|(a) General. (1) The department shall issue general certificates, limited certificates, temporary certificates (general or limited) or provisional certificates. (2) Certificates and identification cards shall bear the signature of the commissioner of the department. (3) Any certificate or identification card(s) issued by the department remains the property of the department and shall be surrendered to the department on demand. (4) A person certified as an MRT, LMRT, NCT or PMRT shall carry or display the original certificate or current identification card at the place of employment. Photocopies shall not be carried or displayed. (5) A person certified as an MRT, LMRT, NCT or PMRT shall only allow his or her certificate to be copied for the purpose of verification by employers, licensing boards, professional organizations and third party payors for credentialing and reimbursement purposes. Other persons and/or agencies may contact the board's office in writing or by phone to verify certification. (6) No one shall display, present, or carry a certificate or an identification card which has been altered, photocopied, or otherwise reproduced. (7) No one shall make any alteration on any certificate or identification card issued by the department. (b) Special provisions for persons who are nationally certified. Upon payment of the application fee, submission of the application forms and approval by the department, the department shall issue a general certificate to a person who is currently registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a radiographer, is currently registered by the ARRT as a radiation therapist, or is currently registered by the ARRT or is currently certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB) as a nuclear medicine technologist. (c) Minimum eligibility requirements for certification. The following requirements apply to all individuals applying for certification who do not meet the requirements of subsection (b) of this section: (1) graduation from high school or its equivalent as determined by the Texas Education Agency; (2) attainment of 18 years of age; (3) freedom from physical or mental impairment which interferes with the performance of duties or otherwise constitutes a hazard to the health or safety of patients; (4) submission of a satisfactory completed application on a form supplied by the department; (5) payment of the required fees; and (6) eligibility for the specific certificate requested as set out in subsections (d), (e), (f), (g), (h) or (i), of this section. (d) Medical radiologic technologist. To qualify for a general certificate an applicant shall meet at least one of the following requirements: (1) possess current national certification as a registered technologist by the ARRT; (2) have successfully completed the ARRT's examination in radiography, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine technology; (3) possess current national certification as a certified nuclear medicine technologist by the NMTCB; (4) have successfully completed the NMTCB's examination in nuclear medicine technology; or (5) be currently licensed or otherwise registered as a medical radiologic technologist in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States whose requirements are more stringent than or are substantially equivalent to the requirements for Texas certification; and (6) any other documentation acceptable to the department. (e) Limited medical radiologic technologist. To qualify for a limited certificate, an applicant shall meet the requirements in paragraph (4) of this subsection and subsection (c) of this section. (1) The limited categories shall be as follows: skull; chest; spine; extremities; chiropractic; podiatry; and cardiovascular. (2) Holding a limited certificate in all categories shall not be construed to mean that the holder of the limited certificate has the rights, duties, and privileges of a general certificate holder. (3) Persons holding a limited certificate in one or more categories may not perform radiologic procedures involving the use of contrast media, utilization of fluoroscopic equipment, mammography, tomography, portable radiography, nuclear medicine, and/or radiation therapy procedures. However, a person holding a limited certificate in the cardiovascular category may perform radiologic procedures involving the use of contrast media and/or ionizing radiation for the purposes of diagnosing or treating a disease or condition of the cardiovascular system. (4) To qualify for a certificate as an LMRT an applicant must provide satisfactory documentary evidence to the department of the following: (A) the successful completion of a limited course of study as set out in §140.509 of this title (relating to Standards for the Approval of Curricula and Instructors) and the successful completion of the appropriate limited examination in accordance with §140.508 of this title (relating to Examinations); (B) current licensure or registration as an LMRT in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States of America whose requirements are more stringent than or substantially equivalent to the requirements for the Texas limited certificate at the time of application to the department; or (C) current general certification as an MRT issued by the department. The MRT must surrender the general certificate and submit a written request for a limited certificate indicating the limited categories requested. The request shall be postmarked on or before the certificate expiration date and shall be accompanied by the general certificate and the certificate and/or identification card replacement fee; and (D) any other documentation acceptable to the department. (f) Temporary general medical radiologic technologist. To qualify as a temporary general medical radiologic technologist, an applicant shall meet at least one of the following requirements. These are in addition to those listed in subsection (c) of this section. For the general temporary certificate, an applicant must: (1) have successfully completed or be within 28 calendar days of successful completion of a course of study in radiography, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine technology which is accredited by the United States Department of Education including but not limited to the Joint Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) or the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); (2) be approved by the ARRT as examination eligible; (3) be approved by the NMTCB as examination eligible; (4) be currently licensed or otherwise registered as an MRT in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States whose requirements are more stringent than or substantially equivalent to the Texas requirements for certification at the time of application to the department; or (5) have completed education, training and clinical experience which is equivalent to that of an accredited educational program in radiography as listed in paragraph (1) of this subsection. An applicant who meets this requirement is eligible to be examined for state certification purposes only. (g) Temporary limited medical radiologic technologist. The applicant shall meet at least one of the following requirements. These are in addition to those listed in subsection (c) of this section. The applicant must: (1) have successfully completed or be within 28 calendar days of successful completion of a limited certificate program in the categories of skull, chest, spine, abdomen or extremities, which is approved in accordance with §140.509(b) of this title. (2) be currently enrolled in a course of study in a general certificate program approved in accordance with §140.509(a) of this title and have been issued a certificate of completion by the program signifying that the person has completed classroom instruction, clinical instruction, evaluations and competency testing in all areas included in the limited curriculum, as set out in §140.509(d) of this title; or (3) be currently licensed or otherwise registered as an LMRT in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States whose requirements are more stringent than or substantially equivalent to the Texas requirements for certification at the time of application to the department. (h) Special provisions for technologists on active military duty. An MRT or LMRT whose certificate has expired and was not renewed under §140.510(g) of this title (relating to Certificate Issuance, Renewals, and Late Renewals) may file a complete application for another certificate of the same type as that which expired. (1) The application shall be on official department forms and be filed with the application and initial certification fee. (2) An applicant shall be entitled to a certificate of the same type as that which expired based upon the applicant's previously accepted qualification and no further qualifications or examination shall be required. (3) The application must include a copy of the official orders or other official military documentation showing that the holder was on active duty during any portion of the period for which the applicant was last certified. (4) An application is subject to disapproval in accordance with §140.506(d) of this title (relating to Application Requirements and Procedures for Examination and Certification). (5) An applicant for a different type of certificate than that which expired must meet the requirements of this chapter generally applicable to that type of certificate. (i) Provisional medical radiologic technologist. A provisional certificate may be issued to an applicant who is currently licensed or certified in another jurisdiction and who: (1) has been licensed or certified in good standing as a medical radiologic technologist for at least two years in another jurisdiction, including a foreign country, that has licensing or certification requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements of the Act; (2) has passed a national or other examination recognized by the department relating to the practice of radiologic technology; and (3) is sponsored by a medical radiologic technologist certified by the department under this Act with whom the provisional certificate holder will practice during the time the person holds a provisional certificate.