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Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

Application, Examination and Initial Licensure

This section provides everything you need to know about making application for a chiropractic license in Oregon.  The information is laid out in the order in which things happen. Make application, be fingerprinted, pass the exam, and obtain your initial license.  Review each section below for instructions.

Instructions
  1. Read the Candidates Guide for application, exam and license procedures; 
  2. Contact your chiropractic college/s and NBCE to request copies of your transcripts be sent to the OBCE;
  3. Complete the application packet;
    • Sign the application
    • Have the application notarized
    • Submit the application to the OBCE with total fees for the "Initial application and examination fee" and the "Criminal background check fee."  Refer to the fee rule here - OAR 811-010-0008​.
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Candidate's Guide
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Application packet
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Email Miriam Lara if you have questions
Instructions
All applicants for Oregon chiropractic licensure are required to be fingerprinted.

OBCE staff will email the fingerprint instructions to you upon receipt of your application packet and fee. Applicants are encouraged to make their appointment for fingerprinting as soon as possible as it takes at least 7-10 business days to process the background report.
 
The resulting background report will be provided to the OBCE by the Oregon State Police and FBI. The Board will review any questionable disclosures or non-disclosures. Non-disclosures will delay the processing of your application.

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Administrative rule 811-010-0084
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Fieldprint FAQs
Instructions

​Once the Board approves your application to take the examinations, you will receive two pieces of information: 

  1. An email from the Board with the Oregon Ethics Exam and instructions attached, and
  2. Instructions to register with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners for the Minor Surgery/Proctology and Obstetrics exams. 
Do NOT request approval from the NBCE until after you have received approval by email from the Oregon Board.

Refer to the next section "Exam Study Materials"

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Instructions
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Instructions

​To obtain your initial Oregon active license, your application file must be complete and your exams passed.

  1. Request that a copy of your final chiropractic transcript, and diploma to be sent to the OBCE,
  2. Request NBCE to send your final Part IV transcript to the OBCE.
  3. Submit the Initial License fee (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover)
If paying with a card use the Credit Card Authorization form.  If paying by check, money order or cashier's check, make it payable to the OBCE and send to:

Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
530 Center St NE, Suite 620
Salem, OR 97301

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Fees OAR 811-010-0008
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Credit Card Authorization form
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National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
 

License Renewal 

  • Renewal notices are emailed by Board staff approximately 45 days prior to your renewal date (last day of your birth month). 
  • Continuing education must be completed prior to renewing and within 12 months of your renewal date. Each license status below states how many hours are required, and additional information can be found on the Continuing Education page.
  • Renewals must be completed online.  
  • To renew click the Online Renewal link found at the top of the OBCE website.

Instructions
Education: Only 6 hours, but in specific topics (refer to "First Year in Oregon" info on the Continuing Education page*). 

Fee: $425​
OHA Survey: $2​

*Note: There are also specific CE requirements for your second renewal.​
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Administrative rule 811-010-0086
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Online renewal
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Continuing education page
Instructions
Education: 20 hours general subject due annually, plus any board-mandated subjects (refer to the Regular Active status info on the Continuing Education page)

Annual Fee: $425
OHA Survey: $2
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Administrative rule 811-010-0086
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Online renewal
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Continuing education page
Instructions

To be eligible for senior active status, a licensee must be at least 60 years of age, AND have been in active practice for at least 25 years - in Oregon and/or any other states. ​

Education: 6 hours general subject due annually, plus any board-mandated subjects (refer to the Senior Active status info on the Continuing Education page)​

Annual Fee: $315​
OHA Survey: $2​
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Administrative rule 811-010-0086
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Continuing education page
Instructions
Licensees may not practice while maintaining an inactive license.
Education: None

Annual fee: $225
OHA Survey: $2​
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Administrative rule 811-010-0086
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Online renewal
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Changing inactive status to active
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Active to Inactive
If this status change means that you are closing a practice, please complete the Closing My Practice form below and send it to the Board. At renewal time, simply log in to the online renewal site and choose the option to maintain an inactive license. The fee will reflect the change. No continuing education is required. 
 
Inactive to Active
You may change to active status at any time, however, if you have maintained an inactive license for five or more years, there are specific requirements due before you are eligible to activate. Refer to the Board's Inactive to Active policy below.
  1. The full active fee will be due (it is not pro-rated). 
  2. You must complete, and submit to the Board the required continuing education for the active status (regular or senior) for which you qualify; Board mandated subjects may be required as well.
  3. Refer to OAR 811-010-0086(8), and submit proof of competence.
You may not practice in Oregon until you meet the above requirements, AND have the Board's Certificate of Registration in hand.
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Inactive to Active policy
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Instructions
The 30 days immediately after a chiropractic license expires is called the "grace period."  The Board allows a licensee to practice during those 30 days, but a penalty is added to your renewal payment.  $125 is added for each week late, up to the maximum fine of $500.  

If a licensee has not renewed by the end of the grace period, they are instructed to cease and desist practicing. If 12 months pass and the licensee still has not renewed, they will no longer have a license to practice. The person will need to reapply for licensure. 

If a licensee does not cease and desist practice, they may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board. 
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Unprofessional Conduct OAR 811-035-0015(14)

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