Renewal Guidelines:  Renewal Rules and Regulations



For Renewal of License


The procedure and requirements for renewal of a license is as follows:


(1)    The license shall be renewed every two years on July 1. Failure to receive notification during this period does not relieve the licensee of the responsibility of meeting the continuing education requirements and renewal of his or her license.


(2)    An applicant for license renewal shall acknowledge on the form prepared by the Board that the licensee has completed the required continuing education units, the number of units completed of the programs completed. The licensee shall retain such receipts, vouchers, or certificates as may be necessary to document completion of the continuing education units required. Keep your original CEU certificates and attach copies of the certificates to your renewal application.


      Below you will find the forms to renew your license. As a courtesy, the Board will send you a reminder via email at least 60 days prior to your renewal date. Please be sure to update the NCALB on any address changes or email address changes. Failure to receive notification during this period does not relieve the licensee of the responsibility of meeting the continuing education requirements and renewal of his or her license.


      Within these forms are the rules and regulations which govern renewal of licenses in NC. There you will find the breakdown of the 40 hours needed to renew. Please keep in mind that all courses should be approved by one of the listed organizations in the rules and regulations.



Information on Expired & Inactive Licenses


Expired License – A license that has expired as a result of failure to renew may be renewed no later than two years after its expiration. The date of renewal shall be the date the Board acts to approve the renewal.


To apply for reinstatement of an expired license, the applicant shall:


(1) File a Reinstatement application provided by the Board (see Licensure and Renewals Applications page).

(2) Submit proof of completion of all continuing education requirements.

(3) Pay a renewal fee of $300, along with an additional late fee of $200 for a total of $500 via check made payable to the NCALB.



Inactive License – A licensed acupuncturist who is not actively engaged in the practice of acupuncture in this State and who does not wish to renew the license may direct the Board to place the license on inactive status. This request must be made in writing.


A license may remain on inactive status for a period not to exceed eight years from the date the license was placed on inactive status. Upon an applicant's proof of completion of 40 hours of Board-approved continuing education units, payment of all fees, a determination by the Board that the applicant is not engaged in any prohibited activities that would constitute the basis for discipline as set forth in G.S. 90-456, and has not engaged in any of those prohibited activities during the period of time the license has been on inactive status, the Board may activate the license of the applicant.


Lapsed License – A license that has lapsed as a result of not being renewed within two years after the license expired or not reactivated within eight years after the license lapsed is deemed inactive. A lapsed license may not be renewed, reactivated, or reinstated. A person with a lapsed license must apply as a new applicant to obtain a license.



Information on Extensions


According to NC General Statute Chapter 90-457.1. Continuing Education:


(f) A licensee may apply to the Board for an extension of time to complete the portion of continuing education requirements that the licensee is unable to meet due to such unforeseeable events as military duty, family emergency, or prolonged illness. The Board may, at its discretion, grant an extension for a maximum of one licensing period. The Board shall receive the request no later than 30 days before the license renewal date. The applicant shall attest that the request is a complete and accurate statement, and the request shall contain the following:


(1) An explanation of the licensee's failure to complete the continuing education requirements.

(2) A list of continuing education courses and hours that the licensee has completed.

(3) The licensee's plan for satisfying the continuing education requirements.




If you do not meet these guidelines and cannot complete your CEU requirement by July 1, your licensure will expire and you must stop practicing.  When you have completed your CEU requirement you must apply for a reinstatement of licensure using the REINSTATEMENT APPLICATION and in addition to the $300 renewal fee, a $200 late renewal fee is paid.



For pre-approval of CEU teaching credits


PLEASE NOTE:  For applicants applying for pre-approval of teaching hours, use the "CEU Provider Pre-Approval Forms" and submit the following, in accordance with 21 NCAC 01.0301(c)(2):


      A maximum of 15 CEUs may be obtained from teaching acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.  All CEUs for teaching shall be approved by the Board prior to the date of the class and awarded for actual classroom hours taught pursuant to this Rule.  For approval the licensee shall submit the following information:


(A)       Title of the course;

(B)       Summary of course content or class syllabus;

(C)       Location of the class;

(D)       Dates of the class;

(E)       Number of classroom hours taught; and

(F)       Copy of course evaluation to be provided students.




CEU Provider Pre-Approval Forms