The District of Columbia requires licensure for Dietitians and Nutritionists. Licensure assures the public that individuals providing nutrition advice have the appropriate education and experience. Nutrition and Dietetics licensure requires practitioners to meet education, training, practice, and examination qualifications.
For license applications and additional information on the process, please visit the DC Health website at:
If mailing, all documents and payment should be sent to:
DC Board of Dietetics and Nutrition
PO Box 37802
Washington, DC 20013
If you wish to submit your documents in-person and pay in person, then go to:
899 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-5955
If you have any questions, call the Health Professional Licensing Board at 1-877-672-2174 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Or you can contact the Health Licensing Specialist for Dietetics and Nutrition at DC Health as follows:
Health Licensing Specialist, Board of Dietetics and Nutrition, DC Health
To view a checklist of all the documents required for a new license application for a Dietitian license in DC use the following link:
To view a checklist of all the documents required for a new license application for a Nutritionist license in DC use the following link:
DC licensure follows a biennial cycle (taking place every other year). DC Dietitian and Nutritionist licenses expire on October 31st of odd-numbered years. Your initial license will be valid for the balance of the current renewal cycle.
As of November 1, 2019, license renewal must be completed online; there will be no paper mail-in renewal option as was previously available. The new online portal for renewals is available from DC Health’s “Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing” web page (https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/146182). The online renewal application is expected to take 30-60 minutes to complete. All applicants must complete every section. Dietitians and nutritionists must have a total of thirty (30) hours of approved continuing professional education (CPE) at the time of renewal (November 1st of odd-numbered years). The online renewal process will include uploading CPE certificates and providing brief descriptions of CPE programs.
Updates regarding the new license renewal process will be made available here as more information becomes available.
Attention: Licensees are now required to have two (2) approved continuing professional education (CPE) hours of LGBTQ cultural competency. LGBTQ cultural competency refers to continuing education focusing on patients or clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or question their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
That is, all DC Dietitian and Nutritionist licenses will expire on October 31, 2019. All applicants renewing licenses for the next two-year period (November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2021) must have completed thirty (30) hours of continuing education credit AND two (2) of the required thirty (30) hours must be LGBTQ cultural competency continuing education. The CPE credits must have been completed between November 2, 2017 and November 1, 2019 in order to qualify for license renewal on November 1, 2019.
Heads Up: Commencing after this renewal period, a new CPE requirement of 3 CPEs in public health will be enforced.
To summarize, the required continuing education units for DC license renewal on November 1, 2019 are:
- Dietitians: 30 CPEs total to include 2 hours LGBTQ; all CPEs completed between November 2, 2017 and November 1, 2019.
- Nutritionists: 30 CPEs total to include 2 hours LGBTQ; all CPEs completed between November 2, 2017 and November 1, 2019.
But going forward, the required continuing education units for DC license renewal (effective November 1, 2021) will be:
- Dietitians: 30 CPEs total to include 2 hours LGBTQ and 3 hours Public Health; all CPEs completed between November 2, 2019 and November 1, 2021.
- Nutritionists: 30 CPEs total to include 2 hours LGBTQ and 3 hours Public Health; all CPEs completed between November 2, 2019 and November 1, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding licensure in DC, please email the Consumer Protection Coordinator at DCMANDcpc@eatrightdc.org
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