What is Licensure?
Licensure is the granting of a license (or a permission for someone
to do something). For example, the granting of a license to a physical
therapist allows them to legally practice physical therapy in Illinois.
Why are PTs and PTAs licensed in Illinois?
Health professions, including physical therapy, require licensure in
Illinois. Physical therapists became regulated between 1951 and 1952.
The intent of licensure of PTs and PTAs in Illinois is intended to
protect the public by assuring a minimum level of competence.
In Illinois, individuals who want to be licensed as a physical
therapist or physical therapist assistant do so by completing
specialized education and passing an examination, or by having their
credentials accepted from another state where they have already been
Who is responsible for licensing PTs and PTAs in Illinois?
The State of Illinois, through the Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Division of Professional Regulation
(DPR) is responsible for issuing licenses and disciplining licensees.
What is the Licensing and Disciplinary Board?
The Board is made up of seven members appointed by the Director of
the state's Professional Regulation Division. The Board consists of six
actively practicing physical therapists and one public member. The Board
is charged with providing expert knowledge and advice on disciplinary
matters and professional performance and conduct.
For a list of the current members of the Licensing and Disciplinary Board, please see http://www.idfpr.com/.
What is the difference between IDFPR and the IPTA?
The IDFPR is a state (governmental) agency. Anyone
can obtain information on licensure and disciplinary actions through
the IDFPR. The IDFPR's function is to serve to protect the public by
issuing licenses. Click here for the Division's General Information publication.
The IPTA is a professional association.
It is a non-profit organization comprised of physical therapists and
physical therapist assistants in Illinois who pay dues to belong to the
Association as Members. The IPTA is a state chapter of the American
Physical Therapy Association. (APTA). The IPTA provides its personalized
services and benefits to those individuals who are current members of
the Association. While the IPTA provides general information about
licensure to its members as a benefit of membership, the IPTA does not
issue licenses, verify licensure nor answer questions about the pending
status of licenses. The IDFPR is the only agency that performs these
How do I contact IDFPR?
The website for IDFPR is: http://www.idfpr.com/
The mailing addresses of IDFPR are:
320 West Washington St
Springfield, IL 62786
James R. Thompson Ctr
100 W. Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
The telephone numbers for IDPFR are:
How do I find out if a PT or PTA is licensed?
Interested individuals can look up licenses for PTs and PTAs at the IDFPR website.