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Tennessee OT Inactive and Retired Status

Inactive Status

Any person licensed by the board of occupational therapy may place the person's license on inactive status by filing the proper forms with the board and by paying a biennial fee in accordance with rules adopted by the board. If the person thereafter reengages in active practice in this state, the person shall apply for relicensure with the board as provided by this part and shall meet the continuing education requirements that are established by the board, except for good and sufficient reasons as determined by the board.

Retired Status

A person who holds a current license and does not intend to practice as a occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant may apply to convert an active license to inactive (“retired”) status. An individual who holds a retired license will not be required to pay the renewal fee.

A person who holds an active license may apply for retired status in the following manner:

(a) Obtain from, complete, and submit to the Board’s administrative office an affidavit of retirement form; and

(b) Submit any documentation which may be required by the form to the Board’s administrative office.


A licensee whose license has been retired may reenter active status by doing the following:

    • Submit a written request for licensure reactivation to the Board’s administrative office; and
    • Pay the licensure renewal fees and state regulatory fee. If retirement reactivation is requested prior to the expiration of one (1) year from the date of retirement, the Board will require payment of the late renewal fee and all past due licensure renewal fees; and
    • Complete the continued competence requirements.

Licensees may place their licenses on inactive status by filing the appropriate form with the Board and by paying the biennial Inactive License fee. If the licensee thereafter reengages in active practice in Tennessee, such licensee shall apply for relicensure (reactivation) and shall meet the continued competence education requirements.

Licensure reactivation applications shall be treated as licensure applications and review and decisions shall be governed by Rule 1150-02-.07.


Tenn. Code Ann. ยง 63-13-215

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.11

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