State Licensure

Do I Need to Be Licensed?

Forty-seven states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia currently have statutory provisions regulating the dietetics profession or associated titles such as dietitian and nutritionist. Information on state licensure and certification is provided here as a service to dietetics professionals and state licensure boards.



What are licensure, certification, and registration? How do they differ? 

The majority of states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics in order to protect the public. State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from the RD and DTR credentials obtained from CDR or the “certification” provided by private “certifying bodies.” States’ regulation of dietetics and nutrition comes in one of three names, although there is some substantive overlap in what is regulated between each form. 

Click here for more information related to:

  • The importance of professional licensing to protect consumers;
  • Types of state regulation of food, nutrition, and health;
  • Key issues and resources and;
  • CMS rules on therapeutic diet orders. 




Find forms and resources related to licensure policies, verification of CPEs, and verification of your CDR registration for licensure purposes.