• Temporary License

    THIS IS JUST AN OVERVIEW.  SEE THE ACT AND RULES PAGE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. 

    Note: The Board generally receives NBCOT score reports throughout the business week, and a regular license is frequently issued soon after the passing score report is received if remaining requirements have been fulfilled.

    A temporary license is only available to someone who is taking the NBCOT exam for the first time. Refer to §364.3 for further regulations.  

    The Board must receive all requirements for an applicant applying by examination as per §364.2 of the OT Rules. In addition, the following must be received. Refer to the full Chapter 364 for further requirements. See the OT Application page for further resources regarding applying for licensure by examination.

    1. Receipt (emailed to exam@ptot.texas.gov or mailed) that you have ordered that your NBCOT score be reported to the Texas OT Board.
    2. The Confirmation of Exam Registration and Eligibility to Examine form from NBCOT. (Make arrangements for NBCOT to send us this form.);
    3. Temporary License fee (this is different from the regular application fee) sent separately by check or money order or submitted online if paid when originally applying for initial licensure); and 
    4. Temporary Supervision Form signed by the Texas OT with a current license who will be your supervisor (this form may NOT be faxed or emailed).

    If you receive a temporary license, if you fail to take the examination, fail to take the examination during the eligibility window as stated on the Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine form from NBCOT that is submitted to obtain the temporary license, or fail to have the score reported, the temporary license will be void and must be returned to the Board.

    An additional temporary license will not be issued.

    Temporary licensees must have all their notes co-signed and receive extra supervision. An OT with a temporary license must have on-the-premises supervision by an OT with a regular license. An OTA with a temporary license must have on-the-premises supervision from an OT or OTA with a regular license. 

    Refer to §373.2, Supervision of a Temporary Licensee, Chapter 364, Requirements for Licensure, and the full OT Act and Rules for further information and regulations.

    Can I work in Home Health?

    Temporary licensees must be supervised by licensee with a regular license who is on the premises.  An OT with a temporary license must have an OT with a regular license on the premises. An OTA with a temporary license must have an OT or OTA with a regular license on the premises.  This is true for all settings including home health.

    How long will I practice on the Temporary License?

    On average approximately 1-4 months, depending on whether you take the exam early in your ATT period or later.  If you fail the examination, fail to take the examination during the eligibility window as stated on the Confirmation of Examination Registration and Eligibility to Examine form from NBCOT, or fail to have the score reported, the temporary license is void and must be returned to the Board. An additional temporary license will not be issued. Refer to §364.3 of the Rules, in addition to the full OT Act and Rules. Remember that the Board receives score reports throughout the week.

    Can I apply for a Temporary License after I've applied for Regular License?

    Yes. Send in the temporary license fee and the required items. 

    Can I supervise an aide?

    No. §373.2 of the Rules: Temporary licensees may not supervise anyone.

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