Massage Therapist Licensing

How long will it take for me to become licensed?

Individual circumstances can affect the amount of time it takes to issue a license. Generally, however, the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy ("Board") asks that applicants allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing after all required documents are received by the Board.


Can I obtain a temporary license?

No. The Board does not issue temporary licenses.


Can I work as a massage therapist while waiting for my license?

No. That would constitute unlicensed practice and is a violation of the law.


Can I find out if my application will be approved before I submit it and pay the non-refundable fee?

No. The Board will only consider an application after it has been submitted along with the application fee.


What can I do to speed up the application process?

1. Assure that the application is complete and includes all documents with original signatures.

2. Provide the Board with a valid e-mail address. This is the preferred method for routine correspondence and speeds things up greatly.

3. If a document is not included because it is being mailed separately, please include a note to let the Board know to expect it.

4. Respond to all letters of deficiencies from the Board as soon as possible.

5. The application must be notarized in all spaces where notarization is indicated and the notary must indicate that s/he has checked a government issued identification - personal knowledge is not sufficient.


If my application for licensure is denied, will my application fee be refunded?

No. Application fees are not refundable.


Is there a list of massage schools that are approved by the Board?

No. Your massage school must be properly licensed in the jurisdiction in which it operates. Your transcript must show that you have met the Board's curriculum requirements for licensure. Please see the regulation 269 CMR 3.00 et seq. on the "Statutes and Regulations" page; and the "Curriculum Guidelines for Applications Received after May 1, 2010" on the "News & Updates" section of the Board's home page. If the Board is not familiar with your school or if the Board has questions about your training, you may be asked to have your school provide additional information to the Board.


The massage school I attended is closed. What can I do?

Your records may still be available.  If your program was through a degree-granting school, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education at, click on “students and families” and then “transcripts.”  If your program was through a non-degree granting school, please consult the closed school repository listing on DPL’s website


How will I know whether there are any problems with the application that I have submitted?

You will be contacted via e-mail and advised of any deficiencies in your application or informed of any additional documentation that the Board has requested. If you do not have e-mail these correspondences will be sent via regular mail.  Please note that failure to submit documents with original signatures and/or required documents will delay the processing of your application.


How will I know whether the board has received my application?

The Board does not send routine acknowledgements when an application is received. You may send your application "return receipt requested" or via another service that verifies receipt. If you are concerned that the Board may not have received your application, please send an e-mail indicating your full name and the date that the application was sent. If you cannot send an e-mail, you can call the Board. However, e-mail is more efficient.


How will I know when my license has been issued?

If you have provided a valid e-mail address with your application, the Board will send an e-mail informing you of your licensure. The e-mail will normally be sent within two business days of the date that your license was issued. If you have not provided a valid e-mail address, then you may check the board web site using the " Check a Massage Therapist License" feature. Use the following link or find the option on the Board home page.

Select "Personal" information (or the "personal info" tab).

On the next page, in the "last name" box, type the first 3 or 4 letters of your last name.

Then press "search", you will get a list of licensees whose names start with the same letters.

If your name is on the list, click on the name to see your license information.

The information will appear on the web site, as described above, 2 or 3 business days after your license has been issued. If your name does not appear, either the license has not yet been processed or 2 - 3 business days have not yet passed since the license was processed.

The license card will arrive in the mail 4 to 6 weeks after the issue date.


Four to six weeks have passed since my license was issued and I have not received the license card in the mail. What should I do?

Please contact this office immediately (via e-mail, if possible) inform the Board of your name, address and license number and the fact that you have not received your license card in the mail. A new one will be sent. Note that, if you delay in letting the Board know that you have not received your license, you may be charged the duplicate license fee for another copy. So, while it is important to allow the requisite time for delivery of your license, it is also important to inform the board in a timely fashion if it is not received.


I have held a license in a profession other than massage therapy. Must I report that on my application?

Yes. If the license was issued in a jurisdiction outside of Massachusetts, the Board must receive a verification letter in a sealed envelope from the jurisdiction in which the license was held.