DC LICENSE APPLICATION
To apply for a license in the District of Columbia, go to:
If for any reason the above link does not work, you can also access a license application through this:
Please note the following: The D.C. acupuncture license application asks for verification of physician collaboration. The requirement for physician collaboration was rescinded by law in 2004. However, the Department of Health has not revised the application form or instruction booklet to reflect this statutory change.
We suggest that when you apply you attach a note explaining that by law you are not required to provide physician collaboration. Attach a copy of pages one and 10 of the Health Occupations Revision Act of 2009. The pertinent language is in the last line of paragraph (1) under the definition of acupuncture on page 10. We have put this line in boldface, below.
The definition reads as follows:
§ 3-1201.02. Definitions of health occupations
For the purposes of this chapter, the term:
(1) "Practice of acupuncture" means the insertion of needles, with or without
accompanying electrical or thermal stimulation, at a certain point or points on or near the surface of the human body to relieve pain, normalize physiological functions, and treat ailments or conditions of the body. A licensed acupuncturist does not need to enter into a collaboration agreement with a licensed physician or osteopath to practice acupuncture."
The link to the Health Occupations Revision Act of 2009 is:
Please let us know how the licensing process goes for you.
DC LICENSE RENEWAL
License renewals can be done by going to:
or through this link:
Some history on DC Regulations for Acupuncturists
Effective July 2004, legislation of acupuncture in the District of Columbia was modified via a bill that was introduced in 2003 to establish legislation for the practice of naturopathic medicine in DC. This was the vehicle through which the earlier requirement for physician collaboration was eliminated.
Original acupuncture regulations can be viewed here.
The update to the legislation can be viewed by doing the following:
Select LEGISLATION AND LAWS
Select View Status of Bill or Resolution
Enter B15-0057 and it will display:
"PRACTICE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE LICENSING AMENDMENT
ACT OF 2003"
Legislation #: B15-0057
Act/Res #: A15-0419
Law #: L15-172
Expiration Date: None
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Effective Date: Thursday, July 08, 2004
Introduction: the original bill as introduced to the DC Council
Committee Report: Lists notes of the hearing and all who testified
Engrossment: A modification of the bill
Enrollment: The new legislation
It was the amendment of this bill that eliminated the physician collaboration requirement under the previous legislation. The text of this Act specifically states, "A licensed acupuncturist does not need to enter into a collaboration agreement with a licensed physician or osteopath to practice acupuncture."
This same act also protected and upheld the high standards that we have come to expect in the traditional Chinese medical profession. In the "Practice of Naturopathic Medicine Licensing Amendment Act of 2004", the DC Acupuncture Society was able to successfully amend the Scope of Practice in the act to read "The term "practice of naturopathic medicine" does not include the practices of physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, or chiropractic.".