Additional Information

Disclaimer Statement

The information provided on this website is offered as a convenience to applicants, licensees, consumers, other governmental and non-governmental entities, and the general public.  Every attempt has been made to provide accurate and reliable information.  However, law, rule, and policy updates frequently occur, and the website may not always reflect the most current information or updates.  Ohio’s laws and rules governing psychologists, school psychologists, and certified Ohio behavior analysts supersede any inadvertent errors contained on this website.  Please feel free to call or email the Board’s office staff with questions or feedback.

Additionally, any references to non-state resources, including non-state websites linked to this site, does not constitute an endorsement by the State of Ohio or the State Board of Psychology. The State Board of Psychology is not responsible for the contents of any non-state websites linked to this site and any views expressed on such websites do not necessarily represent the views of the State Board of Psychology or the State of Ohio. You assume any and all risk associated with the use of any non-state website linked to this site. The State Board of Psychology and the State of Ohio do not guarantee or warrant any information, services or products advertised or offered on non-state websites. Internet usage by children should be under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

Address Change? Job Change?


Please remember that licensees are required to notify the Board office in writing of any change in office address or employment within 60 days of such change (ORC 4732.14). Failure to follow this legal requirement can lead to a number of problems, including timely receipt of your renewal materials and other official Board  correspondence. Every year there are licensees who do not update the Board with this information and it only causes problems for all parties.

To update your address, please login to your user account and select address change under "OPTIONS." This type of "service request" is automatic and requires no further action from the licensee or the Board. 

Before You Call the Board

Please be reminded that:


  1. Neither the Board’s Executive Director nor other staff members can offer Board “positions” on issues raised. Callers must understand that the Board and its staff cannot offer legal advice or advice on how to handle a specific professional situation.
  2. We have determined that answers to most callers’ questions posed to staff could have been answered by reviewing the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  3. Written summaries of callers’ questions and discussions with staff are typically prepared after each call and placed on record and may become subject to disclosure as “public records” under the Ohio Sunshine Laws.
  4. The Board cannot provide referrals to specific attorneys.

Licensees are welcome to call the Board office with questions, keeping this summary in mind.

Reminders About Ethics Questions and Available Options

Licensees are expected to have a reasonable working knowledge of the laws and rules governing psychologists and school psychologists and of relevant professional standards and guidelines. Licensees have options when faced with ethical dilemmas or questions about applying the laws and rules to professional practice:


  • Professional associations (e.g., OPA and APA) provide ethics consultations as a member benefit
  • Knowledgeable colleagues might offer valuable experience and direction relative to professional issues
  • Liability insurance carriers might provide advice and direction on professional practice issues
  • Attorneys with expertise in mental health practice are a critical source for actual legal advice
  • The Board web site offers reminders and alerts on various issues
  • The Board office staff can provide references to laws, rules, and Board policy.

Ohio Board of Psychology Fees at a Glance

Psychologist/School Psychologist

Application/Initial License/Oral Exam: $300


Oral Exam Retake: $50


Biennial Renewal (effective 2020): $365

License Reinstatement Penalty (effective 2016): $250


Biennial Renewal for “Retired” Status (effective 2016): $50

“Retired” License Reinstatement Penalty: Waived


Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst

COBA Application/Initial Certificate/Workshop-Exam: $125


COBA Biennial Renewal: $150


COBA Certificate Reinstatement Penalty: $50



Service Requests

Certified License Verification: $40

Duplicate License Card: $5

Duplicate License Certificate: $25

Name Change Request: No charge.

*Please note: Name change requests do not automatically result in the issuance of a new License Certificate and/or Card.  Should you wish to have a new License Certificate and/or Card with your updated name, please submit a service request through your online user portal.  


Take Responsibility of Your Records

(by Arranging Responsibility for Your Records)

Pursuant to OAC § 4732-17-01(B)(7)(c) each licensee must report to the Board on the biennial renewal form the name, address, email, and telephone number of “a person knowledgeable” about responsibility for records in the event of the licensee’s absence, emergency, or death. This is not new, of course, although Ethical Standard 6.02(c) in the new (June, 2003) APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct contains language that serves to clarify and inform this rule. Specifically, the standard indicates that, “Psychologists make plans in advance to facilitate the appropriate transfer and to protect the confidentiality of records and data in the event of the psychologist’s withdrawal from positions or practice.” Therefore, all licensees should have a plan for the protection and transfer of professional records—just in case. Many psychologists have mutual arrangements with psychologist-colleagues or practice representatives. Under current rules, the person listed on the renewal form does not need to be the responsible party, but must have knowledge about your plan for your records. The Board encourages all licensees to make a plan so that your clients have confidentiality and access to their records (e.g. to transfer services and records to another provider), should you be unable to oversee retention of your records and oversee requests to release information.