PT Compact

Status: The proposed PT Compact Licensure regulation was published in the October 2020 issue of the Maryland Register regarding the Compact fee. The next step is a final signature from the Secretary of Health and a final publishing in the Maryland Register. We are pushing for an early 2021 start date. We will keep this page and our members updated on the latest news.

History: APTAMD introduced legislation for the PT Compact in January 2019. It passed during that session but has taken time for regulatory changes and signature. APTAMD has continued to advocate for the finalization of the regulations throughout this time. 
 

The Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact

The Physical Therapy Compact is an interstate agreement between member states to provide a state-developed collaborative structure to protect the public by increasing consumer access to physical therapy services by reducing regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross-state practice.

PT and PTA licensees who meet all eligibility requirements can purchase a compact privilege in a Compact member state and, in most cases, start practicing physical therapy in the other state almost immediately. 

Do I need a separate Compact Privilege for each state in which I want to provide physical therapy services? Yes. You will need to have a Compact Privilege in each state in which you want to provide physical therapy services. You may have a Compact Privilege or a license to work legally in a member state. You need to hold a license to practice/work in non member states. It is not a multi-state license.


What states are members of the PT Compact?

The interactive state map lists the current PT Compact member states and other states proposing to join the PT Compact

How much does a compact privilege cost?

The fee to purchase Compact Privilege varies from state to state. There is a $45 Commission fee and an optional state fee charged for each Compact Privilege. A list of state fees is available here.

What are the Frequently Asked Questions?

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions and examples of common scenarios here.

How can I purchase a compact privilege?

You can verify your eligibility and purchase compact privileges through an easy online process. Once jurisprudence requirements are met the process takes only a matter of minutes. A step-by-step walkthrough is available here or go directly to purchase compact privileges here.

What are the benefits of purchasing a compact privilege?
  • Faster – Online purchasing process takes a matter of minutes
  • Efficient – Eligibility is verified automatically, avoiding the need for paperwork
  • Inexpensive – Compact privileges typically cost less than regular remote state licenses
  • Easier – There are no additional continuing education requirements for compact privileges
Still not sure if the PT Compact is right for you?

For answers to other questions about the PT Compact visit Resources and Tools.

Last Updated January 5, 2021