Massage Therapist Temporary Permit for Recent Graduates


Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


A recent graduate of an approved massage therapy educational program may apply for a temporary permit which authorizes the holder to practice as a massage therapist under the supervision of a Connecticut licensed massage therapist, for a period not to exceed one hundred twenty calendar days after the date of completion of the required course of study in massage therapy. Such permit shall become void and shall not be reissued in the event that the permittee fails to pass the examination for licensure.


Please note that a temporary permit will not be granted until the applicant has submitted all documents required for licensure and has satisfied all eligibility requirements for licensure except successful completion of the examination.  




In order to be eligible for the temporary permit, an individual must:


Be an applicant for Connecticut massage therapist licensure;


Have graduated from a school of massage therapy offering a course of study of not less than five hundred (500) classroom hours with the instructor present, and at the time of the applicant’s graduation was (A) accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or by a state board of post-secondary technical trade and business schools; or (B) accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).  


Please note that on-line instruction is not acceptable towards meeting the 500 classroom hours.


Documentation Requirements


Individuals must arrange for submission of a the following documentation directly to the Department from the source:


A complete application and fee of $379.75.  This payment also covers the Department’s cost for querying the National Practitioner Data Bank.   Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online;


A completed application for temporary permit;  


Verification form sent directly from the educational institution documenting completion of a massage therapy course of study.


All supporting documentation should be sent to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Massage Therapist Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1982