In order to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) an applicant must demonstrate having met one of the categories of qualifying academic achievement.

A master’s degree or doctorate degree from a recognized educational institution as defined in 90-270.47(5) of North Carolina General Statutes in the field of marriage and family therapy or a related degree which is the equivalent in content and quality as defined by the statutes and rules of the Board.

Reciprocal Licensure - review the NC – Application for License
Required coursework - review the NC – Application for License
Experience/Supervision-  review the NC Application for License
Official transcripts - can be issued directly to the applicant as long as they are still sealed from the registrar and are issued on security/tamper proof paper. Copies and Electronic transcripts are not accepted. The Board reserves the right to further verify the authenticity of a transcript submitted with an application.

After successfully completing the academic requirements (qualifying degree, minimum of a master’s, encompassing the coursework as outlined on the Application – NC MFT License), passing the National MFT Examination, and completing the required experience and supervision requirements (1500 clinical and 200 supervision hours) under approved supervision, defined as supervision under the direction of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a person may apply for LMFT. The application fee is $200. The fee for applying for LMFT if you are already a NC LMFTA is $100. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. If an application is returned to the applicant a second time as incomplete, the Board may impose an additional processing fee. No action, processing or approval of your application will take place until all three requirements (academic, experience and passing the examination) have been demonstrated and accepted. If you have not passed the National MFT Examination, refer to the National MFT Examination application and apply to take the exam. Passing the examination does not authorize you to practice MFT or use the title of LMFT in NC until the Board has approved your full application for licensure.

Reciprocity: North Carolina does not have automatic reciprocity with any other state or jurisdiction. If you are requesting that the NC board consider you for licensure based on licensure as an MFT in another jurisdiction you may be eligible IF you have been a licensed MFT in good standing for the five previous, continuous years (in a state recognized by the Board as having equivalent academic and experience requirements) prior to submitting the NC – Application for License and upon receiving required documentation that you have passed the National MFT examination. If you have not met this requirement, you should apply to take the National MFT Examination and then for either LMFTA (if your supervision was not under an AAMFT Approved Supervisor) or LMFT. If you have met the requirements with the exception of passing the National MFT Examination, refer to the National MFT Examination application and first apply to take the exam. Once you have passed the National MFT exam, you should then submit your application for licensure via reciprocity if you have been a licensed MFT for the five, previous, continuous years as noted above.

The application fee is for evaluation of credentials and is non-refundable. Submitting an application and remitting the fee does not guarantee approval. Applicants must meet the requirements for licensure. Application files remain open for a period of two years from date of first activity. If an applicant needs to submit additional information to supplement the original application, they may do so during this two year period without incurring additional fees.

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