California Occupational License

License Title:
    Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), License
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Board of Behavioral Sciences

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-200
Sacramento,  CA  95834

     Phone Number: (916) 574-7830
     Fax Number: (916) 574-8626

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Private practitioners in counseling.

Fees: Initial Application and Examination Eligibility: $200
Initial License (Max): $130
California Law & Ethics Exam: Taken as an IMF Registrant, $100
LMFT Clinical Exam: $100; Re-Examination: $100.

Examination Frequency: - Continuous Administration.

Exam Locations: Multiple.

Experience Requirement: Doctor’s or Master’s degree containing specific course content and completion of specific coursework or training, 3000 hours experience under direct supervision of authorized supervisor.

Average Time to Process Application: Allow 120 days.

Renewal Period: Every 2 years.

Special License Requirements: Completion of courses in California law and professional ethics, completion of courses in child abuse assessment and reporting, human sexuality, chemical substance dependency, spousal or partner abuse; fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation; take and pass examinations.

Authority: California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 18, Section 1800, et seq. Business and Professions Code, Chapter 13, Division 2, Section 4980 et seq.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Marriage and Family Therapists 211013