How to Apply for a New Massage License

Massage Therapist License

In Texas, a person must be licensed as a massage therapist to practice or administer massage therapy or other massage services to a client in exchange for compensation.

In addition to a completed application (Apply Online or see Massage Therapist License Application PDF) along with the required $100 application fee, applicants seeking a massage therapist license must also submit:

  • Official certified original transcript(s) of all relevant course work issued by the massage school(s) -- The transcript does not have to be in a sealed envelope from the school.
  • Proof of successfully meeting all massage therapist examination requirements
  • Verification letter from other states in which you are licensed (if applicable)

Submit paper application forms and documentation to:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711

You may also bring the documents to the TDLR main office at 920 Colorado St. Austin TX, 78701

A massage therapist license is valid for two years. A license holder must renew the license biennially.


Massage Therapy Instructor License

A massage therapy instructor license must be obtained by any person who instructs a student in any section of the course of instruction required for a massage therapist license.

In addition to a completed application (Apply Online or see Massage Therapy Instructor License Application PDF) along with the required $100 application fee, applicants seeking a massage therapy instructor license must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current licensed massage therapist
  • Have been engaged in the practice of massage therapy for at least one year and have conducted 500 hours of hands-on experience (does not include internship hours)
  • You must have a high school diploma, a general equivalence diploma (GED), or an official transcript from an accredited college or university showing successful completion of at least twelve (12) semester hours
  • Submit proof of completion of a 30-hour course on teaching adult learners. Courses attended may include an instructional certification program, a college level course in teaching adult learners, a continuing education course in teaching adult learners, or an advanced program approved by the department in teaching the course of instruction
  • Submit the $100 application fee

A massage therapy instructor license is valid for two years. A license holder must renew the license biennially.

No further examinations (other than those required for licensure as a massage therapist) are required for massage therapy instructors.


Massage Establishment License

A massage establishment is defined as any place of business that advertises or offers massage therapy or other massage services. The term includes a place of business that advertises or offers any service described by a derivation of the terms "massage therapy" or "other massage services."

Applicants seeking to license a massage establishment must submit a completed Massage Establishment License Application (PDF) along with the required $200 application fee.

A massage establishment license is valid for two years. A license holder must renew the license biennially.

No examination is required for owners of massage therapy establishments.

Massage Establishment Inspections

Licensed Massage Establishments are inspected once every two years. For detailed information, please see the Massage Establishments Inspections page.


Massage School License

Unless exempt, an individual or entity who provides at a minimum the course of instruction required for licensure to one or more students constitutes a massage therapy educational program and must obtain a massage school license.

A massage school license shall be issued for each approved instructional location.

Please see the Massage Therapy School Licensing page for detailed information on obtaining a license for a massage therapy school.


Massage Continuing Education Providers

Please see the Continuing Education Provider Licensing page for detailed information on how to apply for approval as a massage therapy continuing education provider.


Out of State Applicants

Please see the Out of State Applicants page for information on how to use your current credentials from another state to obtain a Texas massage therapy license.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

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.