OT Inactive & Retired Status

Inactive and Retired Status

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Fingerprinting Requirement for Renewal, effective 1/1/2019 
Please see the announcement on the homepage for further information about and instructions for completing this requirement.
The agency's Service Code must be used when scheduling/registering for fingerprinting. See the fingerprinting instructions for further instructions.  
Approximately three months prior to their license's expiration date, licensees may access the agency's Service Code from emailed renewal reminder(s) from the Board. Licensees needing further assistance accessing the Service Code may send an email to exam@ptot.texas.gov to request the code.
A licensee is not required to submit fingerprints if the licensee has previously submitted fingerprints for and satisfied the fingerprinting requirement under one of the following:
   Chapter 364 of the OT Rules (relating to Requirements for Licensure) for the initial issuance of the license;
   Chapter 370 of the OT Rules (relating to License Renewal) as part of a prior license renewal (including license restoration); or
   Chapter 371 of the OT Rules (relating to Inactive and Retired Status) as part of a prior license renewal or change of license status.
A licensee is also not required to submit fingerprints to initiate inactive status or renew inactive status. 
In addition, note that an application to initiate or renew retired status will not be processed until the fingerprinting requirement has been completed.
Refer to §371.1- §371.2 in the OT Rules for the current information on inactive or retired status, in addition to Chapter 370, License Renewal. The change of status to inactive or retired may be made only at the time of renewal, but the CE requirement must be satisfied before this move. It is not an option for those who have not completed the continuing education. This move may not be completed online.
  • When the licensee is not working in occupational therapy, an inactive status license is an option. 

       With an inactive status license one may not practice occupational therapy at all (ex: not PRN, not as a consultant, etc.).

       A licensee may remain on inactive status for no more than three renewals or six consecutive years.

       The inactive status licensee still must complete 24 hours of CE each renewal cycle and is still part of the CE audit.

       Fingerprinting is not a requirement to initiate or renew an inactive status license.

       The inactive status licensee can return to active status at any time after meeting requirements. The licensee must pass the jurisprudence exam and submit: fingerprinting information if the fingerprinting requirement had not been previously satisfied, a paper renewal form with payment of the full renewal fee, and any other requirements as applicable. 

       The inactive status licensee must renew the inactive status with a paper renewal form and not online. 

       To initiate inactive status or to renew an inactive status license, download the OT/OTA License Renewal Form and check Inactive Status as your choice. The online jurisprudence exam may be accessed from this link.

       For further information and regulations, see the OT Rules and Act.

    The licensee may choose to put the license on retired status. 

    • This option means the licensee will pay a minimal fee and complete minimal CE.
    • The retired licensee can only work for a non-profit for no remuneration. 
    • Return to active status is restricted, so this is a path that should be carefully considered. Check the rules before making this move.

    Read the OT Rules for the current information on the retired status. The change of status may be made only at the time of renewal and the completion of CE is required. Licensees on retired status are subject to the CE audit.

    Use the OT/OTA Retired License Application/Renewal form to put your license on retired status or renew that status. 

    The online jurisprudence exam may be accessed from this link.

    For further information and regulations, see the OT Rules and Act.   


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