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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. 

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 in the armed forces of the United States, in a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, or in the state military service of any state.

Military spouse - A person who is married to a military service member who is currently on active duty.

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 required documentation, the Pre-Licensure and Consumer Services Department will evaluate the documentation and provide a response to include a hardcopy application for completion, a request for additional information, or a statement as to why the waiver request is being denied.