Dietitians Frequently Asked Questions

Transition from DSHS to TDLR

  1. When did the transfer happen?
  2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
  3. Have the rules changed?
  4. Have the continuing education process or requirements changed?
  5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
  6. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?

Fees

  1. What are the fees?

Applying for a New License

  1. What are the education, experience, and examination requirements for a fully-licensed dietitian?
  2. What happens if I submit my application before I complete my academic requirements?
  3. Is examination required?
  4. How do I register for examination?

Renewing a License

  1. My license has expired. How long do I have to renew my license?
  2. What documents are required to renew my Dietitian license?
  3. I need to renew my license. Where do I send my renewal application and payment?
  4. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?

Continuing Education

  1. Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?
  2. How long must I keep a copy of my continuing education certificate of completion?
  3. What are the continuing education requirements?
  4. What happens if I do not complete my continuing education on time?

Examinations

  1. Will the written exam process or requirements change?
  2. Is examination required?
  3. How do I register for examination?

Jurisprudence Examination

  1. Will the jurisprudence exams be administered in the same way?
  2. I took the jurisprudence exam for my DSHS license. Do I have to retake the jurisprudence exam?

License Certificate and Name Change

  1. Where am I required to display my license?
  2. Am I able to make a copy of my license?
  3. What do I need to submit to TDLR for a name change?
  4. Will I receive a new license with my updated name after my name change request has been approved?
  5. If I have an address or name change do I notify TDLR?

Communication

  1. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?

Transition from DSHS to TDLR

1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Dietitians program-including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement-on October 3, 2016.

2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now-issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)-remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules

4. Have the continuing education process or requirements changed?
No, the continuing education process and requirements remain the same.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

  • Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
  • Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
  • Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

6. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.

Fees

1. What are the fees?

All fees paid to TDLR are nonrefundable.

Licensed Dietitian Fees:

  • Initial application fee (includes two-year initial license--$108
  • Renewal application fee--$90
  • License fee for upgrade of provisional licensed dietitian to licensed dietitian--$20
  • Renewal application fee--$45

A duplicate/replacement fee for licenses issued under this chapter is--$25

Applying for a New License

1. What are the education, experience, and examination requirements for a fully-licensed dietitian?

The education, experience, and examination requirements are:

A. hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree in:  

1. a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, nutrition education, dietetics, or food systems management; or  

2. an equivalent major course of study approved by TDLR; and

B. complete an internship or preplanned, documented professional experience in dietetics practice of not less than 900 hours under the supervision of a licensed dietitian or a registered dietitian approved by TDLR; and

C. pass the examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics); and

D. pass the jurisprudence examination.  

2. What happens if I submit my application before I complete my academic requirements?
If you do not meet the academic requirements when you apply, you have one year to complete the needed course work. After one year, your application will be voided and you will need to reapply and pay additional application fees.

3. Is examination required?
Unless you are a dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and whose registration is in active status, you must pass a license examination to qualify for a dietitian license.

4. How do I register for examination?
If you wish to take the examination, you are responsible for completing the examination registration form and submitting it with the appropriate fee to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or its designee.

Renewing a License

1. My license has expired. How long do I have to renew my license?
TDLR allows late renewal up to 18 months. If your license has been expired for less than three (3) years, you may submit a written appeal to the Executive Commissioner and request extended late renewal.

2. What documents are required to renew my Dietitian license?

To renew a license, a licensed dietitian must:

  • submit a completed renewal application and fee
  • submit proof of successfully completing the Texas Jurisprudence Examination
  • meet the fitness requirements
  • complete 12 hours of approved continuing education

3. I need to renew my license. Where do I send my renewal application and payment?

The fastest way to renew is to renew online then mail, email or fax your documents to TDLR.

You may also submit your renewal form, fee and other documents to:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12057
Austin, Texas 78711

4. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?
Yes. Your license will not be renewed until all requirements have been completed.

Continuing Education

1. Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?
You are responsible for keeping a record of all acceptable continuing education activities completed, and providing it to TDLR if selected for audit.

2. How long must I keep a copy of my continuing education certificate of completion?
Licensees are required to keep a copy of the continuing education certificate for two years after the date of course completion.

3. What are the continuing education requirements?

A licensed dietitian must complete a minimum of 12 continuing education hours during each two-year licensing period.

The continuing education hours must have been completed prior to the date of expiration of the license.

4. What happens if I do not complete my continuing education on time?
You may renew late after all the continuing education requirements have been met.

Examinations

1. Will the written exam process or requirements change?
No, the written exam will continue to be a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration at Pearson VUE exam sites.

2. Is examination required?
Unless you are a dietitian registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and whose registration is in active status, you must pass a license examination to qualify for a dietitian license.

3. How do I register for examination?
If you wish to take the examination, you are responsible for completing the examination registration form and submitting it with the appropriate fee to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or its designee.

Jurisprudence Examination

1. Will the jurisprudence exams be administered in the same way?
The fee for the jurisprudence exam is now $34 (one dollar less than at DSHS). The jurisprudence exams will continue to be administered by eStrategy Solutions, Inc. and the fee will still be payable to eStrategy Solutions, Inc.

2. I took the jurisprudence exam for my DSHS license. Do I have to retake the jurisprudence exam?
No, if you took the DSHS jurisprudence exam to receive your initial license, you will not need to retake it. However, if your profession requires you to retake the jurisprudence exam for license renewal, you will take the new TDLR version of the jurisprudence exam, which is based on the law and the TDLR rules for your profession. Dietitian licensees must successfully complete the jurisprudence exam at each renewal.

License Certificate and Name Change

1. Where am I required to display my license?
The license certificate shall be displayed in the primary office or place of employment of the licensee. In the absence of a primary office or place of employment, or when the licensee is employed at multiple locations, the licensee shall carry a current identification card.

2. Am I able to make a copy of my license?
No, you may not display a photocopy of a license certificate or carry a photocopy of an identification card in lieu of the original document. A file copy shall be clearly marked as a copy across the face of the document.

3. What do I need to submit to TDLR for a name change?
Written notification of name changes must be mailed or faxed to TDLR and shall include a copy of a marriage certificate, court decree evidencing such change, or a social security card reflecting the new name. Download the Notice of Change and Duplicate License Request form (39KB PDF).

4. Will I receive a new license with my updated name after my name change request has been approved?
Not unless you also submit the duplicate/replacement fee to obtain a new license.

5. If I change my name or address, do I notify TDLR?
Yes, you need to notify TDLR in writing. Download the Notice of Change and Duplicate License Request form (39KB PDF).

Communication

1. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
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