Licensure Date: 1922 (by voters initiative)

Directory page last updated 2/4/2019

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. 
Robert Puleo, Executive Officer ​Jason Hurtado, Board Attorney
For Information Contact:
901 P Street, Ste 142A
Sacramento, CA 95814

Web address: www.chiro.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 263-5355 (reception/switchboard)
Fax: (916) 327-0039
(Do not use FAX for applications)

Time Zone: Pacific
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; M-F
Exam Dates: The California Chiropractic Law Examination (CCLE) is offered
on a continuous basis and is the final step in the licensing process.
Application/ Transcript Deadline: Accepted continuously
Criminal background check: Yes
Fingerprinting: Yes
Fingerprint processing cost: Varies
Application fee: $371
Term: Annual, last day of birth month
Initial license fee: $186
License Renewal fee: $313
Preceptor/Intern/Extern Program: Students in preceptor program may obtain clinical experience under supervision of a licensed D.C. No temporary license exists for graduated D.C.s not yet licensed in California.  
Require supervised practice prior to full licensure: Contact Board License(s) Required for Practice: Chiropractic
Optional Certification: n/a 
Requirements: 24 hours per year; 6 hours mandatory coursework (2 hours must be
completed in Ethics & Law; 4 hours must be completed in any one of, or combination
of the following subject categories: History Taking and Physical Examination Procedures;
OR Chiropractic Adjustive Techniques; OR Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques; OR
Ethical Billing & Coding.) The remaining 18 hours may be taken in any of the categories
listed in CCR Section 361.
Distance Credits Allowed: 12 hours 
Program Criteria: Board approves both sponsor and program. Refer to California Chiropractic
Code of Regulations ─ Sections 361 (CE Requirements), 363 (Approval of CE Courses) and 364
(Exemptions and Reduction of Requirement) for details.

Requires sexual boundaries training: No
Requires AIDS awareness/risk prevention training: No
Other specific CE training required: No

CONDITIONS FOR RECIPROCITY/ENDORSEMENT: Meet same educational requirements and have been examined in all same areas at time of original licensure. State must certify in writing that they agree to reciprocate, provide exam scores, and verify if any disciplinary action had been taken against the license. Licensee must have practiced for at least 5 years, and license must be active, current and valid.
EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTERED BY STATE: CCLE (Supervisors and Operators X-ray permit: Offered through Dept. of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch.)



(note: In addition to NBCE scores, applicant must take and pass the California Chiropractic Law Examination)
Part I: Required
Part II: Required
Part III (WCCE): Required
Part IV: Required
Physiotherapy: Required
Acupuncture: Not Accepted
Initial Licensure (New): not accepted
Restoration Lapsed License: Can now use
Disciplinary Cases: Can use now
Impairment Review: Can use now



PHYSIOTHERAPY: Term Physiotherapy is within the Scope of Practice
Certification: No additional certification required; California Code of Regulations
Section 302 allows chiropractors to practice during the course of chiropractic treatment. 
Current law allows physiotherapy to be fulfilled at a board-approved chiropractic college
subsequent to graduation
Additional Education: Minimum 120 hours and 30 patient office visits performed by the student on their own clinic patients.
Additional Examination: Must take National physiotherapy exam
Additional Fee: None
Minimum examinations (prior to graduation): 25 physical examinations of which at least 10 are outside (not student) patients, 25 urinalyses, 20 complete blood count (CBC), 10 blood chemistries, 30 X-ray examinations. 10 proctological and 10 gynecological examinations. Perform a minimum of 250 patient treatments (visits), written interpretation of at least 30 different X-ray views and 518 hours of practical clinical experience (treating patients in the clinic).
Gynecological and proctological exams may be taken after graduation at a Board-approved college.
Min. # years pre-professional education required for licensure: Chiropractic college certifies pre-chiropractic hours are met based on CCE's standards. Plus 4,400 chiropractic hours. No requirement for a 4-year degree planned at this time.
Accreditation for Chiropractic Programs/Institutions: Approved by a USDE-approved accrediting agency and approved by the CA Board. In addition, the school’s curriculum must meet statutory requirements. Board approves CCE-accredited colleges individually.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATES OF FOREIGN COLLEGES: Contact board for specific information. Board approves the following foreign college: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. 
SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE: (California Chiropractic Code of Regulations Section 302)
Practice chiropractic as taught in chiropractic colleges, without drugs or surgery. For a complete copy of the law, refer to the Board’s website at www.chiro.ca.gov
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 only
Peer Review: No
Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistants: No current or planned statute
Board handles both licensing and disciplinary functions.
Sergio Azzolino, D.C., Chair, Exp. 2/2020
Dionne McClain D.C., Vice Chair, Exp.2/2022
Frank Ruffino, Public Member, Secretary, Exp. 11/2020
Corey Lichtman, D.C., Exp. 2/2019
Heather Dehn, D.C., Exp. 2/2020
David Paris, D.C., Exp. 2/2022

Note: Please send all correspondence through the Board office.

STATISTICAL INFORMATION: Total # of Licensees as of 1/2019:12,957


# of Active licenses: 12,957
# of Inactive licenses: 1,419

# of Other Status: 1,310 (Deceased) 
(Ex: retired/deceased/terminated/emeritus...)        
# of New licensees: 315
# of Resident licensees: 12,011
# of Non-Resident licensees: 946
# of Chiropractic Assistants:  N/A