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Radiologic Technologists-Limited Advisory Board
Frequently Asked Questions

1. When did licensure become effective?

Regulations requiring licensure for Radiologic Technologists-Limited became effective December 25, 1996.

2. Who is required to have a license to practice?

Anyone other than a licensed doctor of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, or chiropractic, or a dentist or dental hygienist who performs radiographic procedures employing equipment which emits ionizing radiation which is limited to specific areas of the human body.

3. What are the anatomical areas specific to the practice?

Chest/thorax, abdomen/pelvis, skull/sinuses, spine, extremities, bone density, chiropractic and podiatry.

4. Can I obtain licensure through a grandfather clause?

No. The grandfather clause expired January 1, 1999.

5. How can I find programs acceptable to the board for licensure?

The board will accept a program consisting of 50 clock hours to include 25 hours in image production/equipment operation, 15 hours in radiation protection and 10 hours of radiographic procedures in the anatomical area of the radiologic technologist-limited’s practice. The program must be directed by a radiologic technologist with a bachelor’s degree and current ARRT certification and have instructors who are licensed radiologic technologists. The ACRRT program for chiropractic, the ISCD for bone density and the Virginia Podiatric Medical Society course and examination for podiatry are also acceptable.

6. May I take x-rays under the supervision of a licensed physician without a radiologic technologist-limited license?

Only if you have submitted an application and received authorization for training from the Board.

7. How do I apply to take x-rays in the anatomical areas of abdomen/pelvis?

In addition to the 50 hour program and passing the ARRT Limited Scope core examination, the applicant shall have successfully performed at least 25 radiologic examinations of the abdomen/pelvis under the direct supervision and observation of a licensed radiologic technologist or a doctor of medicine or osteopathy. Prior approval must be obtained from the board before commencement of training in this area.

8. How can I obtain an application for a license and how long does the process take?

Applications can be accessed from the board’s website or you may call the board office at 804-367-4673. The average time to process an application is 6 to 8 weeks.

9. Can I practice with a temporary license until a full license is issued?

Virginia does not issue a temporary license.  A traineeship is available to applicants awaiting results of the ARRT examination.

10. Is an examination required?

Yes. Virginia requires the ARRT Limited Scope examination. All applicants must take the Core section and the anatomical area section of the radiologic technologist-limited’s practice. The fee to take the Limited Scope examination is $100.00 (bone density is an additional $100.00). Applicants who have completed the ACRRT, ISCD or Virginia Podiatric Society programs do not have to take the Limited Scope examination for those anatomical areas. In addition to the examination, all applicants, with the exception of practice in bone density, must provide evidence of having successfully performed in a traineeship at least 10 radiologic examinations in the anatomical area for which he is seeking licensure.

11. Does your state have reciprocity?

No. An applicant must meet the education and examination requirements to become licensed.

12. When do I have to renew my license and how long does it take to process?

Your license must be renewed biennially during your birth month in each odd-numbered year. The fee is $70.00. A current license is printed, mailed and delivered to its destination within 10 working days. If you do not receive your updated license within four weeks of payment, contact the board office.

13. What is the difference between an active and inactive license, and what are my options to renew my license?

An active license allows practice. An inactive does not allow practice. You may renew in an active status, inactive status or allow your license to expire.

14. I am applying for a license in another state that requires verification of my Virginia license. How do I verify my license to another jurisdiction?

Go to and click on “License Lookup” from the menu bar. This is current, primary source verification that includes the same information the Board provides in a written verification.

You may also complete a Virginia license verification request form and submit with the appropriate processing fee.

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15. What if I had not notified you of my change of address and the renewal form was sent to the old address?

If you do not receive a notice to renew, you will need to contact the board office at 804-367-4673 for instructions to renew.

16. What if my renewal payment is not received by the deadline?

An additional fee for processing a late renewal will be imposed. The license will not be updated until the additional fee is received.

17. I have mailed my renewal form to you. When can I expect to receive my new wallet card?

A renewal certificate with the wallet card attached is generated upon receipt of the renewal fee. It should reach the licensees address of record within 10 to 14 business days.

18. I am going out of the country for a year. Can I renew early?

A license can only be updated within 60 days prior to the expiration date.  Early renewal for military deployment may be considered.  Call 804-367-4673.

19. What do I have to do to notify the board of an upcoming name change?

Name changes must be submitted in writing with a copy of legal documentation of name change.  Requests may be faxed to 804-527-4426.

20. I have not received my renewal certificate for the current year. What do I need to do?

Contact the board office at 804-367-4673.

21. Can you fax renewal forms to me?


22. May I verify a license online?

Yes. Visit the Online License Look Up.

23. Does the Virginia Board have a newsletter?

The board publishes a Board Brief newsletter periodically. The latest Board Briefs can be found online.

24. May I renew my Virginia license online?

Yes, you are able to renew during your renewal cycle through the Online Licensing website.

25. May I change my address online?

Yes. Visit the Online Licensing site for more details.

26. If I want to file a complaint, may I obtain a complaint form online?

Yes, visit the Enforcement section of the DHP web to get the form and you may email your complaint to

27. What are the CE requirements for renewal?

Renewal of a current/active license as a radiologic technologist-limited requires attestation of having completed 12 hours of Category A continuing education within the last biennium that corresponds to the anatomical areas in which the limited licensee practices. Hours must be acceptable to and documented by the ARRT or by any other entity approved by the board for limited licensees whose scope of practice is podiatry or bone densitometry.