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Application Process Overview

Senate Bill 202 transferred four occupational regulatory programs from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Medical Board (TMB). Medical Physicists, Medical Radiologic Technologists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Care Practitioners are now regulated by the TMB and each occupation’s respective board/advisory committee.

 

JP EXAM UPDATE: Medical Physicist and Perfusionist applicants are now able to access the original JP Exam though My TMB. Visit the online JP Exam page for more information: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/licensing-jp-exam

 

If you need to verify your existing active permit, you can do so on our website HERE.

 

If you have an active permit that was issued by DSHS, or if you have a permit that was issued by DSHS that has been expired for less than one year, you do not need to apply for a new one through the TMB.

Your information has been transferred, and you can find information regarding the Registration/Renewal process HERE.

 

As of October 7th, 2015 the TMB is accepting NEW applications for the Medical Physicists. During this transition process, please check our website regularly for updates.

 

  • If you have a pending application with the DSHS, those applications are in the process of being transferred to the TMB. Your new TMB licensure analyst will contact you by email regarding the status of your application once they have had an opportunity to review the existing information.
  • If you have an existing license or permit that was issued through the DSHS and need to request an upgrade, you will need to submit a new application, using the online system below.

 

The Licensure Department of the Texas Medical Board is committed to furthering the mission of the Board by ensuring quality healthcare for the citizens of Texas by upholding the standards set in statute and Board Rule, and by efficiently processing licensure applications.

 

Before You Apply

Please note that Texas has a two-step application process – pre-licensure and licensure. During pre-licensure, the applicant’s documents are collected and the applicant will be updated as to which documents have been received and are missing through regular mail or e-mail, if an address has been provided. Only after the initial documents have been received will your application be forwarded to the licensure step for processing. During licensure, a licensure analyst will review and verify all the information contained in the application and the supporting documentation. Additional information will be requested based on the review of your application and documentation.


Apply Online – Medical Physicists

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted regarding supplemental documentation requirements. Depending on your answers, some of the questions on the application will require you to download a supplemental form and submit it. Some of the forms must be sent to a third party, such as your liability carrier. Applicants must also take and pass the Jurisprudence Exam and submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks.

Your application will not be processed until the following documents have been received:

  • Fingerprints - licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks. Results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to TMB both from the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Jurisprudence Exam - accessed through My TMB. For more information: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/licensing-jp-exam
  • National Practitioner Data Bank/Health Integrity Data Bank Self-Query Response - Contact the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank (HIPDB) at http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov and perform a self-query. Send either of the following to the TMB: (a) a copy of the paper self-query response mailed to you by HIPDB/NPDB; or, (b) a print out of the electronic version of the self-query response.
  • Certified Transcript from Program – Official copy of transcript sent by mail or fax from the program directly to TMB. ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Proof of Identify - Copy of birth certificate or passport.

Individual application processing time will vary based on the complexity of the application. The processing time clock begins when the applicant has submitted all initial documents and has moved to the second step. Factors that increase the processing time are answering “yes” to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.


Communication with the Board

Applications are submitted online, but additional information and supplemental forms may be submitted using the US Postal Service or a private overnight delivery service. Board staff will communicate with applicants by e-mail, if an address is provided, or by letter using the US Postal Service.

 

 

  • Application and Application-Related Fees

    Application Fee: The current base fee for a medical physicist application in Texas is $130.00. The entire fee must be submitted before your application can be assigned and processed.

    The application fee includes a $5 Office of Patient Protection fee. This fee is required by statute. The remaining $125 is the fee required by the TMB.

     

    Online application

    Application Type

    Agency Fee

    OPP

    Total charged

    Medical Physicist Application

    $ 125.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 130.00

    Medical Physicist Additional Specialty – Initial Application

    $ 50.00

     

    $ 50.00

    Medical Physicist Temporary Initial Application & License Fee

    $ 125.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 130.00

    Medical Physicist Additional Specialty – Initial Temporary

    $ 50.00

     

    $ 50.00

    Note – the fee for the additional specialty is charged per additional specialty (i.e. $50 for 1 additional specialty, $100 for 2 additional specialties, etc)

     

    Online Fees:

    No financial information is seen, processed, or stored by the Texas Medical Board.

