Board of Massage Therapy - Apply For a New License

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Application Guidelines

The document below explains the required steps to complete the application process.  While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously.

Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go to plpublic@idph.iowa.gov .

To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.

Click here to Access Online Services or to Apply Online

Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received,  typically within 5 business days.

  • Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
  • Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.

Application Rules

The rules below describe the application process for Massage Therapy.

Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee

Application Forms

Due to COVID-19, paper applications will not be processed at this time.  Click here to apply, renew, or reactivate online.  For questions about username and password, please call the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174.  For assistance with the online application contact 515-281-0254. 

Related Links

AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
820 Davis Street, Suite 100
Evanston, IL 60201-4444
Tel: (847) 864-0123
Web: www.amtamassage.org

NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork)
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102
Tel: (800) 296-0664
Web: www.ncbtmb.com

ASI (Assessment Systems, Inc.)
Suite 300
Three Bala Plaza West
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-3481
Tel: (610) 617-9300

ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals)
1271 Sugarbush Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
Tel: (800) 458-2267
Web: www.abmp.com

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
7111 W 151st S., Suite 356
Overland Park, KS 66223
Tel: (913) 681-0380
Fax: (913) 681-0391
Toll free: (888) 70-FSMTB
Web: www.fsmtb.org


School Curriculum

Application for approval of massage therapy education curriculum. In-state massage therapy schools may request curriculum approval or reapproval. Massage therapy schools seeking curriculum approval shall submit the application and fees in accordance with the requirements of subrule 132.2(3). The curriculum approval shall be valid for up to two years with reapplication for approval due June 30 of each even-numbered year. The biennial renewal cycle shall begin July 1 of an even-numbered year and end June 30 two years later.

Contact Information & Office Hours

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://amanda-portal.idph.state.ia.us/ibpl/portal/

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov


Office Hours:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays