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(1) An applicant for an acupuncture license shall submit an application on a form prescribed by the department. The application must be complete and accompanied by the appropriate fees and the following information and/or documentation:

(a) applicant's current original unopened National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query report;

(b) applicant's official transcript from a school accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine;

(c) three written character references, two of which are licensed acupuncturists;

(d) applicant's clean needle and examination results provided by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine;

(e) recent photograph of the applicant which has been signed by the applicant and dated as to when taken;

(f) copy of birth certificate or driver's license; and

(g) copy of DD214 military discharge, if applicable.

(2) Applicants licensed in another state or jurisdiction shall cause all states and jurisdictions in which the applicant holds or has ever held a license to submit a current verification of licensure directly to the board on behalf of the applicant.

(3) Applicants whose applications are received, processed, and determined to be incomplete will be sent a letter from the board office specifying the deficiencies which may include, but not be limited to, appropriate fees, verifications, character references, and any other supplemental information the board or its designee deems appropriate. An incomplete application will be held for a period of one year at which time the application will be treated as an expired application and all fees will be forfeited. The applicant may correct any deficiencies and submit missing or additionally requested information or documentation necessary to complete the application within one year from the date the initial application is received in the board office.

(4) The applicant may voluntarily withdraw the application prior to the one-year deadline set forth in (3) by submitting a request for withdrawal in writing to the board office. All application fees submitted will be forfeited.

(5) After withdrawal of an application, the applicant will be required to submit a new application, including supporting documentation and appropriate fees, to begin the licensing and verification process again.

(6) Completed applications shall be reviewed by the board or its designee, which may request such additional information or clarification of information provided in the application as deemed reasonably necessary.

History: 37-13-201, MCA; IMP, 37-13-302, MCA; NEW, Eff. 12/5/74; AMD, Eff. 5/5/75; AMD, Eff. 6/4/77; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic., Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 1700, Eff. 8/31/90; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 2197, Eff. 12/2/97; TRANS, from Commerce, 2001 MAR p. 1471; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 404, Eff. 2/24/12.

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