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PT & PTA Licensure in Illinois

Getting your license

What is a License?

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 licensed.

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

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 functions.

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.


updated 05.01.2020

How to contact IDFPR

The website for IDFPR is:

The mailing addresses of IDFPR are:

Springfield Office:
320 West Washington St
Springfield, IL 62786

Chicago Office:
James R. Thompson Ctr
100 W. Randolph St
Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601

The telephone numbers for IDPFR are:

Springfield Office:
(217) 785-0800
(217) 524-6735 TDD
(217) 782-7645 FAX

(312) 814-4500

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