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Licensing Overview

The Licensure Department licenses physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists, and surgical assistants; issues physician-in-training permits; registers non-certified radiologic technicians; and certifies acudetox specialists, pain management clinics, and non-profit health organizations.

The Licensure Department processes the applications of practitioners and non-profit entities to determine whether they meet all the criteria to practice or operate in Texas.  In general, applicants must graduate from appropriate educational institutions, pass national exams, pass the appropriate Texas Jurisprudence exam, and possess good professional character.

More details on the requirements to practice or operate in Texas for each type of practitioner or non-profit entity can be found by using the navigation links at the top of this page. 

 

Due to the high volume of applications being processed by the agency, staff members are unable to meet personally with applicants about their file. Questions or concerns regarding applications should be submitted in writing.

 

  • For Physician applicants – Please use the LIST system to submit your questions. 
  • For MRT, TMRT, LMRT, TLMRT, RCP, TRCP, Perfusionist, and Medical Physicists applicants – Please submit your questions by email to TMBscreening@tmb.state.tx.us
  • For Physician Assistant, Physician-in-Training and all other applicants - Please submit your questions by email to screen-cic@tmb.state.tx.us.

 

Applicants who appear at the agency’s office will be asked to submit their inquiry in writing on the form provided and they will be contacted in 3 business days by agency staff. 

Military - Application Fee Exemption

Senate Bill 807, effective on 9/1/2015, allows for the waiver of application fees for any military service member, military spouse or military veteran.

 

Current Board rule and Statute include the following definitions:

 

Military service member - A person who is currently serving as a full-time military service member in the armed forces of the United States; or a person who is currently serving as a member of the Texas military forces or similar military service of another state performing state active duty service, federally funded state active duty service, or federal active duty service (but not including service performed exlcusively for training, such as basic combat training, advanced individual training, annual training, inactive duty training, or special training periodically made available to service members). 

Military spouse - A person who is married to a military service member who is currently on active duty (as defined above).

Military veteran - A person who served on active duty in the army, navy, air force, marine corps, or coast guard of the United States, or in an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the armed forces and who was discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable.

 

To apply for this waiver of application fees, please complete the Military Service Member Fee Waiver Request Form and submit it along with the requested additional documentation.

 

o   Copy of military ID, passport, or birth certificate

And :

o   DD2-14; or

o   Copy of current original orders, including signature page(s)

 

Upon receipt of your request with the required documentation, the Licensure Department will evaluate the documentation and provide written confirmation of approval or an explanation as to why the waiver request is being denied. Upon receipt of the approval confirmation you will be able to apply online without submitting the application fee.

 

Military Fee Waiver of PIT Permit Application fee:

  • If you are active duty military, a military spouse or a military veteran you may apply for a waiver of the application fee.  
  • If you are active duty military, a military spouse or a military veteran enrolled in military postgraduate training program in Texas, consult with your residency program coordinator and they can initiate the request for the waiver on your behalf. 

 

Please allow at least 14 business days for initial processing of all military fee waiver requests.