Requirements for Licensure

Amended July 1, 2014

The North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners’ Law and Administrative Rules that govern the practice of addiction counseling in the state of North Dakota can be found on the board’s web site at

In order to apply for licensure, you will need to complete the Application for Licensure form and return it to the NDBACE office. The time frame for application review may be up to 3 months as some applications must be reviewed by the full board at one of its quarterly meetings. (see Calendar page for upcoming meeting dates).All forms and associated fees can be submitted online at Additional items will be required with application. For more information, go to the application form for which you are applying. All forms can be located on the homepage.

If you have practiced or been licensed in another jurisdiction other than North Dakota, you must indicate this on the application and contact the appropriate jurisdiction to complete a verification form and forward it to the NDBACE, in addition to the items listed above. A license from another state cannot simply “transfer” to a North Dakota license. The board must receive verifications in order to process your application.

It is your responsibility to properly complete the forms and send them to the NDBACE office at the address listed above. If you do not complete the application in full, it will be returned to you along with your application fee, and it will not be processed until it is complete. If you need any help or have any questions during the application process, please call the NDBACE office at (701) 255-1439.

NOTE:  It is against the law to work as an addiction counselor until you are licensed in North Dakota.