About Government Relations (GR)

Any professional/business, regulatory or law-enforcement, information viewed, interpreted, used – on this page or obtained via clicking through the URLs-provided – is meant for reference only. The AMTA-Nevada Chapter cannot answer questions about a Massage Therapy license, professional or business, and we recommend you directly contact the authority’s Office of the issuing-License for which you have questions.

Jurisdictional References

Massage Therapy License Types

There are two Types of licensing for Massage Therapists in Nevada: Professional  and Business Professional Licensing is a person’s first license when wanting to practice Massage Therapy, anywhere/anytime, in Nevada.

Of both Types of licensing in Nevada that you may need, Professional Licensing is required in every scenario where a person is practicing Massage Therapy.

A Professional License is typically the only license needed for a Massage Therapist in an Employment-Only-practice in Nevada. If a Massage Therapist is also practicing outside of employment, refer to the Business Licensing tab for additional information.

The following is a list of Nevada State Professional Licensing resources:

Professional License:  

Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy (NSBMT)

  • How to Apply for a Nevada license:  Apply
  • Verify an NSBMT license (NVMT):  Verify
  • Next NSBMT Meeting:  Check

NRS 640-C and NAC 640-C regulate All Massage Therapists in Nevada

Of the two Types of licensing in Nevada that you may need, Business Licensing is only required if you are practicing Massage Therapy by doing business (for income or not) in a local-jurisdiction that has Business Licensing requirements.

Business Licensing is typically required for NVMTs (NSBMT-, professionally-licensed MTs) that practice outside of employment (e.g. outcall) in Nevada.

The following is a list of State of Nevada and Local Jurisdiction Business Licensing resources:

Business Licensing:

*not intended as legal advice

Government Relations (GR) Committee

Role of the Government Relations Committee:

Keeps Members, the Massage Therapy profession, and Public In-The-Know about local and state issues concerning the regulation of Massage Therapy in Nevada. Gathers information by several means – via: massage community-initiated intelligence, various interpersonal & governmental relationships, and legislative/regulatory-bodies’ public notification systems. Regulatory-proposals & -changes that affect our professionals’ privileged and business licensing requirements are recorded and addressed as necessary; consideration for and development of ‘a Chapter opinion’ is often motivated by the nature of the change and how it is fair for both the public and licensees/members.

Interested in working with the Government Relations Committee?  Express Your Interest

Government Relations Committee Members

Chapter Board Liaison: Elizabeth Benion

GR Committee – Chair

David J Otto

About David

David J Otto, LMT NCTMB earned his BA in English, Secondary Education in 1991. In 2001, he graduated from the Nevada School of Massage Therapy where he was also an ACCET-accredited Professional Development Instructor for 6+ years.

He owns/operates his massage therapy practice,  Hands In Motion, since 2003, in Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas & Clark County, NV.

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2006

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  • Past Chapter President
  • Past Chapter 1st Vice-President
  • Past Chapter Delegate & Alternate-Delegate
  • Past Chapter Newsletter Editor
  • Has served on all Chapter-Committees
  • AMTA-National Convention Planning Operational Committee – Member
  • AMTA-National Chapter Awards Committee – Member
  • AMTA-National Mentoring Awards Committee – Member
  • AMTA-National Member Awards Committee – Member

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Government Relations (GR) Updates

published AMTA-NV Notes

The way the Nevada Chapter informs its Members and the public is to post Notes here and inform our Contact Lists of GR Updates, including these posted Notes and other information that affects how they may practice Massage Therapy in Nevada.

The nature of the Notes that chapter-volunteers take, edit, and publish is to inform only – none of the Notes that the Nevada Chapter publishes are official documentation (i.e. Minutes, Forms, etc) of the authority’s regulatory-body of which we report (eg. publish Notes). We recommend anyone interested in the official documentation for a Meeting we may report on go to the authority’s Office for that documentation, which is usually listed in each of the Notes that we publish.

Types of Notes that we publish may include:

  • synopses of proceedings, with/without Agenda/Exhibits/etc
  • letters of opinion that the chapter has issued
  • audio/video recordings of proceedings
  • URLs/links to webpages that may provide More Information about a topic featured on this page

Check by Year for the records you seek – the Notes are, then, listed by regulatory-body:

2023
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

11/09/2023 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
08/25/2023 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Special Meeting of the NSBMT
08/09/2023 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
08/08/2023 –  AMTA-NV Note s for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
06/07/2023 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
03/22/2023 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT;  Watch the AMTA-NV’s Public Comment excerpt of Chapter President, Elizabeth Benion, reading the Nevada-Chapter-member-driven Letter of Opinion/Support, re: IMpact in Nevada (video)
01/18/2023 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

Nevada State Legislature – 82nd Session (2023)

06/06/2023 –  AMTA-NV Letter of Support for SB161, submitted to the NSBMT for their Lobbyist to submit to Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo
05/15/2023 –  AMTA-NV Letter of Support for SB270, submitted to Public Comment for the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
04/05/2023 – the  Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor unanimously Passes SB270 out of Committee, back to the Senate Floor (video)
03/22/2023 –  AMTA-NV Letter of Support for SB270, submitted to Public Comment for the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor

2022
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

12/17/2022 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Special Meeting of the NSBMT
10/26/2022 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT;  Listen to Chapter President, Elizabeth Benion, read 2022’s Massage Therapy Awareness Week in Nevada’s Proclamation into Public Comment (MP3)
08/10/2022 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
06/08/2022 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
01/12/2022 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

