Licensure Date: 1923

Directory page last updated 3-2-2021


The Federation does not provide interpretation of the scope of practice laws or rules of any chiropractic licensing authority, nor can we provide specific details regarding licensing requirements.  The educational and testing requirements for each State or Province set forth in this Directory are intended as a general guide.  It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in becoming licensed in a particular State or Province contact the Board office or the Secretary of the respective board to secure current and complete details before matriculating in any school. 
For Information Contact:
Licensing Clerk, Board of Chiropractic Licensure
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Time Zone: Eastern
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Ron Guay, Board Assistant Attorney General
Receptionist: (207) 624-8603

E-mail Addresses:
Licensing: chiropractic.lic@maine.gov

Web address: www.maine.gov/professionallicensing
Criminal background check: Required
Fingerprinting: No
Require NPDB self queries: No
Application fee: none
Term: Annual, renew by 12/31
Initial license fee: $121
License Renewal fee: $100 annually
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Please see the following link. http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/chiropractors/forms.html
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: N/A 
License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: Chiropractic Acupuncture
Requirements: 48 hours per 2 year period - effective January 1, 2004, CE due on even years
Program Criteria: Conducted under postgraduate or similar division of chiropractic college with accreditation status with agency recognized by USDE, beneficial to chiropractic practice. Course content relates to chiropractic principles and practice, including diagnostic procedures, patient care and management. See Chapter 6 Board Rules for details.
Distance Credits Allowed: Up to 12 hours
Accepts uniform continuing education form:
No; form is available on the applications and forms page of the website and a fee is required per program
Other specific CE training required: Yes, chiropractic acupuncture certificate requires a minimum of 12 hours postgraduate chiropractic acupuncture training. Hours may be applied towards the required 48 hours that chiropractors must complete. 
Acupuncture Certification: Must complete a Board Approved 200-hour course, which shall include supervised chiropractic clinical acupuncture training; clean needle technique training and a written and practical verification of competency. Each applicant seeking to provide chiropractic acupuncture shall have obtain instruction in exposure control for blood-borne pathogens and must register as a biomedical waste generator with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. 

Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No


CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Must provide all of the requirements on the application form. Applicants must provide the standards for the applicants original licensure in a state where the applicant is currently licensed. Must obtain the laws and rules in that state.


Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required
Note: 75% passing score
Acupuncture: No information
SPEC: Reciprocity/Endorsement: Not planning to use
Reinstatement Lapsed License: Not planning to use
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Not planning to use


PHYSIOTHERAPY: Termed Physiological Therapeutics
Certification: Included in chiropractic license
Additional Education: No specific requirements
Additional Examination: Must pass National exam
Additional Fee: None
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Transcript from an accredited college or university certifying that the candidate has completed two years of pre-professional work, two subjects of which must be English and biology. No requirement for 4-year degree planned.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Council on Chiropractic Education, or agency with equal standards of accreditation recognized by the U.S.D.E. or Chiropractic Board.
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (Contact State for precise definition by state law)
"Chiropractic" means the art and science of identification and correction of subluxation and the accompanying physiological or mechanical abnormalities. The term subluxation, as utilized within the chiropractic health care system, means a structural or functional impairment of an intact articular unit. Chiropractic recognizes the inherent recuperative capability of the human body as it relates to the spinal column, musculoskeletal and nervous system. Doctors of Chiropractic are health care providers functioning within their scope of practice as provided by this chapter. Chiropractic methodologies utilized for the identification or correction of subluxation and the accompanying physiological or mechanical abnormalities include diagnostic, therapeutic, adjustive or manipulative techniques utilized within the chiropractic profession, excluding prescriptive medication or surgery. See new board rules for precise description of "Chiropractic Adjustive/Manipulative Technique".
Board regulates specialty council certification: No
Board permits or authorizes travel-to-treat requirements: No
Board permits or authorizes telemedicine practices: No
Licensees required to carry malpractice insurance: No
Additional legally accepted terms for chiropractor (in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic, D.C., Chiropractor, Chiropractic Doctor): Terms listed
Peer Review: Handled by state chiropractic association committee
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: Law requires training and passing exam before being certified by the state. $36 license fee.  
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Paul Morin, D.C, Chair
Robert Lynch, D.C.

Chandra Sasseville, D.C.
Joseph Kerwin, D.C.
Lorraine Brown, Public Member

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 12/18/2018: 


# of Active licenses: 645
# of Inactive licenses: 
# of Other Status:
(Ex: retired/deceased/

# of Acupuncture Authority:  36
# of Chiropractic Assistants:  134
# of Temporary Chiro Assistants: 69 

# of Chiropractors: 406
# of New Licensees: 
# of Resident licenses:
# of Non-Resident licenses:   
# of Chiropractic Assistants: