Second Phase of New Programs To Be Added to TDLR

Six additional programs are coming to TDLR from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on November 1, 2017. The six programs are:

  • Code Enforcement Officers
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Massage Therapy
  • Mold Assessors and Remediators
  • Offender Education Providers
  • Sanitarians

Save the Date: TDLR Information Forums on Rulemaking for Upcoming Transfer Programs

Mark your calendar: TDLR is hosting Information Forums on rulemaking for the six licensing programs transferring from DSHS to TDLR in November 2017. The forums will be held in three locations on the following dates:

  • March 6, 2017: Dallas/Fort Worth
  • March 8, 2017: Houston
  • March 10, 2017: Austin

Schedules, times, and venues will be announced soon!

TDLR staff will be on hand at the Information Forums to discuss the TDLR rulemaking process and to provide an overview of the draft rules for these programs:

  • Code Enforcement Officers
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Massage Therapy
  • Mold Assessors and Remediators
  • Offender Education Providers
  • Sanitarians

The forums are free and open to the public – no registration required.

Look for additional information soon via email, on the TDLR Information Forums page and on TDLR’s Health Professions Facebook and Twitter accounts. Questions about the forums can be sent to: forum@tdlr.texas.gov.

Program Transfer FAQs

When is the transfer happening?
TDLR will assume all activities relating to the six DSHS programs listed above - including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement - on November 1, 2017.

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) - will remain valid until its expiration date. When you renew on or after November 1, 2017, you will receive a TDLR license.

Will the rules change?
Yes, TDLR will adopt new rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules will be very similar, but some changes will be made. The TDLR rules will become effective on November 1, 2017. Sign up for email updates to receive notices about upcoming rule changes.

What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you have filed a complaint with DSHS or have a complaint filed against your license and it is not resolved by November 1, 2017, TDLR will assume responsibility for the case. You will receive notification by mail when your complaint is transferred to TDLR.

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

  • Email updatesSign 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 are these licensing programs transferring 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 authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.