    The payment portion of the online application system is handled by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas. The price of this service includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. Texas.gov will remit the amount paid to the Texas Medical Board on your behalf.

    Please note that as of 9/1/2015 Texas.gov will charge a different amount depending on the type of online payment service used.

    Ex: $130.00 – Application fee due
          $133.18 – Total amount charged on Credit Card

    Ex: $130.00 – Application fee due
          $130.00 – Total amount charged through electronic check

     

    Physicians, Physician Assistants, and several other types of licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks.  Fingerprinting services are provided through IdentoGo by IDEMIA (formerly known as MorphoTrust USA, LLC) for a fee (see the Fingerprinting FAQs below for the current fees), payable directly to IdentoGo. Results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to TMB from both the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Please note – applicants for initial licensure should not submit fingerprints for review until after they have submitted the online application.

    Live Scan Fingerprinting – Available in Texas and Select Out-of-State Locations*:

    If you are in Texas, reside out of state but can schedule a time to be in Texas, or are near an approved out-of-state live scan location*, you may make an appointment for a live scan (a process that captures fingerprints without the use of ink).

    *To see if there is an approved out-of-state location near you for live scans, please visit the following link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/workflows/11G62J/locator/location.

    1. Schedule an appointment to be electronically fingerprinted by IDEMIA at one of their IdentoGo enrollment centers.

    • Internet based scheduling is the quickest and most convenient way to obtain a fingerprint appointment.
      1. You may begin the process now by clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G62J and then;
      2. click “Schedule or Manage Appointment”;
      3. complete all required fields on the following page and click “Next”;
      4. Enter your Board issued 6 digit ID#* with “MB-“ in front – example: (Ex: MB-123456) and click “Next”;
      5. Complete all required fields on the remaining 7 pages, including choosing a location, date, and time for your appointment, and click “Submit”.
      6. Please note that you will need to bring the identity documents required by IdentoGo with you to this appointment.
    • If you prefer to schedule over the telephone, you must:
      1. Review the TX Fingerprint Service Code form (Fingerprint Service Code form);
      2. Then call 888.467.2080;
      3. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call – IdentoGo will prompt you for the Service Code (11G62J) located at the top of the form;
      4. Please note that you will need to bring the identity documents required by IdentoGo with you to this appointment.

    2. Arrive at your scheduled appointment with your photo identification and fee.

    • If you plan on bringing a form of identification other than a valid (unexpired) TX Driver's License, please refer to the Department of Public Safety’s acceptable document types here: DPS - Documents to Prove Identity for Fingerprinting
    • IdentoGo accepts Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, business checks, money orders and coupon codes (employer accounts) at the time of service.
    • Please note that personal checks and cash are not accepted.

    3. Your fingerprints will be submitted electronically to DPS and the FBI. You will not receive a printed fingerprint card.

    4. At the conclusion of your appointment, the IDEMIA enrollment agent will provide you with an IdentoGo receipt stating that you were fingerprinted.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

    Please note: If you choose to schedule fingerprinting online, please ensure that you use the TMB service code (11G62J) as, by law, we cannot use fingerprint results that were sent to another agency. If you have accidentally selected another agency, prior to your appointment you will need to visit https://uenroll.identogo.com/ and select “Manage an Existing Appointment”.

     

    Hard-Copy Fingerprinting – For Use at Locations Outside of Texas Without Access to an Out-of-State Live Scan Center:

    If you reside outside of Texas and cannot schedule an appointment in Texas or at an approved out-of-state location for a Live Scan, you must be fingerprinted in ink on a card at a local law enforcement agency, and must then submit the completed card directly to IdentoGo to be digitally scanned and processed. Only cards provided by the Texas Medical Board are acceptable.

