• Restoration


    New Human Trafficking Training Requirement Coming Soon - Anticipated for Renewals on or after September 1, 2020 
    New Renewal Requirement (Effective January 1, 2019) - Fingerprinting
    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. 

    You must hold a current, unexpired Texas license to practice occupational therapy in any way (including consulting) or to represent yourself as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. 

    The restoration process is a method for former licensees whose Texas license has been expired one year or more to return to licensure.  There are three restoration categories. 

    1. If you now have a current license in another US State or Territory.
    2. If your Texas license has been expired at least one year but less than two years and you hold no current license elsewhere in the US or US Territories.    
    3. If your Texas license has been expired two years or more and you hold no current license elsewhere in the US or US Territories.

    Refer to §370.3 for further information regarding these categories and regulations regarding restoration.

    The Restoration of an OT/OTA License Form may be accessed from the following link: OT Forms.  

    Other Restoration Information:
       1.  Make sure you download the Restoration Form and not the Renewal Form.
       2.  Include a recent color, passport-type 2” x 2” photo on photographic paper. This is a head-and-shoulders shot. Write your name and date of birth (DOB) on the reverse side. 
       3.  List all the states where you have been licensed and order from the board(s) that issued the license(s) that a verification(s) be sent directly from that board to TBOTE.
       4.  Take and pass the JP Exam, an open-book, online 20-question exam on the OT Act and Rules. Click here to take the exam.
       5.  Follow the path for your type of restoration and if you have questions, call the Renewal Department at 512/305-6900.
    Military Applicants 
    If you are a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse who previously held a license in Texas, please see §370.3 for information regarding expedited services and eligibility requirements for such.
    In a hurry?
    Use overnight mail to mail items to our street address.
    All licenses are sent by USPS.  If you are in a rush, you can mail, fax, or email the Board as an attachment a pre-paid FedEx or UPS overnight air bill or send us a pre-paid overnight envelope. If you send an alternate means of delivery, when the license is approved, it may be sent by the indicated method. Please send such to the Board in a timely manner so it will be received prior to license restoration and note that the dimensions of the regular license are  8 1/2 x 11 inches.
    When Can I Begin Working?
    You may begin working as an OT or OTA once you can verify on the Board's License Verification page that your license has been restored, which means that it must appear on that page as being current and unexpired.

    Note: The links below are not exclusive and the Board does not endorse any programs. Contact the Board for questions regarding whether a certain program is a re-entry one.

    Re-Entry Programs

    OT and OTA Re-Entry Program:
    OT Re-Entry Program:


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