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Marriage and Family Therapist - Examination

Application Checklist

Requirements: Detailed

Temporary Permits

Repeat Application Instructions

Additional Applicant Information

LMFT - Frequently Asked Questions

Application Checklist

    This section is to be used by the applicant to ensure all requirements have been requested and/or submitted.  Please see the Requirements: Detailed section for more information.

    —— Completed Application

    —— Additional Forms

    —— Application fee of $50.00

    —— Name Change Documentation

    —— Positive Response Documentation

    —— Criminal Background Check Required

    —— Official Transcripts

    —— Verification of Licensure

Requirements: Detailed

  • Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
  • Additional Forms: The forms in this section will be found in the paper application and are required for LMFT applicants.  More information on the requirements for these forms can be found in the Additional Applicant Information section.
    • Forms I and II: Verification of Experience and Verification of Supervision forms must be submitted to the Board directly from the entity completing the information and are not acceptable if submitted to the Board by the applicants.
    • Form III and Form III-B: Form III is to be completed by the applicant and submitted to the board with your application or by upload, email, or mail.  If emailing or mailing, be sure to include your name on the document. Form III-B is informational and does not need to be submitted to the Board.
    • Form P-1: The practicum form is to be completed using the instructions at the top the form.  It must be submitted to the Board directly from the entity completing the information and is not acceptable if submitted to the Board by the applicants.  LMFT applicants that already have submitted these forms for their LMFTA applications may not need to re-submit these forms.
  • Application fee of $50.00:  Make checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
  • Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  You may upload, email, or mail the documentation for processing.
  • Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s).  You may upload, email, or mail the documentation for processing.
  • Criminal Background Check Required:  An individual applying for a license shall submit to a national criminal history background check at the cost of the individual.  Please see the step-by-step directions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your criminal background check by visiting www.in.gov/pla/3241.htm.
    • Criminal background checks must be obtained after you apply for your license with the Board and prior to the issuance of a license.
    • A criminal background check completed prior to the submission of your application for licensure will not be considered valid.
  • Official Transcripts:  Applicants must submit official transcripts from each school listed on Form III, sent directly to the board from the college or university.  The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred. Educational requirements that must be confirmed for all applicants are detailed under IC 25-23.6-8-2.5.
    • NOTE: Transcripts must be original, official transcripts sent directly to the Board from the university. Copies of transcripts, transcripts issued to applicants, or incomplete (not yet showing your degree has been granted) transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Verification of Licensure: Verification of any registration/license/certification to practice any health-related profession or occupation in another state or territory.  Verifications must be submitted directly from the state of issuance.  You may find the verification form here.
    • The top portion of this form should be completed by the applicant and sent to the appropriate state licensing board for their submission to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The form may be duplicated if necessary. Other jurisdictions may charge a fee to verify licensure. You may wish to contact the state boards prior to your request for verification. You do not need to complete this form if you only hold licensure or certification in the State of Indiana.

Temporary Permits

The Board may issue a temporary permit to practice as a LMFTA or LMFT to an applicant applying to take the examination who submits the following:

  • A completed application for full licensure of the same type including all supporting documentation.
  • An additional fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the temporary permit.

Applicants for the LMFT examination are limited to only one permit.   Applicants will be granted a temporary permit for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days once they are approved for the examination.  However, upon failing to successfully pass the examination, the permit will expire on the date their application is denied.

Repeat Examination Application Instructions

This checklist is for applicants that have been approved by Indiana to take the examination, unsuccessfully taken the examination, and wish to try again.  The list below is shorter than the first application instructions because the Board has the previously approved application (with the remaining documents required by statutes and rules) on file.  Please see the Requirements: Detailed section for more information..

——Completed Application – Use paper repeat application

——Application fee of $50.00

——Positive Response Documentation

——Criminal Background Check Required

    Applicants who have failed the examination and who wish to retake the examination, must submit a Repeat Examination Application, fees and other requirements as determined by the Board. A second temporary permit will not be issued. Repeat examination candidates must wait a period of ninety (90) days from the date of the failed examination before being approved to retake the examination. An applicant who has failed the examination three (3) times shall personally appear before the Board at the next available meeting prior to retaking the examination.  You cannot be reissued a temporary permit.

    Examination Approval - Once your application to retake the licensure examination has been approved, information will be emailed to each individual explaining the registration process for the examination. It is your responsibility to register for the correct examination and complete the examination. An applicant who has been approved by the Board to retake the examination must take the examination within one (1) year from the date of the Board’s approval. If the applicant has not taken the examination within one (1) year from the date of the Board’s approval, the approval will be invalid and the applicant must submit a new repeat examination application with the required documentation. No extensions will be granted.

Additional Applicant Information

  • Education: Applicants for a family therapist license must have received a master’s or doctor’s degree in an area of marriage and family therapy, or in a related area as determined by the board, from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board.  Detailed educational requirements may be found in IC 25-23.6-8-2.5.
  • Practicum and Internship: Applicants must complete at least one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a marriage and family counseling setting, which must include a minimum of five hundred (500) face to face client contact hours of marriage and family therapy services under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist who has at least five (5) years of experience or a qualified supervisor approved by the board with at least one hundred (100) hours of supervision from a licensed marriage and family therapist who has at least five (5) years experience as a qualified supervisor.

    This requirement may be met by a supervised practice experience that took place away from an institution of higher education but that is certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary educational institution as being equivalent to a graduate level practicum or internship program at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Education, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, or the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Note: Applicants that have not previously applied for and obtained an Indiana LMFTA license will be required to verify this information to the board on Form P.