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Requirements for Licensure

Active License Requirements

Persons interested in acquiring an active license to practice chiropractic in the state of North Dakota must first submit an application.  In order for a person to be authorized to practice chiropractic in the state of North Dakota, they must have met the following requirements:

Receive a license from the Board, which further requires:

  • Graduation from a college of chiropractic which is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education or its successor or equivalent;
  • Successful completion of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Physiotherapy Examinations;
  • Successful completion of the Board Jurisprudence Examination;
  • Completion of a statewide and nationwide Criminal History Record check;
  • If applicable, letters of good standing from all states/jurisdictions in which the practitioner currently holds or has held a chiropractic license;
  • Completion of an application;
  • Payment of application fees.

License Transfer/Reciprocity/Endorsement

Licenses may be acquired through the License Transfer application. In brief, if you are a licensed practitioner, in good standing, who has been in practice in another state or jurisdiction, but have not completed all parts of the National Board examination, you may be eligible for license transfer.  At the start of the application, you will select License Transfer in the Application Type.

Please contact the Board office with any questions regarding License Transfer/Reciprocity/Licensure by Endorsement.

Foreign Applicants

Please contact the Board directly if your education and examinations were completed outside of the United States.


The following persons may be exempt from the license requirement:

  1. Chiropractors from the District of Columbia, or other states, territories, or countries who are in actual consultation in this state.
  • From the ND Administrative Rules 17-02-01-01.2 (2) Definitions, "Actual consultation" means seeking or giving professional advice, opinions, or assistance in conjunction with a licensed chiropractor in this state with regard to a specific patient for the purpose of providing chiropractic treatment to the patient.
  1. Students duly enrolled in a college of chiropractic approved and accredited by the council on chiropractic education, or its successor or equivalent, who have completed chiropractic studies and who are continuing their training under a preceptorship program and performing the duties of an intern under the supervision of a chiropractor licensed in the state of North Dakota who has received approval to supervise such internship by the board and said students having received approval to participate in such internship by the board and by the chiropractic college or university.
  2. A graduate of any approved and accredited college of chiropractic who has for the first time made application for license by examination to practice chiropractic in the state of North Dakota, and who, under the supervision of a North Dakota licensed chiropractor, performs the duties of an intern, provided that a supervising chiropractor has certified to the board that the graduate is of good character and competent chiropractic ability. The authorization granted by the board terminates within fifteen months from the date issued by the board.
  3. Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to impinge upon the practice of medicine by a physician and surgeon or an osteopathic physician and surgeon who has adequate training in the use of manipulative and adjustive procedures of the spine and appendicular skeleton.
  4. A chiropractor who is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States or credentialed to practice chiropractic in another country if that chiropractor is teaching, demonstrating, or providing chiropractic in connection with teaching or participating in an education seminar in the state for no more than sixty days in a calendar year.
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