2021
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

08/17/2021 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
05/07/2021 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Special Meeting of the NSBMT
03/31/ & 04/01/2021 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
01/20/2021 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

2020
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

12/07/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Special Meeting of the NSBMT
11/04/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
08/19/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT &  AMTA-NV Chapter Opinion Letter
07/29/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Special Meeting of the NSBMT
07/01/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
06/10/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
05/08/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Special Meeting of the NSBMT
01/08/2020 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

2019
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

11/20/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regulatory Workshop of the NSBMT
10/30/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
08/14/ & 08/15/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting & Regulatory Workshop of the NSBMT
07/03/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regulatory Workshop of the NSBMT
06/04/ & 06/05/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
03/27/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
01/23/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

City of Reno, Nevada

11/18/2019 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Public Workshop of the City of Reno, Nevada

2018
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

11/07/2018 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
09/05/2018 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
06/27/2018 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
06/18/2018 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Meeting of the NSBMT
04/18/2018 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
02/07/2018 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

2017
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

12/13/2017 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the NSBMT’s Reflexology Workshop
11/29/2017 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
10/24/2017 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT
07/12/2017 –  AMTA-NV Notes for the Regular Meeting of the NSBMT

Nevada State Legislature – 79th Session (2017)

Assembly Bill  AB 179: introduced as BDR 766 on 12/10/2016, regarding changes to NRS 640.C, as described in  our previous announcement – PASSED

2015
Nevada State Legislature – 78th Session (2015)

Assembly Bill  AB 126: regarding various updates to NRS 640.C, as described in  our previous announcements – PASSED

Assembly Bill  AB 336: regarding the requirement of posting national anti-human-trafficking signage in specific places of business – FAILED. Pursuant to chapter concerns regarding the use of “parlor” in the original Bill language: the  last amended version of AB 336 reveals it was changed to “establishment”.

Assembly Bill  AB 295: regarding the further definition and requirement of disclosure of services performed by providers of complementary and alternative health care – PASSED

Senate Bill  SB 68: regarding the expedition in [massage therapy, et al] license application processing of current-state-license-holding Applicants – PASSED

Senate Bill  SB 70: regarding various changes to the meetings of public bodies, et al – PASSED

Senate Bill  SB 252: changed to  SB 483 – regarding revision of state business licensing fees for certain organization types (corporations) and Annual List fee changes, et al – PASSED

2012
City of Las Vegas, Nevada

Proposed TXT-44754: Proposes that medical doctors (offices/establishments) be exempt from the requirement of obtaining a massage establishment license to perform massage therapy services or contract or employ the conduct massage therapy in the space of a duly-licensed medical office.

Chapter Actions Taken:   Opinion letter was submitted on June 28, 2012, to the City of Las Vegas Planning Department who developed the proposed change in the business license code; the Opinion Letter was vetted prior to submission by the National AMTA Government Relations department. An AMTA-Nevada Chapter-developed  Opinion letter was submitted on August 13, 2012, to the City of Las Vegas Planning Department – it addressed additional clarification for issues that were submitted for passing in the Planning Committee stage on August 14, 2012.

2011
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists

On November 9, 2010, the  Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists initiated proposed changes to the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) regarding the massage therapy laws in NV,  NRS 604C. On February 2nd, a Workshop to further develop the proposed changes occurred. Before this Workshop took place, your Nevada Chapter Board of Directors submitted a statement to the Workshop Members for consideration to include clarification of item D (proposed change/addition to  the current NACs).

  • Chapter Actions Taken: Email-noticed and -polled Nevada Chapter members, and collected & logged member-responses — sent an email to the NSBMT with a  letter of Opinion describing Support of proposed changes and requesting clarification of Item D regarding the regulation of a Managing Therapist at each Massage Establishment.
  • Activity: The Nevada Chapter issued, in Public Comment to the NSBMT at its April 15, 2011, Meeting,  its Position Statement. During this meeting, the NSBMT did not vote to approve/deny the proposed NAC changes; instead, the changes were discussed and sent back to Workshop with suggestions.
Nevada State Legislature – 76th Session (2011)
Proposed  Assembly Bill 335:
  • Proposed a 5% Service Tax be levied on a business’s income for specified, provided services for Nevada businesses, including massage therapy services.
  • Chapter Actions Taken:  Opposition letter drafted & submitted to Bill Authors/Sponsors Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce (District 3) & Assemblyman Joe Hogan (District 10).

Proposed  Senate Bill 412:

  • Proposed massage therapy be regulated by the Board of Complimentary Integrative Medicine (BCIM)
  • Chapter Actions Taken:  Opposition letter was submitted to and received by Bill Sponsor Senator Michael Schneider, Chairman. The Chapter Opposition letter was vetted prior to submission by the National AMTA Government Relations department.
  • Disposition: The current version of SB412 does not include massage therapy in its verbiage.

Any legislation that is addressed by the AMTA Nevada Chapter is in relation to the practice of massage therapy. The Chapter believes they have a responsibility to report and respond to any legislation that poses a concern to its members. If you are an AMTA Nevada Chapter member, please contact us at  AMTABoard@amta-nv.org with your opinion on the items above so we may log your concerns, opinions, and suggestions. Thank you

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