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Washington Occupational Therapy Inactive and Retired Status

Inactive Status

A practitioner may apply for an inactive credential if he or she meets the following criteria:

    • Holds an active Washington state credential;
    • Is in good standing; and
    • Will not practice in Washington.

To obtain an inactive credential, the practitioner must notify the department of health in writing of the intent to obtain an inactive credential.

The practitioner may obtain an inactive credential at any time the criteria in subsection (1) of this section are met. The fee for the initial inactive credential will be due when the active credential expires. Portions of the current renewal fee will not be prorated or refunded for the remaining active renewal cycle.

Renewal of an Inactive Credential

To renew an inactive credential, the practitioner must:

    • Pay the inactive credential renewal fee; and
    • Pay the substance abuse monitoring surcharge, if required by the profession.

To determine the renewal cycle, refer to the individual laws and rules pertaining to your profession.

Inactive credential renewal fees are accepted by the department no sooner than ninety days prior to the expiration date.

Prior to the inactive credential expiration date, courtesy renewal notices are mailed to the address on file. Practitioners should return the renewal notice when renewing their credential. Failure to receive a courtesy renewal notice does not relieve or exempt the inactive credential renewal requirement.

Return to Active Status

To change an inactive credential to an active credential status the practitioner must:

    • Notify the department in writing of the change;
    • Pay the appropriate current active renewal fee;
    • Pay the current substance abuse monitoring surcharge, if required by the profession;
    • Provide a written declaration that no action has been taken by a state or federal jurisdiction or hospital which would prevent or restrict the practitioner's practice of the profession;
    • Provide a written declaration that he or she has not voluntarily given up any credential or privilege or has not been restricted in the practice of the profession in lieu of or to avoid formal action;
    • Provide a written declaration that continuing education and competency requirements for the two most recent years have been met, if required for the profession;
    • Provide other written declarations or documentation, if required for the profession;
    • Satisfy other competency requirements of the regulatory entity; if required; and
    • If not previously provided, provide proof of AIDS education as required for the profession.


WAC 246-12-090

WAC 246-12-100

WAC 246-12-110

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