Code of Alabama - Title 34: Professions and Businesses - Section 34-24-161 - Examinations; issuance and replacement of license; identification of office

Section 34-24-161 - Examinations; issuance and replacement of license; identification of office.

(a) Each applicant, who matriculated into a chiropractic college after January 1, 1973, must pass parts one and two of the examination administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners or other national examination as approved by the board. In addition, each applicant must pass an examination administered by the board on this article and the rules of the board.

(b) The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners shall prescribe rules and regulations regarding which national examination shall be administered, the conduct of and times and places of examinations, and requirements for successful completion of examinations. A license shall be issued for each applicant who successfully completes the examination.

(c) Irrespective of the requirements in subsections (a) and (b), the board may license an applicant if the applicant is licensed in another state that, in the opinion of the board, has standards of practice or licensure equal to or stricter than the requirements imposed by this article. If the applicant graduated from chiropractic college after January 1, 2010, he or she must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Absent a bachelor's degree, the requirement may be met by an academic graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and proof that the applicant has taken a nationally recognized standardized test commensurate with that applicant's graduate degree.

(d) Upon completion of all requirements for licensure an applicant shall be issued a license. The fee for issuance of a license shall be established by rule of the board. Each license shall be dated and numbered in the order of issuance and shall be signed by the executive director and the president of the board.

(e) Replacement licenses:

(1) Any licensee whose license is lost or destroyed may be issued a replacement license upon making application to the board. The application must be accompanied by an affidavit setting out the facts concerning the loss or destruction.

(2) Name change. Any licensee whose name is changed by marriage or court order may surrender his or her license and apply for a replacement license.

(3) The fee for any replacement license shall be established by rule of the board.

(f) Each licensed chiropractor who is actively engaged in practice or who holds himself or herself out as a chiropractor shall place or cause to be placed in a conspicuous place at the entrance of his or her office or place in which he or she practices a sign in intelligible lettering not less than one inch in height containing the name of the chiropractor and in lettering no smaller than half the size of the name of the chiropractor, the words "CHIROPRACTOR" or "CHIROPRACTIC." The intent of this requirement is that the office of the licensee be clearly identified by name and profession.

(g) Any licensee or permittee upon request shall be issued a duplicate license upon payment of a fee to be established by rule of the board.

(Acts 1959, No. 108, p. 612, §8; Acts 1985, No. 85-613, p. 938, §3; Acts 1989, No. 89-237, p. 321, §2; Acts 1997, No. 97-149, p. 190, §3; Act 2003-352, p. 921, §1; Act 2009-31, p. 98, §3; Act 2013-414, p. 1568, §1; Act 2015-275, §1.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021