Dietitian (LD)

Dietetics Application

The requirements for licensure as a dietitian in Ohio are described in Section 4759.06 to 4759.061 of the Ohio Revised Code, and include a description of the didactic education, pre-professional experience, and examination necessary to qualify for licensure. 


Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the time an application is submitted. Applications submitted by individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements are subject to denial by the board. Application fees are not refundable and an applicant will be required to reapply once eligibility requirements can be met.



If you have not created an account in eLicense, please do so. This is the portal where you will apply for and renew licenses. It is also the system that is used for requesting license verifications, and updating your name, address, and supervisory relationships.


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Criminal Offenses

Q: What must be disclosed on the application regarding arrest/criminal history?

A: If you have ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony you must disclose the incident(s) on the application, regardless of whether the criminal records were subsequently sealed or expunged.  This includes serious traffic offenses such as reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, hit and run, evading a peace officer, failure to appear, and driving under suspension. Matters in which you were diverted, deferred, pardoned, or pled nolo contendere must also be disclosed.  If you are in doubt as to how to respond to the application questions, full and honest disclosure is recommended.

To verify your criminal history, the Board requires submission of fingerprints for a criminal records check completed by both the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Both entities maintain records, often beyond the time that courts keep them, and these records will be reported to the Board as a result of the criminal records check.

Failure to provide truthful responses to the questions on the application may result in disciplinary action up to, and including, permanent denial of your application.

Explanatory Statement Disqualifying Offense List 

Disqualifying Offense List 


Initial Application Fees

An initial license is available for individuals meeting academic, pre-professional and examination requirements. The current examination approved by the board is the examination offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for dietitians.


Limited Permit is available for individuals who have met academic and pre-professional requirements and are planning to sit for the next available examination.


Dietitian Application $225.00 plus $3.50 transaction fee

Limited Permit Application (expires six months from the date of issuance) $65.00 plus $3.50 transaction fee


Criminal Records Checks

The board strongly encourages prospective applicants to complete their background checks as soon as they know that they will be applying for Ohio licensure. There is no need to wait until an application is submitted to start the background check process. The board will retain the background check results for up to one year upon receiving them. Once an application has been submitted to the board, its status will be updated to reflect receipt of the results.

  • All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. View instructions in the background check packet or by watching the instructional video.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

Please note: the Medical Board is unable to confirm receipt of background checks or other supporting documents prior to an application being submitted. 

Once an application has been submitted, any documents that have been previously received will be attached to the application. In order to efficiently process your application, please do not submit or email documents to the board that are not specifically required as part of the application. Board staff will contact you directly in the event that further information or additional documentation is necessary to process your application. Please allow the board 10 business days to perform an initial review of your application. After that time, you may check the status of your application by logging into eLicense and navigating to your license application. Select the Options tab and the Review Status option. Any outstanding items will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of the page.


​​Examination Information

The competency examination approved by the Board for Ohio licensure is the exam offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (RD Exam).

Registration examination information and schedule of tests may be obtained from:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Commission on Dietetic Registration
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 877-1600


Dietetics Advisory Council

The board is required to appoint a dietetics advisory council for the purpose of advising the board on issues relating to the practice of dietetics. For more information on the Advisory Council, please click here.


Board Meetings

A list of board meetings can be found here. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.


Forms and Helpful Links


License Verification in eLicense

Professional Development Portfolio (PDP)

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4759

Ohio Administrative Code 4759

Code of Ethics