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Physical Therapy Compact Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking PDF

The Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy evaluates the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify.  The Board establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed physical and occupational therapists and investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct.

The Board is the link between the consumer and the licensed physical and occupational therapy and, as such, promotes the public health, welfare and safety.

Licensees are responsible for meeting all licensure requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Select Laws and Rule listed on the left and scroll through the Rules for detailed information about Licensure Definitions, Licensure Renewal, Reactivation and other important content specific to this profession.

Physical Therapy Licensure, PT Compact Membership and PT CompacPrivileges

The Physical Therapy Compact is an agreement between member states to improve access to physical therapy services for the public by increasing the mobility of eligible physical therapy providers to work in multiple states. A Compact Privilege is the authorization to work in a Compact member state other than your home state. To be eligible for a Compact Privilege, you must hold an active PT or PTA license in your home state and meet other eligibility criteria, such as having no disciplinary action against your license for at least two years. When eligibility is verified and all fees are paid, you receive the Compact Privilege and may begin legally working in the other remote state. Iowa privileges are available. If you are interested in learning more about the PT Compact please use the following link: https://ptcompact.org/

The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact allows eligible licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants an alternative method for providing services in other member states. Iowa privileges may not be available  until January 2024 as the OT Compact is just beginning across the nation.  If you are interested in learning more about the OT Compact please use the following link: https://otcompact.org/ot-compact-commission/.

Online Services Web Site

Click here to access the online services web site

The web site will allow individuals to complete the following tasks:

  • Apply for initial licensure
  • Renew your license
  • Reactivate your license
  • Request a license verification
  • Change your address
  • Attach documents to your license
  • File a complaint
  • List of licensees

Contact Information & Office Hours


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Contact Information & Office Hours

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://amanda-portal.idph.state.ia.us/ibpl/portal/

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov


Office Hours:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays