The Council’s online licensing and renewal system will not be active until September 1, 2020. If you need to renew your license, change your address, etc. before September 1st, please do so in accordance with the instructions found on your respective board’s website.
Renewal of a License
Licensees are required to renew their license(s) on a biennial basis. At least 30 days in advance of their renewal date, licensees are mailed a reminder postcard to remind them that they need to renew their license. The postcards are sent to the licensee’s address of record. Failure to keep your address of record current may result in your not receiving the renewal reminder.
Licensees are required to renew each license held (both active and inactive licenses) online, and are encouraged to do so during normal business hours and well in advance of the deadline. This will ensure that licensees have access to agency staff to assist them should they encounter difficulties while renewing. It also serves to ensure that licensees have an opportunity to attempt renewal again in the event they encounter technical difficulties. A licensee who does not renew his or her license by the expiration date is subject to the late renewal fees set forth in the Council’s rules. Additionally, a delinquent license that is not renewed within 1 year of the expiration date will expire.
A license is eligible for renewal if:
1. The license is active or inactive and within 60 days of expiration.
2. The license has not been expired (i.e., delinquent) for more than one year.
3. You have obtained the the requisite continuing education hours.
4. You have completed a training course on human trafficking prevention approved by HHSC.
If you already have an online account set up, you may click on the button below to take you to the online licensing/renewal system. If you need to set up an account, please click here for instructions on how to do so.
Note: Please review the browser compatibility information located at the bottom of the online renewal login page for the versions of those browsers that are required.
Each month, 10% percent of each license type eligible for renewal is randomly selected to undergo a CE hours audit. Licensees are notified of their selection and required to submit proof of the continuing education hours obtained in connection with their renewal. Licensees may also be selected for an audit due to an irregularity in complying with the continuing education requirements for a license held.
Renewal Requirements by License Type
All licensees are required to undergo an HHSC approved human trafficking prevention training course as a condition of renewal, in accordance with Chapter 116 of the Occupations Code. Approved training courses can be found on the Health Care Practitioner Human Trafficking Training webpage.
Additionally, when renewing a license, licensees must provide or update the standardized set of information about their training and practice (i.e., the minimum data set) required by §105.003 of the Health and Safety Code.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed marriage and family therapists are required to obtain a minimum of 30 clock hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.
Licensed marriage and family therapist associates are required to complete a minimum of 15 clock hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.
At least 6 of the hours obtained must be in the area of ethics. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
To maintain supervisory status, a supervisor must successfully complete a minimum of 3 hours of clinical supervision continuing education each renewal period and pass the jurisprudence examination.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Licensed professional counselors and licensed professional counselor associates are required to obtain a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education and pass the jurisprudence examination during each renewal period they hold a license.
At least 4 of the hours obtained must be in the area of ethics. The successful completion of the jurisprudence examination shall count as 1 hour of ethics. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Licensed psychologists, psychological associates, and specialists in school psychology are required to obtain a minimum of 40 hours of professional development during each renewal period they hold a license. At least half of these hours must be obtained from or endorsed by an approved provider.
At least 6 of these hours must be in the area(s) of ethics, rules, or professional responsibility, with another 6 hours in the area of cultural diversity. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
Areas of cultural diversity include, but are not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status.
Licensed psychologists must also update their online profile information when renewing their license. Online profiles can be updated or changed by clicking here.
NOTE: A licensee must turn 70 on or before August 31, 2020 in order to qualify for reduced renewal fees. Licensees who turn 70 years of age on or after September 1, 2020 will no longer qualify for reduced renewal fees.
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
Licensed social workers (e.g., LBSW, LMSW, LCSW) are required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.
At least 6 of the hours obtained must be in the area of professional ethics and social work values. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.
NOTE: Licensees who hold a license with emeritus status as September 1, 2020 may keep the emeritus status as long as the licensee does not 1)return to full- or part-time paid employment or 2)return the license to active status. Once a license with emeritus status expires or the status is changed from emeritus, the emeritus status cannot be reinstated. No renewal fees are charged, and no continuing education is required for a license with emeritus status, but the license must be renewed through the Council’s online renewal system on a biennial basis.
Change of Address
Applicants and licensees must utilize the Council’s online licensing system to update their main address, business address, email address, and phone number.
A licensee’s main address is the current address of record to which all agency correspondence is sent. Online search results for a licensee will not reflect the street address of the main address, but rather will display only the city, state, county and zip code associated with the main address supplied by the licensee.
Licensees have the option of entering a business address into the online licensing system that will be publicly available and displayed, without redaction, in search results returned from the online licensing system. This will ensure those licensees using their home address as the main address for agency correspondence have the option of displaying a publicly available address where members of the public may contact them.
The decision of whether to utilize a home address as the main address, as well as the decision of whether to enter a business address in the online licensing system is left to each individual licensee. While licensees are not required to enter a business address into the online licensing system, they are encouraged to do so as a point of convenience for the public.
Licensees wishing to display a business address can do so by logging into the online licensing system and executing a change of address in the system. Simply go to the “Add Another Contact” section and select the business address to enter that address. Both addresses will then be displayed on the public search feature found on our website, but the main address will only display city, state, county and zip code.
It should be noted that the address entered as a main address, including a home address, will continue to be publicly available via the Public Information Act.