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Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

Application, Examination, and Initial Licensure

The information below reflects the order of the DC chiropractic license application process. Review each section for instructions.

Instructions
  1. Read the Applicant's Guide for application, exam, and license procedures. 
  2. Request official transcripts from chiropractic college(s) and the NBCE be sent to the OBCE.
  3. Complete the application packet.
    • Sign the application
    • Have the application notarized
    • Submit the application and fees for the "Initial application fee" and the "Criminal background check fee" to the OBCE. OAR 811-010-0008​.​
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Applicant's Guide
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Application Packet
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Contact Miriam Lara
Instructions
All applicants for Oregon chiropractic licensure are required to be fingerprinted.

OBCE provide fingerprint instructions upon receipt of the 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 the application and may initiate OBCE investigation.

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Administrative Rule 811-010-0084
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Fieldprint FAQs
Instructions

​Once the OBCE approves a DC applicant to take the Oregon Specific Exams, the OBCE will provide instructions to register with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) for the Oregon Ethics/Jurisprudence, Minor Surgery/Proctology and Obstetrics exams. 

Do not request approval from the NBCE until after receiving approval from the OBCE.
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Instructions

The Exam Reference Guide is not comprehensive and does not imply that references not included on the list are inappropriate or of lesser value or quality than references that are included. Studying the references will not guarantee that an applicant will pass the Oregon examination.

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Exam Reference Guide
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​To obtain initial Oregon active license, the application file must be complete and exams passed.

  1. Request official final chiropractic transcript and diploma to be sent to the OBCE.
  2. Request the NBCE send final Part IV transcript to the OBCE.
  3. Submit the Initial License fee.
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 will be provided electronically 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. 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
Continuing Education: 6 hours 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
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Continuing 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

OBCE requires fingerprint background checks to be completed every 6 years.
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Administrative Rule 811-010-0086
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Online Renewal
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Continuing Education page
Instructions

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. ​

Continuing Education: 6 hours general subject due annually, and 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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Online Renewal
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Continuing Education page
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Licensees may not practice while maintaining an inactive license.
Continuing Education: N/A

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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Inactive to Active Status
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Active to Inactive
Log in to the online renewal site and choose the option to transition to an inactive license status. The fee will reflect the change. No continuing education will be required. 
 
If you are closing a practice, please complete the Closing My Practice form below and submit to the OBCE and follow inactive license instructions. 

Inactive to Active
Licensees in inactive status may transition to active status at any time. If an inactive license is maintained for five years or more, specific requirements must be completed before transitioning to active status. Refer to the Board's Inactive to Active policy below.
  1. The total active status fee will be due (it is not pro-rated). 
  2. Complete and submit the required continuing education for active status (regular or senior) to the OBCE. Board mandated subjects may be required as well.
  3. Refer to OAR 811-010-0086(8-9), and submit proof of competence.
Licensees may not practice in Oregon until all requirements are met and the OBCE's Certificate of Registration in hand.
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OAR 811-010-0086
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Email the OBCE
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The OBCE allows a licensee to practice for 30 days after license expires. During this grace period, a penalty of $125 is added for each week late, up to the maximum fine of $500.

Licensees who have not renewed by the end of the grace period, are instructed to discontinue practicing. If licensee does not renew after 12 months they forfeit their license. The person will need to reapply for licensure. 

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

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