OT License Renewal
New Requirement to Renew on or After September 1, 2020 - Training Course on the Prevention of Human Trafficking
Note: To ensure they may renew on or after September 1, 2020, licensees are encouraged TO NOT wait until the last minute to complete this required training. One may complete this training any time during the current renewal period prior to renewal.
As of September 1, 2020, in order to renew, an OT or OTA must complete a training course approved by HHSC on the prevention of human trafficking, pursuant to HB 2059 of the 86th Leg. Session. This is a CE requirement for all license statuses and is required to restore a license expired one year or more.
In order to renew, a licensee must attest to having met CE requirements, which as of September 1, 2020, will include having completed this training.
The document accessed from the link above contains an introduction to the new requirement and brief overview of the steps to complete the SOAR to Health and Wellness course, the only course approved to meet this training requirement. The document also contains FAQs and detailed instructions.
Before registering for the course, licensees are encouraged to review at least the first part of the document, which contains this introduction and overview.
A shortened version, which contains the introduction, overview, FAQs, and technical support information from the full document, may be accessed from this link:
This OT page and others on this website will be updated on September 1, 2020 or soon thereafter to reflect the changes effective on that date; until then, further information may not reflect the coming changes.
Changes to Late Renewal Requirements Effective September 1, 2020
Certain adopted changes regarding the renewal of a license expired over 90 days, but less than one year, will be effective September 1, 2020. Refer to the "Proposed/Adopted" tab from the Act and Rules
page to read the text of the changes as proposed. The amendments were adopted without changes.
CE Hours Change that went into effect September 1, 2019
Note that effective 9/1/2019, 24 contact hours of CE are required for license renewal.
Please see the announcement on the homepage for further information. Fingerprinting is a required item for renewals on or after January 1, 2019. Licensees in their 3-month renewal window are encouraged to submit their fingerprints early in their renewal window.
As per §370.1(a) “Licensee Renewal. Licensees are required to renew their licenses every two years by the end of their birth month. A licensee may not provide occupational therapy services without a current license. Licenses and license expiration dates should be verified on the Board's license verification web page."
If your license does not show as being current and unexpired on the License Verification page of our website, you may not provide occupational therapy services.
Remember that once you have submitted all required materials and made payment, it will take at least one or more business days for your license to show as being renewed on our website.
A license may be renewed up to three months prior to the expiration date.
Please see the full OT Rules and OT Practice Act for additional information and requirements. The Continuing Education page includes resources such as a decision tree, sample course titles, and tabs that address acceptable CE and unacceptable activities not eligible for CE credit.
If you were serving in the military during your renewal period, please see §370.2(b) for additional information regarding renewal fees and deadlines.