Licensure Statutes and Information by State

This map provides links to boards, statutes and rules, in addition to information about the type of nature of dietetics regulation in each state. For information about telehealth see Licensure and Telehealth.

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Updated March 2021

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No Licensure of Practice or Title
 
Practice Exclusivity
 
Licensure of Title Only or Certification of RDNs
 
Title Protection Without Formal State Regulation

Understanding the Legend

  • "Practice Exclusivity" means a license is required to practice MNT (or dietetics), subject to any exemptions shown in popups, as explained below.

  • "Licensure of Title Only or Certification of RDNs" means the state only licenses the title "licensed dietitian" (or a similar title) or provides an optional certification which may facilitate reimbursement or employment in certain facilities. In these states, a Board exists to implement the law, but no license is required to practice MNT or dietetics.

  • "Title Protection Without Formal State Regulation" means the state restricts use of the title to certain credentialed professionals, but no Board exists, and no license is required to use the title or to practice any aspect of dietetics.

Notes for Exceptions

  • "Licensure (or certification) by endorsement" — an accelerated pathway to licensure based on current, valid registration as an RDN with CDR. This could reduce the burden of paperwork burden when applying. However, completing the application, paying the fee and obtaining a license are still required to practice. If offered by the state, this is likely to be the easiest process to obtain a license.

  • "Licensure (or certification) by reciprocity" — an accelerated pathway to licensure based on current, valid licensure in another state (or DC). This could reduce the burden of paperwork burden when applying. However, completing the application, paying the fee and obtaining a license are still required to practice.

  • "Combined endorsement-reciprocity" — an accelerated pathway to licensure based on both current, valid CDR registration as an RDN AND current, valid licensure in another state (or DC).

  • Licensure waivers exempt the professional from licensure requirements, generally for a limited period.

  • "SSS" (substantially similar state) — a state with substantially similar/equivalent education, experience and exam requirements as the subject state; this stipulation applies in most reciprocity and waiver provisions.

  • Temporary or provisional licenses generally grant the right to practice without supervision based on completion of education and/or experience requirements (but not the exam) for a limited period, allowing additional opportunities to successfully complete the exam.

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