 42:035 for initial applicants for licensure, and under 201 KAR 42:040 for applicants for renewal who have been convicted of a felony during the previous licensure period.  However, the Board is extending an amnesty period waiving the FIB Background Check expiring on September 31, 2016.

The Board has been made aware that until recently, the Rules and Regulations booklet posted on the Board website contained the repealed laws and did not give applicants sufficient notice of the law change.  Due to this error, the Board will temporarily waive the FBI background check requirement.  The posted Rules and Regulations booklet was recently updated.  But applicants for initial licenses and renewals may submit an application without the required FBI background check up to September 31, 2016.  Any application filed after September 31, 2016 for an initial license, or for renewal of a licensee convicted of a felony during the previous license period, must comply with the FBI Background Check requirement. 
The applications and forms for initial license and renewal for the Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy are available on our website  The application shall be completed in its entirety and submitted to this office with the required payment by check or money order made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer. An application must be submitted on or before September 31, 2016 to qualify for the FBI Background Check amnesty period.
If you have further questions please contact Board Administrator, Jessica Parker, via email at

 Effective February 2016, a recent, 2x2, passport quality photograph must be attached to all initial and renewal applications