Board of Physical Therapy
Licensure Compact Information

PT Compact Privilege Verification - The Physical Therapy Compact Commission provides online primary source verification of Compact Privileges.

What is the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact?

The purpose of the Compact is to facilitate interstate practice of physical therapy with the goal of improving public access to physical therapy services.  This is accomplished by mutual recognition of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure by Compact member states through a system of “Compact privileges.”

A “Compact Privilege” is the authorization to work in a Compact member state other than your home state. To be eligible for a Compact Privilege, you must hold an active PT or PTA license in your home state and meet other eligibility criteria, such as having no disciplinary action against your license for at least two years. When eligibility is verified and all fees are paid, you receive the Compact Privilege and may begin legally working in the other remote state.


The legislation requires applicants for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to undergo a criminal background check as a prerequisite for licensure in Virginia. For more information on Criminal Background Check Requirements, please see our FAQ page.

For more information on the Compact and how the compact privilege process works, please visit the website for the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact at