Maryland Massage License Requirements

Licensing Board Contact InformationName:
Maryland Board of Chiropractic
& Massage Therapy Examiners

4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland




Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP)

Required Hours:
500 hours plus 60 College credits and NCE - Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), 500 hours plus NCE - Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP)

Exam Required:
NCETMB or NCCAOM and State Exam

24 hours biennially + current CPR

Maryland Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements

If you've graduated from a massage school in Maryland and are interested in practicing massage therapy as your career, it is important to stay up to date on the rules and regulations that apply to massage therapists in Maryland.

Here you will find the requirements to obtain a license to perform massage in the state of Maryland. Note that Maryland has two different designations - Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) are licensed to practice therapeutic massage and may practice in a medical health care provider's office, hospital, or other health care facility for the purpose of providing massage. Maryland also has a Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP) for non-therapeutic massage and RMP's may not practice in a medical health care provider's office, hospital, or other health care facility for the purpose of providing massage.

The successful applicant for a massage designation in Maryland will submit a completed application (

An Application fee $150.00 + Jurisprudence Examination Fee $100 by certified check or money order must be included in your application packet. Applicants are required to take and pass a scheduled jurisprudence examination administered by the Board at 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

All applicants must pass the National Certification Examination (NCETMB/NCETM) offered by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork), the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) or MBLEx examination before submitting an application and registering for the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination.

Copies of your transcript(s), National Score Report, and CPR certification must be submitted with your completed application and your Application Check List. Upon review of the aforementioned, you will be scheduled for the Maryland State Jurisprudence Examination and sent an Admittance Letter by the Board's Licensing Coordinator.

Transcripts are accepted from massage therapy schools that are accredited or approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

Applicants must personally arrange with their school(s) to have certified sealed copies of official transcripts submitted by the school(s) directly to the Board. The transcript(s) must document a minimum of 500-hours in an accredited massage therapy education program.

Foreign Transcripts: Students who attended foreign schools are advised that it is solely their responsibility to ensure that all transcripts are in a format acceptable to the Board. Transcripts from foreign schools must be independently reviewed and investigated at the expense of the applicant. For more information (see Notice to Applicants Who Attended Foreign Schools. Such transcripts must also have an original English translation from an accredited member of the American Translators Association. No other translation certification is acceptable. Only original transcripts and translations are acceptable - copies or certified copies will not be accepted

Applicants will be notified in writing to submit the License / Registration Fee $200.00 and related paperwork after all the requirements for license / registration are met.

The licensure/registration cycle is every two years (even numbered years) for example, on November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2014. Note: Applicants receiving their initial license to registration November 1st thru October 31st of an even year will be EXEMPT FROM CEU Requirements. However they MUST RENEW PRIOR TO 12 MIDNIGHT OF OCT 31st of that EVEN YEAR.

Educational Requirements for continuing education are:
  • a minimum of 3 CEU hours in professional ethics, jurisprudence, or risk management;
  • a minimum of 3 CEU hours in communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS; and
  • a minimum of 18 CEU hours in massage related courses.
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Additional Maryland licensing resources
Code of Maryland Massage Therapy Laws (below Chiropractic Info)
Maryland Massage Therapy License Application Instructions
Maryland Massage Therapy License Application Packet
Maryland Massage Therapy License Renewal Information
Maryland Massage Therapy License Continuing Education Information