Mental Health Counselor Licensing Program

Due to COVID-19 and for the health and safety of both consumers and staff, walk-in services at the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs offices are available during abbreviated hours between 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. Please observe proper safety protocols (e.g., face covering and physical distancing) when visiting.

Staff will remain available during normal hours to meet the needs of the public over the phone and online. The public is strongly encouraged to continue calling in or utilizing the available online services. Contact information for each division is available at For a full listing of online services please go to

LICENSE RENEWAL EXTENSION: The deadline to renew current licenses that expire by June 30, 2020, has been extended to July 31, 2020. Licenses eligible for the extension are listed here.

Licensees that hold an active and current license may continue to perform licensed activities until July 31, 2020, as permitted by current state law and administrative rules, in compliance with existing emergency proclamations and executive orders.

Mental Health Counselor License Types

  • Mental Health Counselor

Regulating Body

  • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – Director


Renewal Information...

  • All licenses regardless of issuance date, are subject to renewal triennial by June 30, every three (3) years, (2020, 2023, 2026)
On-time renewals for the licensing period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023
Renew Online:

Renewals accepted: May 4, 2020 to June 30, 2020
Renewal Postcard Reminder Mailout: May 1, 2020
Renew By License Expiration Date: June 30, 2020

Licenses not renewed by license expiration date are unlicensed and may not practice.

Renewal Fees

On-Time Cost to Renew
Mental Health Counselor (MHC) – active status, $282.00
Mental Health Counselor (MHC) – inactive status, $12.00

Restoration Information...

(MHC) Forfeited licenses may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements.
Failure to restore a forfeited license within 1 year after the license expiration date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements.

Restorations for the licensing period of July 1, 2020 to July 30, 2023
Restore Online:
Restorations accepted: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
Restore By: June 30, 2021

Restoration Fees

 Cost to Restore (late renewal)
Mental Heath Counselor (MHC) – active status, $382.00
Mental Health Counselor (MHC) – inactive status, $112.00