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Renewal of License

Without a current renewal card in hand, a licensee may not practice legally in Texas.  Therefore, licensees should submit their renewals in a timely manner so that they receive their renewal cards before the expiration of their licenses.

Annual Renewal/Renewal Reminder Postcard:

Licensees of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists are required to renew their licenses annually.    At least 30 days in advance of the renewal date, licensees are mailed a reminder postcard to remind them that they need to renew their licenses.

Profiles of Licensed Psychologists:

Only licensed psychologists must review and update their profiles annually.  This should be done online before beginning the renewal process.  Professional profiles.

I.                   Methods for Renewing License:

There are two options for license renewal:

A.    Online, or
B.     Paper renewal forms.

A.    Online Renewal
Note:  Currently the online renewal system will only support the following browsers:  Internet Exv7 and v8 and FireFox v2 and v3.  All other versions of these two browsers and all other browsers will not work with the system at this time.

(1)   Eligibility Requirements for Online Renewal

You are eligible for online renewal of your license if:

(a)    Your license is active and within 60 days of expiration.  You may not renew an inactive license online or go inactive online.
(b)   Your license has not been expired for more than one year.
(c)    You have obtained at least 12 hours of continuing education since your last renewal.*
(d)   Your license number and social security number match the information on file at the Board’s office.
(e)    You are not in default on a guaranteed student loan.
(f)    You are not in default of any court-ordered child support payments.
(g)   You have not been convicted of a felony since your last renewal.

If you do not meet the above conditions, you are ineligible to renew online and must submit your renewal form, fees, and other documentation as required by mail.

Please enter the following information in the continuing education fields:
      Enter “Exempt” in the Course Title field.
      Enter “0” in the Course Hours field.
Enter today’s date in the Course Date field.

CE for More than One License:
If you hold more than one type of license with this Board, each license is required to be renewed separately online.  However, if you are renewing both licenses one after the other, after you have entered the CE information for the first license, then when you come to the CE requested information for the second license:
      Under Course Name provide just the number of the first license renewed,
      Under Course Hours indicate the total number of hours,
      Under Date add today’s date.

Name Change:
If you have a name change, before you renew your license online, you must submit copies of legal documents indicating the name change to the Board’s office.  Please allow two weeks for the Board to process these changes before attempting to renew online.

$200 Professional Fee Exemption:
If you are claiming exemption from the $200 professional fee because you work exclusively in an exempt setting, you must fax or mail the Statement of Exemption form to the Board’s office prior to renewing online.  Please allow two weeks for the Board to process this form before attempting to renew online.  Exemption Form

Late Fees:
If you are renewing a license which has expired (but not for more than one year), you will be charged the following fees:

Licensed Specialists in School Psychology:
      One to 90 days                        $105
      91 days to less than one year $210

All other License Types:
      One to 90 days                        $300
      91 days to less than one year  $600

 

(2)    Instructions for Accessing the Online Renewal Application System

If you choose to renew online, you must first register an account with the online renewal application system.

Please note that this is a new system as of May 31, 2011, and therefore if you registered on the former online system it will NOT carry over to the new system.  You must register again.

ALERT: for licensees who completed their last online renewal using this new online system,  you have already registered an account with this new system and therefore  may disregard the following instructions (a)-(e).  Begin the online renewal process by clicking on the Link to Online Renewal and use your existing email and password as entered for your last online renewal.

This new registration is a one-time only process.  

(a)    You will need an email address to register, and this email address will become your User ID.
(b)   A temporary password will be sent to this email address, and you will be asked to select a new password when you first attempt to login.
(c)    Once you have registered an account, and logged into the system, you may add your license(s) to your registered account.  There are two license types to choose from:
            a.       Psychology - LP, PLP, LPA (licensed psychologist, provisionally licensed psychologist, licensed psychological associate), or
            b.      Psychology – LSSP (licensed specialist in school psychology).
If you have more than one license with this Board, you can add both licenses at the same time, by selecting either one of the above options.
(d)   Information needed in order to register online:
             a.       Social Security Number (no dashes)
             b.      Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy), and
             c.       Zip code (from address of record).
             ·         If any of the information you enter does not match the data currently in the system, you will not be able to establish an account and will need to contact the Board office during normal business hours.
             ·         If your current address of record does not have a zip code (foreign address) you    CANNOT use the online renewal system.  You must download the paper renewal form and continuing education form from the Board’s website and mail it in with your fee.
             ·         The zip code you enter must match EXACTLY the one the Board has on file as your address of record.  If it includes a 4 digit extension, then it must be entered as   such.  If it does not include a 4 digit extension, then it cannot be entered with one.  You can find the Board’s current address of record on your current annual license permit.  If you do not have access to this document, you may use the Public Search feature of the online renewal system to access your current address of record with this Board.
(e)    Once you have registered an account and added your license(s) to this registration, you may begin the renewal application process.

