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Instructions & Application for Licensure

Please note that licensure for a dietitian in Indiana is not mandatory. It is a title protection for individuals who wish to use the title "Certified Dietitian," "Licensed Dietitian" or the credentials "C.D." or "L.D."  You may practice dietetics / nutrition therapy services without state licensure but cannot call yourself a "Certified Dietitian" or "Licensed Dietitian" unless you are licensed with this state. A dietitian registered by the commission on dietetic registration may use the title “registered dietitian” and the designation “R.D."

However, dietitians working in licensed health facilities may be required to be licensed by the Board.  Contact the Indiana State Department of Health for more information. 

Application Requirements

Completed Application - Application for Indiana Dietitian Certification.

Application Fee - Submit the application and the documentation mentioned above, along with a check or money order in the amount of twenty dollars $20.00 made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.


Effective immediately: Due to statutory requirements regarding processing times for application fees, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency will no longer accept more than ten (10) fees per individual check for the application or renewal of a dietitian license with the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana.  

If a check is received with more than ten (10) fees per check, it may result in the return of your check along with the applications or renewals to your program for correction.  Further delays in processing time, as a result of more than ten (10) fees per check, may also lead to potential late fees. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to issue licenses as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please email pla3@pla.in.gov.

Affidavit - Answer truthfully the yes and no questions on the application. Attach information explaining any "yes" answer in its entirety.  Your response must be a signed and notarized.

Photograph - Include two (2) photographs, approximately 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, head and shoulders view, black and white or color, of professional quality.

Official Transcript - Submit official transcripts from your college and/or university from where you received your degree. Please have your official transcripts forwarded directly from the school to our office.

Name Change - Official documentation indicating any legal name change, if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Acceptable documentation is a copy of your marriage license or divorce decree.

Pre-Professional Experience -

  1. If you are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), please enclose a copy of a current registration card that indicates the period of registration and expiration.

Criminal Background Check - Once your application is received and you have been notified you must complete your criminal background check. Please review the criminal background check process on our webpage.

Verification of Licensure - You must submit the Verification of Licensure Form to each state in which you hold or have held a license, certificate or registration in any regulated health profession. Please have any verification sent directly to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Examination - The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has contracted with the American College Testing Program (ACT) to administer the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The examination is computerized and currently given year round, Monday through Friday. If you have specific questions regarding the Registration Examination, you may call the Commission on Dietetic Registration at (312) 899-0040, extension #4857.


If you have questions concerning the certification process or the status of a certification application, please call (317) 234-2060 or e-mail pla3@pla.in.gov.