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Acupuncture Practice Act
Montana Code Annotated
Title 37, Chapter 13   

This link will take you to the Table of Contents for the complete Acupuncture Practice Act.  Here are all the legal definitions, requirements, rights and responsibilities of a practicing acupuncturist in Montana

FAQs from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry website

1. How do I apply for an acupuncturist license? 
Begin by downloading an application from the BOME website. Use either the “License Info” or the “Forms” tabs to find it. The form will include information on documentation you will need to submit to the Board.
The licensing requirements for acupuncturists are outlined in Montana statutes, beginning at MCA 37-13-301of the Montana Code Annotated.
Administrative rules for acupuncturist license applications begin at ARM 24.156.1401. To search for rules, visit

2. What are the qualifications for receiving an acupuncturist license in Montana?
To receive a Montana acupuncturist license, you must:

· Be a graduate of an acupuncture school that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
· Be at least 18 years of age.
· Pass the NCCAOM exam and the council of Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exam in clean needle technique.

NOTE: As of May 2012, the Board no longer requires character references for any of its applicants.

3. What does the Board require besides a completed application form?

· Certified Transcripts of Acupuncture Education
· Clean Needle exam results from the Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
· Exam results provided by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
· Birth Certificate or Driver’s License
· A recent photograph signed by the applicant and dated as to when it was taken
· Recent National Practitioner Data Bank Self-Query (unopened)
· Current Verification of all State Licenses (if any) currently held
· Copy of DD214 military discharge, if applicable.
· Application Fee

NOTE: All documents not written in English must be accompanied by certified translations.

4. How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee for an acupuncturist license is $65.00

5What’s involved in the application review process?
The process of reviewing a license application begins when the main application is received. 
You will be notified when the application arrives and advised if any elements are missing.

6. “Routine” and “Non-Routine” Applications: What’s the difference?
During the review process, applications fall into two categories: “routine” and “non-routine.”
A “routine” license application is one in which BOME staff find no items of concern. 
A “non-routine” application—in which an applicant discloses past disciplinary issues, criminal justice issues, civil proceedings or other items of concern— may take additional time to be declared “complete,” depending on how much additional information the applicant must submit and how quickly that information is delivered once it’s requested. 
Once a “non-routine” application is declared “complete,” it is forwarded to the full Board for review at a regular scheduled public meeting. Those meetings occur every two months, which can mean a more lengthy delay for the applicant.