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California OT Limited Permits

To qualify for a limited permit, a person must have applied to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to take the licensing examination within four (4) months of completing the education and fieldwork requirements for licensure or certification and request NBCOT provide their examination score report be forwarded to the Board.

    • Upon receipt from NBCOT, the applicant must forward to the Board a copy of the Authorization to Test (ATT) letter.
    • The applicant must provide documentation or other evidence to the Board, to prove that the applicant requested their examination score be sent from NBCOT to the Board, before a limited permit may be issued.
    • A limited permit shall only be valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance by the Board, upon receipt of a failing result, or two (2) weeks following the expiration of the applicants' eligibility to test period, whichever occurs first.
    • The limited permit holder must immediately notify the Board of the results of the examination.
    • The limited permit holder must provide to the Board the name, address and telephone number of his or her employer and the name and license number of his or her supervising occupational therapist (OT). Any change of employer or supervising OT must be provided to the Board, in writing, within five (5) days of the change.

A limited permit shall not be denied to an applicant that has completed the fingerprint, education, and examination requirements, yet is unable to provide transcripts due to the college or university's inability to make the transcripts available to the student or the Board in a timely manner. A limited permit issued pursuant to this section shall only be valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance by the Board.

The limited permit will be cancelled, and the fee forfeited, upon notification to the Board or the limited permit holder by the test administrator that the holder failed to pass the first examination.


Cal. Bus. and Prof.  Code § 2570.5

Cal. Code Regs., tit. 16 § 4123

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