Renew a License
About License Renewal
All PTs and PTAs in Texas must renew their license every two years, at the end of the month in which they were originally licensed.
- Renewal after the expiration date incurs a late fee. Currently, late fees are as follows:
Late less than 90 days - $185.00 Late 90 days - 1 year: $370.00
- All required items listed below must be submitted prior to the expiration date to avoid late fees. If you are late 90 days or more in renewing your license, you must submit proof of your CCUs. See Chapter 341, License Renewal for the complete rule text regarding renewals.
- If a license expires before updated license information is displayed on the Board's website, the licensee may not practice while waiting for the renewal process to be complete. A licensee is subject to disciplinary action if he/she continues to practice after the license expires.
- A license may be renewed at any time in the three months prior to its expiration date, with no change in expiration date.
- The State's online payment system is occasionally unavailable due to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and other issues beyond the agency's control. Renew early if possible.
The requirements for renewal are:
- Renewal application and fee (Licenses in inactive or retired status and late renewals must be completed using the paper renewal form)
- Approved continuing competency units (CCUs) as reflected on the CC Activities Report
PT = 30 CC units/hours
PTA = 20 CC units/hours
NOTE: All licensees must have 2 units/hours of board-approved CE in ethics/professional responsibility as part of the total number of required CC units. To go to the list of approved activities/courses, or to get an application for CC/CE approval, visit TPTA's website.
- Passing score on the Jurisprudence exam (NOTE: The exam does not count toward the required continuing competence activities.)
- Social Security Number, or a notarized affidavit stating that one has never been issued to the licensee.
If you are renewing your license which is expired less than 90 days, you must:
- Submit a paper renewal form, with the list of your CC activities for the period
- Take the applicant jurisprudence exam
- Include a check for the renewal fee and a late fee of $185
If you are renewing your license which is expired between 90 days and 364 days, you must:
- Submit a paper renewal form, with a list of your CC activities and copies of your certificates
- Take the applicant jurisprudence exam
- Include a check for the renewal fee and a late fee of $370
IF YOUR LICENSE HAS BEEN EXPIRED FOR ONE YEAR OR MORE, you may not renew your license but must restore it. Information about license restoration.
How can I tell that the Board has processed my renewal and mailed my renewal card?
During the renewal process, you can verify that we have processed your renewal application by checking the expiration date of your license on the license verification page of the Board’s website. If you renew online, we will receive your transaction from the state’s payment center on the next business day, review the information you have submitted, and display your updated license information on our website by the end of that day, if you have met all of the requirements. If your expiration date has not changed on the website within 3 business days of your online renewal, you should contact the Board.
What if I don’t get the Board’s postcard? Can I renew early?
Don’t wait for the postcard – it is a courtesy only. You are responsible for knowing when your license expires, for planning your continuing competency activities accordingly, and for renewing your license in time so that you can practice without missing a beat. Your license expires every two years, at the end of the month in which it was issued. And yes, you can renew your license up to three months early. There is no penalty for renewing early, your expiration date will not change, and that gives you plenty of time to get that renewal certificate up on the wall.
What will keep my renewal from being processed?
One common mistake is entering a PO Box as the Home Address. If you have a PO Box for mailing purposes, enter it in the optional mailing address fields and we will mail your renewal certificate to that box. But as it now very clearly states in the online instructions, you must have a home address with a physical street location on file with the Board for your renewal to be processed. Even if you pay for your renewal online and receive a transaction receipt, if we do not have a physical address on file you have not completed your renewal and the Board will not complete the processing of your renewal or update your license information on the website. Once your license expires, you may not practice until you have completed the renewal process and your license shows as current on our website.
Can I renew my license on the basis of continuing competency activities or a continuing education course (CC/CE) I have signed up for but not yet completed?
The requirement is that you COMPLETE all board-approved CC/CE prior to renewing your license. You may not renew your license, or enter the course information in the CC Activity Report until you have completed the approved course.
Can I use my tDPT courses to meet the CC/CE requirements?
Yes. However, you must submit a transcript showing that you passed the course you wish to use to the TPTA for approval just as you would any other course or activity. The TPTA will send you an approval letter. If you are audited, send a copy of this letter in with your proof of 2 hours of ethics/professional responsibility coursework or activities. You must do the 2 hours of ethics in addition to the 30 hours of credit you will get for a college course.
Does the jurisprudence exam count toward the ethics/professional responsibility hours I need each time I renew?
No. The jurisprudence exam is a 20 question, open-book test over the Board’s rules. Its purpose is to help you become (and stay) familiar with the rules of practice in Texas. You must take a board-approved ethics and professional responsbility course as part of your continuing competence requirements IN ADDITION to the jurisprudence exam. You can find courses that are already approved at www.tpta.org.