     

    1. Request a fingerprint card by contacting the Texas Medical Board at Screen-CIC@tmb.state.tx.us if you are an applicant, or at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us if you are a licensee.  When emailing your request, please include your current mailing address.

    2. Pre-enroll with MorphoTrust USA to submit fingerprint cards.

    • Internet based pre-enrollment is the quickest and most convenient way to submit fingerprint cards.
      1. You may begin the process now by clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G62J and then;
      2. Click “Submit a Fingerprint Card by Mail”;
      3. Complete all required fields on the following page and click “Next”;
      4. Enter your Board issued 6 digit ID#* with “MB-“ in front (Ex: MB-123456) and click “Next”;
      5. Complete all required fields on the remaining 4 pages;
      6. On the next screen, enter your payment information (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express), ensure the service code listed on the right-hand side notes ‘11G62J’, and click “Submit”. Print the confirmation document containing a bar code and complete the process by signing the waiver and filling in your contact information.
      7. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions listed on the confirmation document. Do not send fingerprint cards to the Board. Doing so will delay your background reports.
    • If you prefer to pre-enroll over the telephone, you must:
      1. Review the Texas Fingerprint Service Code form (Fingerprint Service Code form );
      2. Then call 888.467.2080
      3. Please have a copy of the Texas Fingerprint Service Code form before you call – IdentoGo will prompt you for the Service Code (11G62J) located at the top of the form; and
      4. Inform the IdentoGo representative that you wish to pre-enroll for a “hard card submission”;
      5. Once payment is complete a summary confirmation document will be emailed to you;
      6. Print the confirmation document and complete the process by signing the waiver and filling in your contact information.
      7. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions listed on the confirmation document. Do not send fingerprint cards to the Board. Doing so will delay your background reports.

    3. Obtain a copy of your fingerprints by an agency authorized to process fingerprints on an original FBI APPLICANT fingerprint card. Please review the back of the fingerprint card for the required items that must be filled out. Remember that both you and the official taking the fingerprints must sign the card.  ONLY CARDS PROVIDED BY THE TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD ARE ACCEPTABLE.

    4. All fingerprints MUST be captured by an agency authorized to process fingerprints.

    5. Once you have obtained your completed and signed fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions found on the IdentoGo Pre-Enrollment Confirmation Page that you previously completed and printed.

    6. Wait for a receipt from IdentoGo.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

     

    Fingerprinting FAQs

    NEW - TMB Transitions to electronic licenses

    As a way of increasing efficiency in existing processes, while reducing costs, the Board has been developing innovations to its online licensing systems to create a better user experience with added features.

    The Board is pleased to announce it is transitioning to electronic licenses for a more paperless experience and to allow for enhanced licensee control.  

     

    As of September 1, 2019, the Board will no longer issue paper licenses upon issuance for the following license types:

    • Acudetox
    • General Medical Radiologic Technologist
    • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
    • Non-Certified Radiologic Technician
    • Respiratory Care Practitioner
    • Medical Physicist
    • Perfusionist

     

    What does this mean for licensees issued on or after September 1, 2019?

    Once your license is issued, please allow 2 business days for processing. After that time you will be able to log into your MyTMB account and view, save or print a copy of your active license. In addition, after September 1, 2019, you will be able to use the same system to view, save or print a copy of your active license as needed.

    Please note that primary source verification regarding a licensure status is always available to anyone, including licensees’ employers, via the TMB website through Look up a License.

     

    What does this mean for licensees issued on or after September 1, 2019, who are not on the list above?

    The following license types have 90 days to register and activate your license, once the Board has issued you an official license number.  After September 1, 2019 you will be able to log into your MyTMB account and view, save or print a copy of your active license, once you have completed this initial registration of your new license.  Please allow 2 business days for processing.

    • Physician (including telemedicine, administrative, conceded eminence and public health)
    • Physician Assistant
    • Acupuncturist

     

    Any questions about the registration process, or the printing of your electronic license should be sent to Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.