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Texas Occupational Therapy License Reinstatement

Restoration of a license expired one year or more to a person with a current license or occupational therapy employment

The Board may restore a license to a person whose Texas license has been expired one (1) year or more if the person:

    • Is currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S. and that license has not been suspended, revoked, cancelled, surrendered or otherwise restricted for any reason; or
    • If not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S., is applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S. and can substantiate occupational therapy employment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.

The person shall meet the following requirements:

    • Submit a completed restoration application form as prescribed by the Board, which includes a recent passport-type photo;
    • Submit to the Board a verification of license from each state or territory of the U.S. in which the applicant is currently licensed or previously held a license. This must be an original verification sent directly to the Board by the licensing board in that state or territory. Any disciplinary actions must be reported to the Board. If not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S. and applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S., the person must submit a Verification of Employment form substantiating occupational therapy employment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a Texas license;
    • Pass the online jurisprudence exam; and
    • Pay the restoration fee.

Restoration of a license expired at least one (1) year but less than two (2) years to a person without a current license or occupational therapy employment

The Board may restore a license expired at least one year but less than two years to a person who was licensed in Texas and:

    • Is not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S.; or
    • If not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S., is applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S. and cannot substantiate occupational therapy employment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.

The person shall meet the following requirements:

    • Submit a completed restoration application form as prescribed by the Board, which includes a recent passport-type photo;
    • Submit copies of the completed continuing education showing forty-five (45) hours of continuing education as per Chapter 367 of this title (relating to Continuing Education);
    • Submit to the Board a verification of license from each state or territory of the U.S. in which the applicant is currently licensed or previously held a license. This must be an original verification sent directly to the Board by the licensing board in that state or territory. Any disciplinary actions must be reported to the Board;
    • Pass the online jurisprudence examination; and
    • Pay the restoration fee.

Restoration of a license expired two (2) years or more to a person without a current license or occupational therapy employment

The Board may restore a license expired two years or more to a person who was licensed in Texas and:

    • Is not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S.; or
    • If not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S., is applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S. and cannot substantiate occupational therapy employment for at least two (2) years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.

The person shall meet the following requirements:

    • Submit a completed restoration application form as prescribed by the Board, which includes a recent passport-type photo;
    • Submit to the Board a verification of license from each state or territory of the U.S. in which the applicant is currently licensed or previously held a license. This must be an original verification sent directly to the Board by the licensing board in that state or territory. Any disciplinary actions must be reported to the Board;
    • Pass the online jurisprudence exam;
    • Pay the restoration fee; and
    • Satisfy one of the following:
      • Complete a re-entry course through an accredited college or university and submit the certificate of completion or transcript to the Board;
      • Obtain an advanced or post-professional occupational therapy degree, with an official transcript sent to the Board; or
      • Take and pass the NBCOT examination for licensure purposes only (after requesting Board approval to take the examination) and have the passing score reported to the Board directly by NBCOT.

Military Service

The Board shall expedite the restoration of a license to a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse. To request expedited services, the military service member, military veteran, or military spouse must submit a copy of the Uniformed Services Military ID card or other appropriate official documentation evidencing current or former military affiliation and notify the Board of his or her military affiliation. In this section, "military service member," "military veteran," and "military spouse" have the meaning as defined in Chapter 55, Occupations Code, §55.001.

The licensee whose license has been restored may provide occupational therapy services according to the terms of the license upon online verification of current licensure and license expiration date from the Board's license verification web page. The Board will maintain a secure resource for verification of license status and expiration date on its website.

The restoration fee as set by the Executive Council is nonrefundable.

Restoration requirements must be met within one (1) year of the Board’s receipt of the application. Restoration requirements are based on the length of time the license has been expired and whether the individual has a current license or occupational therapy employment as specified in this section at the time of the license’s restoration.

Citation

Tex. Admin. Code § 370.3



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