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Texas Occupational Therapy Licensure by Endorsement

OT/OTA Application for Initial Texas Licensure

Who is eligible to receive reciprocity in Texas?

Applicants who have passed the NBCOT certification examination and are either currently licensed in another state or territory of the United States which has licensing requirements substantially equivalent to this state.

If not currently licensed in a state or territory of the U.S., are 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 (2) years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.

Am I eligible for license by endorsement if I already has a Texas license in the past?

No.  Previous Texas licensees are not eligible for Licensure by Endorsement.

What must I do to receive my license by endorsement?

Meet all provisions of §364.1 of this title (relating to Requirements for Licensure);

Arrange to have NBCOT send directly to the Board the applicant's NBCOT certification examination score report (or for applicants examined prior to 1986, a Verification of Certification form); and

Submit 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 the applicant is not currently licensed in a state or territory of the U.S. and is applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S., a Verification of Employment form must be submitted substantiating occupational therapy employment for at least two (2) years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.

What happens if I am having trouble getting the required information from NBCOT or my state’s board?

The Board may grant a Provisional License to an applicant who is applying for licensure by endorsement if there is an unwarranted delay in the submission of required documentation outside the applicant's control.

All other requirements for licensure by endorsement must be met. The applicant must also submit the Provisional License fee as set by the Executive Council.

The Board may not grant a provisional license to applicants with disciplinary action in their license history or to applicants with pending disciplinary action. The Provisional License will have a duration of 180 days.

Reference

Tex. Occ. Code §454.216

3 Tex. Admin. Code §364.4


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