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  Licensed States & Licensing Authorities  
Currently, 15 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from a four-year, residential naturopathic medical school and pass and 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
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Minnesota*
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
*Effective July 2, 2009.

National Organizations

Federation of Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Authorities
344 SW 7th St Suite B
Newport, OR 97365-4915
Phone and Fax: (541) 265-6378
President: Craig Runbeck, NMD
Phone: (602) 542-8242
Treasurer: KE Edmisten, ND, Lac

The federation is an organization of members of state licensing boards.

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

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

California Licensing/Enforcement

Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine
1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-202
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 574-7991
Fax: (916) 574-8645

Connecticut Board of Naturopathic Examiners
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-7562
Contact: Latarsha Starling

Hawaii Board of Examiners in Naturopathy
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-2704
Executive Officer: Candace Ito

Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 624-8579
Contact: Linda Harris

Montana Alternative Health Care Board
301 S. Park
Helena, MT 59620-0573
Phone: (406) 841-2394
Contact: Cheryl Brandt

State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Board of Naturopathic Examiners
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-5127
Contact: Christine Topham

Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0193
Fax: (971) 673-0226
Executive Director: Anne Walsh
Federation Rep: KE Edmisten, ND, LAc
Phone and Fax: (541) 265-6378

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

Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation Naturopathic Physicians Advisors
26 Terrace Street, Drawer 9
Montpelier, VT 05609
Phone: (802) 828-2191
Contact: Nancy A. Morin

Washington State Department of Health Naturopathy Program
Department of Health
Health Professions Section 5 - Naturopathy Program
Mailing Address: PO Box 47869, Olympia WA 98504-7869
Physical Address: 310 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater WA 98501
Current: Susan Gragg, Program Manager, Naturopathic Medicine

Canadian Organizations

Canadian Provincial Licensing Boards

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)
2238 Pine Street
Vancouver, BC, V6J 5V4
Phone: (604) 688-8236
Fax: (604) 688-8476

Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
Box 1836 Unity
SK, S0K 4L0
Contact: Dr Julie Zepp-Rutledge
Phone: 306-545-3700

Manitoba Naturopathic Association
161 Stafford Street, #2
Winnipeg, MB, R3M 2W9
Phone: (204) 947-0381
Fax: (204) 452-7044

Ontario Board of Directors, Drugless Therapy/Naturopathy (BDDTN)
112 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1K9
Phone: (416) 866-8383
Fax: (416) 866-2175