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The Washington State Department of Health requires that only the applicant or licensee may complete an attestation for an application, or for continuing education. This is a legal attestation. Completion of the attestation by anyone other than the applicant may constitute a reportable felony offense. The Department of Health can take action against people for perjury or for making a false statement they know to be false.

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Washington State law authorizes the Department of Health to obtain fingerprint-based background checks for licensing purposes. This check may be through the Washington State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We may require this if you have lived in another state or if you have a criminal record in Washington State. This would be at your own expense.

You must pay the application fee at the time you apply. You may use a credit or debit card with a VISA or MasterCard logo, or pay by ACH/E-Check. Please make sure your address on the payment information screen matches the address your financial institution has on file for you. This fee is non-refundable. There is a convenience fee to apply online.

If we need additional documentation, we'll notify you by email.

There are additional items you may need, in addition to your application:

If you have questions, contact our Customer Service staff members at 360-236-4700.

Getting started

Online Application Instructions

See the online application video.

Online application instructions are on our website. Online applications are accessed through SecureAccess Washington (SAW) security portal. You'll need to add the Department of Health Online Application Portal service to access the online applications. The first time you add the service, you'll be prompted to answer several questions to verify your identity. The questions will match the name and address you provide with the existing public record information. Because the questions come from public record, you need to provide a complete address and your full legal name as it appears on your driver's license or birth certificate. You may find you have to enter a former address, especially if your address has changed recently (within the past one or two years) to get the right questions that pertain to your identity. If don't have sufficient information in the public record to verify your identity and aren't currently credentialed by the Department of Health, then you'll need to submit a paper application, as you won't be able to access the Online Application Portal.

Once you have completed the process you will receive an email with your pending credential number, or you may look on Provider Credential Search. Refer to this credential number any time you contact Department of Health or submit paperwork.

Apply on paper

The following forms are required for completing the application process. Please download and print forms.

Fee Schedule

See fee information below
Non-Refundable Fee Type Fee Amount

Original application

  • State jurisprudence examination ($100)
  • Initial state license ($270)
  • UW online access fee ($16)
$386*
License renewal
  • Renewal ($440)
  • UW online access fee ($16)
$456*
Late license renewal (expired less than one year)
  • Renewal ($440)
  • Late renewal penalty ($220)
  • UW online access fee ($16)
$676*
Expired reissuance (expired longer than one year)
  • Renewal ($440)
  • Late renewal penalty ($220)
  • Expired license reissuance ($65)
  • UW online access fee ($16)
$741*
Duplicate license $10
Verification of license $25
Jurisprudence examination (initial/retake) $100

* Includes the fee to access the University of Washington (UW) HEAL-WA website.

WAC 246-12-340 – Refund of fees

Fees submitted with applications for initial credentialing, examinations, renewal and other fees associated with the licensing and regulation of the profession are nonrefundable.

Licensing Requirements

See licensing requirements below

Approved naturopathic medical schools

  • Bastyr University
    • Kenmore, Washington Campus
    • San Diego, California Campus
  • Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, British Columbia
  • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Ontario
  • National University of Natural Medicine, Oregon (formerly National College of Natural Medicine; National College of Naturopathic Medicine)
  • National University of Health Sciences, Illinois
  • Southwest College of Natural Medicine and Health Sciences, Arizona
  • University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine, Connecticut

State license verification

Applicants must list all states where they do or did hold credentials. This list must also include when the applicant has applied for a credential, even if a credential was not granted. The jurisdiction where the applicant is or was credentialed must complete and submit the verification form (PDF). The jurisdiction must send the completed form directly to the department.

Personal data questions

Each applicant must answer all personal data questions. If there is a positive answer to any of the questions, the applicant must send an explanation and official documentation (if applicable). With regard to the professional liability claims history question, the applicant must send an explanation of the nature of the case, data and summary of care given, copies of the original complaint, and the settlement or final disposition. If pending, applicant must indicate status.

Additional information/documents required

  • Applicants must successfully pass the basic science, clinical science, and minor surgery add-on examinations in the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).
  • Applicants must obtain a score of 75 or above on the Washington state jurisprudence examination.

Process for approving/denying applications

We finish final review for approval after a credentialing specialist verifies that the application is fully complete, and complies with requirements in chapter 18.36A RCW and chapter 246-836 WAC. We complete background checks and make sure applicants have submitted required fees. Credentialing supervisors and lead workers have the authority to approve routine applications. The disciplining authority may conduct further review if the credentialing supervisor can't verify the applicant meets all requirements. We'll formally notify applicants of a denial. Those applicants may request a hearing to appeal the decision.

Renewal requirements

Naturopathic physicians must renew their license every year. Credentials expire on the licensee's birthday and may be renewed within the 90 days before the expiration date.

Continuing education requirements

Effective January 1, 2021, naturopathic physicians are required to complete 60 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years, due at the time of license renewal on their birthday. Beginning January 1, 2017, all newly licensed naturopathic physicians must complete a one-time six-hour course on suicide prevention. This course must be completed by the second CE cycle due date after being issued their first license. Approved courses are on the department's Suicide Prevention Training for Health Professionals webpage.