Board of Chiropractic Examiners Licensing Requirements

The licensing division of the South Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners has the responsibility for licensing qualified chiropractors wishing to practice in South Dakota as well as maintaining the status of active practicing chiropractors as well as those chiropractors licensed but not practicing (inactive) in South Dakota.

Application Fee:   $100.00
Initial License Fee:   $200.00 Active, $50.00 Inactive
License Renewal Fee:  $100.00 Active, $50.00 Inactive
Term: Annual


Students:  May complete board application requirements up to 90 days prior to graduating. License approval will be issued administratively upon receipt of all requirements.

License(s) Required for Practice:  


Optional Licenses or Certification:



National Board Examinations

     -  PART I    required
     -  PART II     required
     -  PART III (WCCE)  required
     -  PART IV  required
     -  PHYSIOTHERAPY required


Physiotherapy:   Termed Physiotherapy

  • Certification: Included in chiropractic license
  • Additional Education: Must be obtained in a CCE-approved college
  • Additional Examination: Must have NBCE Physiotherapy exam
  • Additional Fee: None

Education Requirements

Min # years pre-professional education required for licensure 2 years, however, the minimum requirements for licensure in the state of South Dakota for licensees graduating on or after January 1, 2011, will include a baccalaureate degree in addition to a doctor of chiropractic degree. The Bachelor’s degree may be granted by an accredited undergraduate program or by the chiropractic college or university that can offer a dual degree.

Accreditation for Chiropractic Colleges: Council on Chiropractic Education, or the equivalent; Must be fully accredited

Statistical Information

Total # of licensees as of February 2024: 847
Of these licensees, how many are:
Active licenses:  481
Inactive licenses: 67
Chiropractic assistants: 237
X-ray techs: 62


For Information Contact:

Marcia Walter, Executive Secretary
407 Belmont Ave.
Yankton, SD  57078
605-668-9017 (fax)