Link to Renew Online

B.     Renewal with Paper Renewal Forms

All renewal forms and the renewal fee must be submitted to the Board with a postmark on or before the expiration date of the license.
Click on links to download paper renewal forms for submission by mail to the Board:

Renewal Form (all licensure types)
CE Declaration Form ( all licensure types)

$200 Professional Fee Exemption:
Licensed and provisionally licensed psychologists who work exclusively in an exempt facility may submit the $200 professional fee exemption form with their paper renewal. Exemption Form

II.               General Information about Renewal

A.    Continuing Education:
All licensees are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education units annually in accordance with the Act and Rules.  Beginning with June 2004 renewals, three (3) of the 12 hours must be in ethics, the Board’s Rules of Conduct, or professional responsibility.

Failure to submit the required continuing education within 45 days after the expiration date of the license will result in the filing of a complaint against the licensee and an investigation by the Board and an administrative fine of at least $500.  The complaint is investigated, regardless of whether the licensee eventually complies with the continuing education requirements and/or the renewal process.

B.     Audits:
Ten percent of each type of license is audited automatically on a random basis by the computer each month.  These licensees are required to submit proof of their continuing education with their declaration form and their renewal form and fees.  It is possible for a licensee to be audited two years or more in succession, even though the audits are randomly generated.  Also, an irregularity in complying with the continuing education requirement could result in a manual audit for which the licensee must submit proof of the continuing education received.

C.    Late Fees:
A licensee who does not renew his or her license by the expiration date is subject to penalty fees when the license is renewed.  However, after one year, a non-renewed (delinquent) license may not be renewed and is void.  A licensee may not practice legally with a non-renewed license.

D.    Act and Rules:
Requirements for renewals are set by the Act and by Board Rules.  After reading the Act and Rules, if licensees still have questions about the renewal process they should contact the Board office.

E.     Policy on Ethics Course Guidelines:
         (A)Ethics Course Guidelines for Psychologists and Providers:
           (1)   Material suitable for CE credit is that which reflects on the directives of the TSBEP and/or the guidelines established by APA, NASP, or other organizations of professional psychologists.  Courses that focus on bases for ethical decision making and/or problem-solving with diverse groups, contexts and situations are particularly relevant to this category of CE.
           (2)   Professional Ethics concerns conduct and practice when engaged in professional work.  Any code may be considered to be formalization of experience into a set of rules.  A professional group adopts a code in order to define and promote the purposes and activities – ethical boundaries are established in order to regulate practice in a way that is acceptable to its incumbents.
           (3)   Codes of Ethics are concerned with a range of issues designed to set out the ideals and responsibilities of the profession.  Ethics requirements are intended to provide assistance in determining appropriate decision-making and behavior, improve consistency, and provide a minimum acceptable level of practice.
           (4)   Examples of acceptable continuing education courses/topics could include:  “Update on new and revised TSBEP rules” or “Informed consent with geriatric populations.”  Examples of unacceptable continuing education courses/topics include: “Diagnostic indicators for …” or “Medical model implications for the practice of psychology.”
        (B)  The following may be considered by the Board Staff in determining whether a particular continuing education course may be counted for the purposes of the ethics requirement:
           (1)   Does the title of the designated CE experience include the word or derivations of “ethics,” “legal,” “rules,” “regulation,” “risk management,” or other conceptually related terms?
           (2)   Does the title of the CE activity suggest that the focus was to enhance or improve practice that is consistent with lawful, regulated and/or ethical practice of psychology (as opposed to new, elaborated or improved techniques of practice)?
           (3)   Is it clear from the title or course description (for audited CEs) that the course or activty was designed to enhance or upgrade professional skills or knowledge relative to ethical practice of psychology as regulated by the Rules of TSBEP?