Apply for a New Doctor of Podiatric Medicine License

Education Requirement

To be eligible for a DPM license to practice podiatric medicine in Texas, you must have graduated from a college or school of podiatric medicine approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

DPM applicants who are currently enrolled in their final (third) year of residency may not apply until on or after March 1st.

All information submitted as part of a license application is subject to primary source verification.


Graduate Podiatric Medical Education

You must have successfully completed at least one year of Graduate Podiatric Medical Education (GPME) in a program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education with a hospital, clinic, or institution acceptable to the department.

Include with your application materials a copy of your Residency Certificate of Completion or Fellowship Completion approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

Also acceptable is a letter from the residency director with start and end dates of the residency program.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in their final (third) year of residency must submit the Memorandum of Understanding for Conditional Issuance of Texas Doctor of Podiatric Medicine License (PDF).


CPR Certification

You must include with your application materials proof of successful completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

CPR courses are offered by the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.


National Licensing Exam

You must provide proof of passing the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (AMPLE) by requesting official score reports from the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards (FPMB) and have them sent directly to TDLR.

Passing scores for the following exams are required:

  • National Boards – Part I
  • National Boards – Part II Written
  • National Boards – Part II CSPE
    • Beginning with the Class of 2015 (excluding the Class of 2016 and 2021) there are two components to the Part II examination: The Part II Written and the Part II CSPE.
      Persons from earlier classes are neither required nor eligible to take the Part II CSPE."
  • National Boards – Part III (formerly known as PM Lexis) Applicants who were licensed in another state prior to January 1992 may request an exemption from the Part III requirement.

Register for an Exam

If you previously applied for a Texas Temporary Residency License and included AMPLE Part I and II results with your application, TDLR will have your test results on-file, and you do not need to re-send them with your DPM application.


Application and Fee

Submit a completed Doctor of Podiatric Medicine License Application Form with all required materials and the non-refundable $750 application fee.

Download Application (PDF)

DPM licenses must be renewed every two years.

Also see information on applying for a Hyperbaric Oxygen Permit or a Nitrous Oxide Permit.


Jurisprudence Examination

Upon TDLR approval of eligibility, PSI will send you an email confirmation with instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the examination. If an email address was not provided to TDLR at the time of application, you will receive a postcard via U.S. Mail from PSI with scheduling information.

Please see the Podiatric Physician Jurisprudence Exam page for complete details.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

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 or renew a license. 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 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.