Health-Related Programs Added to TDLR
Senate Bill 202, 84th Regular Session (2015), transferred thirteen health-related licensing programs from Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to TDLR.
Seven programs were transferred October 1, 2016:
- Athletic Trainers
- Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
- Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Six programs will transfer from DSHS to TDLR November 1, 2017:
- Code Enforcement Officers
- Laser Hair Removal
- Massage Therapy
- Mold Assessors and Remediators
- Offender Education Programs
In addition, the 85th Texas Legislature (2017) transferred the regulation of podiatry to TDLR, and created a new program beginning in 2018 for licensed behavior analysts and licensed assistant behavior analysts:
Health Professions Transition FAQs
When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Health Professions programs-including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on October 3, 2016.
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.
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
What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.
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.
Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in August, September, and October 2016. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future.
Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.
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.