Renew a Hearing Instrument Fitter and Dispenser License
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A complete renewal application, along with applicable fees, must be filed with TDLR or postmarked prior to license expiration to avoid payment of a late renewal fee. Any continuing education that is required to be fulfilled as part of the renewal application must be completed prior to the license expiration date to avoid payment of a late renewal fee.
Application and Fee
To begin your renewal, please submit a completed renewal form (Renew Online) along with the fee of $205.
Except for the first renewal, you must complete 20 hours of continuing education before your license may be renewed. Please see the continuing education requirements page for further details.
Calibration of Equipment
Before your application may be approved, you must provide proof that all equipment that is used by the license holder to produce a measurement in the testing of hearing acuity has been properly calibrated or certified by a qualified technician, within one year prior to the renewal date.
Renewal of Expired Licenses
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 under this chapter or the chapter governing the specific program.
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 to the department a renewal fee that is equal to 1-1/2 times the normally required 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 to the department a renewal fee that is equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.
On approval by the executive director (see Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal Form PDF), a person whose license has been expired for at least 18 months but less than three years may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.
Criminal History Background Check
You must successfully pass a criminal history background check in order to renew the license, however, you will not need to submit new fingerprints.
If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.
The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for a hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license renewal. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.
Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.
Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine 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.