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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.

NOTICE:  The Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy no longer issues identification cards.  Licensees may print their license verification information by clicking here.

The Office of Occupations and Professions anticipates online renewals will not be available after 4:00 PM on April 21, 2016, until further notice.  As we transition to a new platform, users may download forms from the “Resources” tab then “Applications and Forms”.   

Please avoid phone calls to Occupations and Professions staff during this period to allow processing of paper applications. Priorities will be given to occupations and professions without grace periods or to those with billing issues related to end of month licensure.
It is our hope this will be a brief interruption in our online abilities and the licensing system will be a substantial improvement in user access and expectations.

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has been made aware that until recently, the Rules and Regulations booklet posted on the Board website contained the repealed laws and did not give applicants sufficient notice of the law change.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