|(a) The Act provides for the renewal of a license. A license issued under §741.141(a) - (b) of this title (relating to Issuance of License) is subject to renewal upon expiration if a licensee wishes to practice under the Act and this chapter. (1) A licensee may renew by mailing to the board office the renewal form, fee, and all required documents. (2) A licensee may choose to renew online. The license is not considered renewed until all required documents have been received in the board office. (b) A license or registration issued under §741.141(c) of this title cannot be renewed. (c) The board office shall mail notice of expiration to each licensee approximately 45 days prior to the expiration date of the license. The board is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or undelivered notices of expiration if sent to the address last reported to the board. (d) A licensee shall have acquired approved continuing education hours as defined in §741.162 of this title (relating to Requirements for Continuing Professional Education) in order to renew a license. Any continuing education hours earned before the original effective date of the license being renewed are not acceptable. (e) A licensee or registrant is responsible for submitting the required fee, forms, and other documentation prior to the expiration date of the license. (f) A licensee is required to provide current address, telephone number, and employment information. Corrections may be made on the renewal form or by submitting the current information in writing. A request to change the name currently on record must be submitted in writing with a copy of a divorce decree, marriage certificate, legal name change document, or social security card showing the new name. (g) The board office shall not consider a license to be renewed until the following has been received and found acceptable: (1) completed, dated, and signed renewal form, including acknowledgment of having earned the required continuing professional education hours; (2) license renewal fee; and (3) continuing education audit documentation, if selected for continuing education audit. (4) If the licensee chooses to use the online renewal process, the renewal form and renewal fee, as detailed in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, will be accepted automatically. The license will be considered renewed when the online renewal is processed in the board office and board staff determine that all documentation has been provided. If additional documentation is required, such as documentation for an audit as defined in subsection (o) of this section, that documentation must be mailed to the board office. Although the license may complete the renewal process online, the board office shall not consider the license renewed until the additional documentation has been received and accepted by the board office. (h) An intern shall submit the following for license renewal: (1) the items listed in subsection (g) of this section; (2) evaluation of the intern's progress or performance from all supervisors must accompany the request. Intern plans and supervisory evaluations for completed segments must be submitted; and (3) an Intern Plan and Agreement of Supervision Form for the intern's upcoming experience unless the intern is currently not practicing. In that event, the intern shall submit a signed statement explaining the reason for not practicing. (i) An assistant shall submit the following for license renewal: (1) the items listed in subsection (g) of this section; and (2) A Supervisory Responsibility Statement Form from each supervisor providing the supervision unless the assistant is currently not practicing or the supervisor(s) has not changed. (j) An individual who meets the requirements set out in the Act and wishes to renew the expired license shall submit his or her request, in writing, with the following: (1) an original letter from the licensing board where he or she currently holds a valid license verifying: (A) the professional area in which the license was issued; (B) the date of issue; (C) the expiration date of the license; and (D) whether disciplinary action has been taken; (2) a reinstatement fee as determined by the board. (k) A licensee may renew the license under the provisions of the Act after expiration of the 60-day grace period without a late renewal penalty fee being assessed due to a medical hardship whether or not the licensee met the requirements of §741.162 of this title. If the following is submitted and found acceptable by the board office, the license shall be renewed: (1) a signed statement requesting renewal due to medical hardship; (2) an original letter signed by the licensee's physician stating the licensee was unable to practice for at least six months during the renewal period because of a physical or mental disability; (3) the completed, dated, and signed renewal form; (4) any approved continuing education hours earned during the renewal period; and (5) the license renewal fee. (l) A licensee may petition the board if the licensee does not meet the requirements of subsection (m) of this section but believes he or she has a valid medical reason for the late renewal. The petition shall be reviewed by the board's designee within 15 working days of receipt of the request. (m) The board shall monitor a licensee's compliance with the continuing education requirements by the use of a random audit. In the event the licensee has been selected for an audit to verify compliance with the continuing education requirement as described in §741.162 of this title, the license shall not be renewed until the licensee submits acceptable proof of having earned the required continuing education hours. If this documentation is not received or found unacceptable, the licensee shall be notified by the board office of the deficiency. (n) Failure to timely furnish required documentation or providing false information during the audit or renewal process is grounds for disciplinary action against the licensee. (o) The board shall deny renewals pursuant to the Texas Education Code, §57.491, concerning defaults on guaranteed student loans. (p) The board shall deny renewals when a license holder is subject to the suspension of license provisions relating to child support and child custody in the Family Code, Chapter 232. (q) If all conditions required for renewal are met prior to expiration of the 60-day grace period, the board shall issue a renewed license. (r) If the licensee has not completed the renewal process upon expiration of the 60-day grace period, he or she shall cease practicing. The licensee shall then renew his or her license in accordance with §741.164 of this title (relating to Late Renewal of a License) if he or she wishes to practice. (s) A suspended license is subject to expiration and may be renewed as provided in this subchapter; however, the renewal does not entitle the licensee to engage in the licensed activity or in any other activity or conduct in violation of the order or judgment by which the license was suspended, until such time as the license if fully reinstated. (t) A license revoked on disciplinary grounds shall not be renewed; however, the license may be reinstated under the Act, §401.457. The former licensee, as a condition of reinstatement, shall pay a reinstatement fee in an amount equal to the renewal fee in effect, plus the late renewal penalty fee, if any, accrued since the time of the license revocation. (u) For all licenses renewing after December 31, 2009, the jurisprudence examination shall be completed in order to renew the license. Licensees shall be required to complete the jurisprudence examination for only one renewal period. (v) Proof of successfully completing the jurisprudence examination must be submitted to the board at the time of renewal.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §741.161 adopted to be effective March 22, 2006, 31 TexReg 2160; amended to be effective May 18, 2008, 33 TexReg 3742; amended to be effective August 27, 2009, 34 TexReg 5691; amended to be effective January 16, 2011, 36 TexReg 43