Renew a Dietitian License

A dietitian license is valid for two years after the date of issuance and may be renewed biennially.


Continuing Education Requirements

Before you will be eligible to renew, you must complete a minimum of 12 continuing education hours during each two-year licensing period.

See the Dietitian Continuing Education Requirements page for further details.


Texas Jurisprudence Examination

You must successfully complete the Texas Jurisprudence Examination before each renewal of your license.

See the Dietitians Exam Information page for further details.


Application and Fee

Complete and submit the Dietitians license renewal application along with the application fee of $90.

If selected for continuing education audit, you may mail, email, or fax your supporting documentation to TDLR:

Email: cs.dietitians@tdlr.texas.gov

Fax: (512) 463-9468

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


Fitness of Applicants for Licensure

In determining your fitness for licensure, the department will consider your past ethical behavior as well as your skills and abilities to provide adequate nutrition services.

To this end, the department may request and consider previous evaluations, professional or personal references, transcripts from official hearings, or any other information pertinent to determining the fitness of an applicant.

A complete listing of conditions for denial of licensure can be found in §116.51(d) of the dietitian administrative rules.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

TDLR asks about criminal history because some criminal history may be grounds for denial or revocation of a license. TDLR's Licensing Division conducts a criminal background check through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on each original license application and each renewal application filed. If the application or the DPS check reveals a conviction that could be a basis for denying the license, the Licensing staff will refer the matter to TDLR's Enforcement Division for further review.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process by which TDLR determines whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.


Expired Licenses

A person whose license has expired may not use the title or represent or imply that he or she has the title of "licensed dietitian" or use the letters "LD", and may not use any facsimile of those titles in any manner.

A late renewal, if available, means the license holder will have an unlicensed period from the expiration date of the expired license to the issuance date of the renewed license. During the unlicensed period, a person may not perform any act that requires a license.

Expired License Renewal Fees

Licenses may be eligible for late renewal with the following fees:

A person whose license has been expired for 90 days or less may renew the license by paying a late renewal fee equal to 1 and 1/2 times the renewal fee.

A person whose license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than 18 months may renew the license by paying a late renewal fee equal to two times the renewal fee.

A person whose license has been expired for more than 18 months but less than three years may request that the executive director approve the license by submitting information sufficient to show just cause for the late renewal and paying to the department a renewal fee equal to two times the normally required renewal fee. See the Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal (PDF).

A person paying a late renewal fee is not required to pay the renewal fee in addition to the late renewal fee.