Offender Education Programs

TDLR is pleased to announce that we will begin issuing licenses and performing all regulatory duties associated with the Offender Education program on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Until November 1, all licensing, compliance, and enforcement responsibilities for the Offender Education Program remain at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). For assistance in these areas, please visit the DSHS Offender Education Program home page.


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Timeline of Program Launch Date

Below is a summary of the timeline leading up to the program launch date at TDLR:

  • November 1, 2017: First day of business for Offender Education Program at TDLR
  • November 1, 2017: Effective date of adopted rules
  • July 28, 2017: Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation will meet to adopt rules
  • May 11-12, 2017: Public Hearing held to receive comments on proposed rules (see the agenda and video archive)
  • April 21, 2017: Proposed rules published in Texas Register for a 30 day comment period
  • March 6, 8, and 10, 2017: Rule Summits to review draft proposed rules in Dallas, Houston, and Austin
  • January 5, 2017: Information Forums in Dallas, Houston, and Austin

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Offender Education Programs for Alcohol and Drug-Related Offenses (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 90, Subchapter A, §90.1 and §90.10; Subchapter B, §§90.20 - 90.27; Subchapter C, §§90.30 - 90.34; Subchapter D, §§90.40 - 90.49; Subchapter E, §§90.50 - 90.54; Subchapter F, §90.80; and Subchapter G, §§90.91 - 90.94). The adoption justification is available on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of November 1, 2017.

Also see the Cross Reference Table: TDLR and DSHS Offender Education Program Rules (PDF). This table is a reference between the new TDLR offender education program rules, as compared to to the previous rules administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the transfer happening?
TDLR will assume all activities relating to the Offender Education Program program - including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement - on November 1, 2017.

2. 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.

3. Will the rules change?
Yes, TDLR will adopt new rules for the transferred program. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.