Whether you are considering moving to another state on a part-time basis, permanently moving across the country, or looking to explore the USA in your Airstream, you know you need to get a massage license there. And one of the first questions you may have is, “Does that state accept the MBLEx?”
The MBLEx is the best thing we have right now for license portability. Now, it does not permit you to just go practice massage in any state you want, but it does help you meet the entry-level licensing exam requirement in most states. Also, a licensing exam is only part of the equation.
In addition to passing an entry-level licensing exam, most states set a minimum number of hours for massage therapists seeking to apply by endorsement. Plus, applications, fees, background checks, school transcripts, jurisprudence tests, CPR certifications, and state license verifications may also be required. But we seem to focus on whether our exam is accepted because nobody likes to take exams.
How do I know which states accept the MBLEx?
Below is a link to each state’s massage therapy board and information about which exams it appears they accept. Most, but not all, of the below states accept the MBLEx. I have added additional links and information from applications, board websites, and board rules which may indicate accepted massage licensing exams.