PT and PTA licensees who meet all eligibility requirements can purchase a compact privilege in a Compact member state and, in most cases, start practicing physical therapy in the other state almost immediately. The PT Compact’s online system makes the process of purchasing and renewing a compact privilege in other states simple.


Who is eligible to purchase a Compact Privilege?

In order to purchase and maintain a compact privilege you must meet each of these requirements:

  • Hold a current, valid PT or PTA license in your home state of residence, which must be actively issuing compact privileges.
  • Your home state must be a member of the PT Compact.
  • You cannot have any active encumbrances or any disciplinary action against your license for a period of two years.
  • The state where you are seeking a compact privilege must be a member of the PT Compact and actively issuing compact privileges.
  • You must successfully complete the jurisprudence requirement for the state(s) you want a compact privilege in. ( Video - What jurisprudence requirements must be met to get a compact privilege?)
What states are members of the PT Compact?

The interactive state map lists the current PT Compact member states and other states proposing to join the PT Compact

How much does a compact privilege cost?

The fee to purchase Compact Privilege varies from state to state. There is a $45 Commission fee and an optional state fee charged for each Compact Privilege. A list of state fees is available here.

What are the Frequently Asked Questions?

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions and examples of common scenarios here.

What are the jurisprudence requirements for a compact privilege?

You must complete the jurisprudence requirements of each state you want to get a compact privilege in to be eligible. In most cases, the state jurisprudence exam must be completed and passed before compact privileges may be applied for. Adverse action may be taken if the jurisprudence requirement is not met. A list of the jurisprudence requirements for each state is available here. ( Video - What jurisprudence requirements must be met to get a compact privilege?)

How can I purchase a compact privilege?

You can verify your eligibility and purchase compact privileges through an easy online process. Once jurisprudence requirements are met the process takes only a matter of minutes. A step-by-step walkthrough is available here or go directly to purchase compact privileges here.

What are the benefits of purchasing a compact privilege?
  • Faster – Online purchasing process takes a matter of minutes
  • Efficient – Eligibility is verified automatically, avoiding the need for paperwork
  • Inexpensive – Compact privileges typically cost less than regular remote state licenses
  • Easier – There are no additional continuing education requirements for compact privileges
Still not sure if the PT Compact is right for you?

For answers to other questions about the PT Compact visit Resources and Tools.



The PT Compact offers physical therapists and physical therapist assistants a fast and effective way to start practicing in states across the U.S. Click now to purchase your privilege.