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General Information for Acupuncturist Applicants

Overview of the Acupuncture Application Process

  • You submit your application online. Note which supporting documents you will need to submit for your application to be complete.

  • You begin collecting and submitting the supporting documents needed.

    We recommend using one of the private overnight delivery services that allow tracking to submit all required items. These services require delivery to a physical address and a phone number. Delivery by a private overnight service to our physical address usually allows you to obtain immediate online confirmation of delivery from the carrier.

    Delivery Physical Address and Phone
    Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners 
    1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 9.200 
    Austin, TX 78701 
    Phone – (512) 305-7030


    Mailing address
    Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners 
    P.O. Box 2029
    Austin, TX 78768

    Items mailed through the US Postal Service (regular, certified, express, or overnight), must be addressed to our mailing address, or they will be returned to the sender. A vendor signs for and delivers these items to our agency. Even if a tracking mechanism is used, the signature confirming receipt of items delivered to the mailing address will be that of a vendor employee, making confirmation of delivery more difficult.

  • Your application is screened to determine whether the required documents that were expected with your application have arrived. 

  • You will be contacted with a list of any additional items needed to complete your application, or informed that your application is complete.  In many cases more information or documentation is needed. If the item has previously been submitted, the new request will include an explanation regarding why the submitted document failed to meet standards.  Sometimes more items will be required based on information obtained from the new documentation.

    The length of time it will take to complete your application will depend on the acceptability of submitted items and the complexity of the application. Some factors that can increase complexity are “Yes” answers to questions on the Professionalism, Medical Liability section of the application.

  • Once all items have been received, and have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate members of Board staff, your application will be considered complete and your name will be added to the list of applicants to be granted permanent licensure at the next Board meeting. An email (or hard copy letter if an email address is not available) will be sent informing you. The Acupuncture Board meets three times a year.
  • A temporary license will be issued, if requested and the fee is paid, that allows you to practice between the time the Board staff approves your application and the next Board meeting.  To request a temporary license use the link to the left.