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Licensed States & Licensing Authorities

Currently, 16 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing or regulation laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. For information about the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Board (NPLEX) and the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), please see our Education page.

Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state's law. The states that currently have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians are:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
National Organizations 
Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities (FNMRA)
President: Anne Walsh, Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine
9220 SW Barbur Blvd., Ste 119, #321
Portland, OR  97219
Phone: 503-452-2953503-452-2953
Fax: 503-452-3943
www.fnmra.org
info@fnmra.org

United States Licensing Organizations 
Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development
Division of Occupational Licensing Naturopathic Section
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2695(907) 465-2695
Email: nathan.vallier@alaska.gov
www.commerce.alaska.gov/occ/pnat.htm

Arizona Naturopathic Board of Medical Examiners
Executive Director: Craig Runbeck, NMD
1400 W. Washington Ave, #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-8242(602) 542-8242
http://www.npbomex.az.gov/

Osteopathic Medical Board of California
Naturopathic Medicine Committee

Contact: Francine Davies
1300 National Drive, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA  95834
Mailing Address: PO Box 980490
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0490
Phone: (916) 928-4785(916) 928-4785
Fax: (916) 928-4787
Email: naturopathic@dca.ca.gov
www.naturopathic.ca.gov/

Connecticut Board of Naturopathic Examiners
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-7562(860) 509-7562
Email: oplc.dph@ct.gov
 www.dph.state.ct.us/

District of Columbia Department of Health Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Physicians 
717 14th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (877) 672-2174(877) 672-2174
Fax: (202) 727-8471
hpla.doh.dc.gov

Hawaii Board of Examiners in Naturopathy
Executive Officer: Candace Ito
DCCA-PVL, Attn: NAT
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-2704(808) 586-2704
Email: naturopathy@dcca.hawaii.gov
hawaii.gov

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
235 S. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66603-3068
Phone: (785) 296-7413(785) 296-7413
Toll Free: (888) 886-7205(888) 886-7205
Fax: (785) 296-0852
www.ksbha.org

Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers
Contact: Geraldine Betts
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
Phone: (207) 624-8689(207) 624-8689
Email: comphealth.board@maine.gov
maine.gov

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Naturopathic Advisory Council
Chair: Helen Healy, ND
University Park Plaza
2829 University Avenue, S.E., Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3246 
Phone: (612) 617-2130(612) 617-2130
www.state.mn.us

Montana Alternative Health Care Board
301 S. Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2394(406) 841-2394
Email: dlibsdahc@mt.gov
www.mt.gov

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Licensing & Regulative Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3857
Phone: (603) 271-9254(603) 271-9254
Toll-Free:(800) 852-3345(800) 852-3345, ext. 9254
www.dhhs.nh.gov

Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0193(971) 673-0193
Email: obne.info@state.or.us
www.oregon.gov/OBNE

Utah Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Board
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (80) 530-6628
www.dopl.utah.gov

Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation Naturopathic Physicians Advisors
Contact: Kristy Kemp
National Life Building
North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
Phone: (802) 828-2373(802) 828-2373
vtprofessionals.org

Washington State Department of Health Naturopathy Program
Health Professions Quality Assurance
PO Box 47865
Olympia, WA 98504-7865
Phone: (360) 236-4700(360) 236-4700
Fax: (360) 236-4818
www.doh.wa.gov

Puerto Rico Junta Examiadora de Doctores en Naturopathia
Oficina de Regiamentacion y Certification Para Profesionales de  La Salud
Secretary: Myrian Plaza
Call Box 10200
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909-0200

Canadian Provincial Licensing Organizations
College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta
P.O. Box 21142
665-8th St. S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 4H5
Phone: (403) 266-2446(403) 266-2446
www.cnda.net

Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy
112 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1K9
Phone: (416) 866-8383(416) 866-8383
Fax: (416) 866-2175
Email: office@bddtn.ca
www.BoardofNaturopathicMedicine.on.ca

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia
1698 West 6th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3
Phone: (604) 688-8236(604) 688-8236 
Email: office@cnpbc.bc.ca
www.cnpbc.bc.ca

Manitoba Naturopathic Association
Box 2339 Station Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6
Phone: (204) 947-0381(204) 947-0381
Email: info@mbnd.ca
www.mbnd.ca
 
Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
2120 College Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 1C5
Phone: (306) 522-0095(306) 522-0095
Fax: (306) 352-3841
Email: registrar@sanp.ca
www.sanp.ca