Please note that an application fee only extends an initial license to the next renewal date. Initial licenses do vary in duration. It is the responsibility of all licensees to renew their license before expiration. Failure to renew shall result in automatic forfeiture or suspension of the license by statute. Licenses which have forfeited are not automatically entitled to renew.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

If you receive an application or associated forms from a source other than directly from this office or its official web site, the documents may be outdated or not official versions. Application forms will be rejected if not on the current version.

Initial Application Process 


Please note that an initial license will vary in duration dependent upon its issuance date. This initial license will expire on January 1. It is the responsibility of all licensees to renew their license before January 1. Failure to renew by January 1 shall result in automatic forfeiture of the license by statute. Licenses which have forfeited are not automatically entitled to renew.

To begin the application process please complete and submit the Non-physician Online Account Request form. Your will be emailed your username and password after the form is processed in the order it was received. Your username and password will be needed to login and complete the online application. You can start and stop the application at your convenience and your information will be saved. Once the application is submitted an initial review is completed and a "To Do List" of the required items for your application file is created. The "To Do List" is viewable online and updated as items arrive so your application status can be viewed at all times.



Physical Agent Modalities Certification 


  • Application for Certification: Occupational Therapy Professionals to use Physical Agent Modalities in the State of South Dakota Form, please contact the Board office at


Renewal Process 



Please see the renewal schedule on the home page to determine if the renewal is available. Renewal applications will be open and available 90 days prior to the expiration date.


Reinstatement Process



Send explanation of why your license was allowed to forfeit and if you worked with the expired license to the Board office. An email is fine as long as you include complete contact information. Once your statement is evaluated, you will receive written instructions as to whether your previous license can be reinstated and instructions on how to begin the process.

If your license expired and was forfeited by statute more than 5 years ago, you are not eligible to reinstate, and you will need to apply for a new license as required by statute:

SDCL 36-31-11. Expiration of license--Renewal--Fee--Restoration of forfeited license--Time limit-- Continuing competency requirements. Any license issued by the board, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, shall expire on the first day of January of the year next succeeding the issuance thereof. A license may be renewed upon the payment of a fee to be fixed annually by the board. Failure of a licensee to renew his license on or before the first day of March of each year, constitutes a forfeiture of such license. However, any person who has forfeited his license under this chapter may have it restored to him by making written application thereof and by payment of the annual renewal fee for the current year and late renewal fee. Late renewal of a license may not be granted more than five years after its expiration. The board may establish, pursuant to chapter 1-26, additional requirements for license renewal which provide evidence of continuing competency. (Emphasis Supplied)