RENEWAL OF LICENSE
Licensees are required to renew their license to practice psychology on an annual basis. At least 30 days in advance of their renewal date, licensees are mailed a reminder postcard to remind them that they need to renew their license. The postcards are printed and addressed according to the name and contact information set forth in the licensee’s professional file, thus licensees are encouraged to keep their professional file current in accordance with Board rule 461.6.
According to Board rule 465.7, licensees must display their current renewal permit alongside their license, in a conspicuous place in the principle office where they practice. Therefore, licensees should submit their renewals in a timely manner so that they receive their renewal permits before the expiration of their licenses.
Licensees are encouraged to renew their license online during normal business hours and well in advance of the deadline. This will ensure that licensees have access to Board staff to assist them should they encounter difficulties while renewing. It also serves to ensure that licensees have an opportunity to reattempt renewal in the event they encounter technical difficulties.
A licensee who does not renew his or her license by the expiration date is subject to the late renewal fees set forth in Board rule 473.4. A license that is not renewed within 1 year of the expiration date will go void. A licensee may not engage in the practice of psychology on a delinquent license.
PUBLIC PROFILES OF LICENSED PSYCHOLOGISTS
Licensed Psychologists must review and update their profiles annually. This should be done online before beginning the renewal process. To update your online profile, please click on the following link: Professional Profiles. This requirement does not apply to Provisionally Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Psychological Associates, and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS NEEDED FOR RENEWAL
Pursuant to Board rule 461.11, licensees are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of professional development during each year they hold a license. The hours must be directly related to the practice of psychology. Of these 20 hours, a minimum of 3 hours must be in the area(s) of ethics, Board Rules of Conduct, or professional responsibility. The Board’s policy on ethics hours may be accessed by clicking on the following link: Ethics Course Guidelines. Also, out of the 20 required hours, another 3 hours must be in the area of cultural diversity. Areas of cultural diversity include, but are not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social economic status. Lastly, at least half of the required 20 hours must be obtained from or endorsed by a provider listed in Board rule 461.11(c)(3). Please note, pursuant to Board rule 461.11(b), the Board does not pre-approve professional development hours.
Failure to submit the required professional development hours within 45 days after your renewal date will result in a complaint being filed against you by the Board. You must show the required professional development hours for the year preceding your renewal date, even if you do not intend to renew your license. In the event that you do not wish to renew a license, but need to report professional development hours, you may download the Board’s Professional Development Declaration Form for Those Not Seeking Renewal by clicking on the link to the Board’s Forms webpage at the left, and selecting the form for download. Hours not needed for the current renewal year, may not be carried over to a subsequent renewal year, unless the hours are accumulated during your renewal month and are not needed to meet the current year’s requirements. Hours may not be divided and used for two years’ professional development requirements.
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 professional development hours with 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 professional development requirements could result in a manual audit for which the licensee must submit proof of the professional development received.
METHODS FOR RENEWING LICENSE
Licensees may renew their license in one of two ways, online or by mailing in the Board’s Renewal Form. Licensees wanting to pay by credit card must use the online renewal method.
A. Online Renewal
(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 (i.e. become delinquent) for more than one year.
(c) You have obtained at least 20 hours of professional development in compliance with Board rule 461.11 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 student loan guaranteed by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, or a repayment agreement.
(f) You are not in default on any court-ordered child support payments.
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.
(2) Instructions for Accessing the Online Renewal System
If you choose to renew online, you must first register an account with the online renewal system, if you have not already done so. The registration is a one-time only process.
To register for the online renewal 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. 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 your current address of record with the Board on your annual renewal permit, or you may use the Public Search feature of the online renewal system to access your current address of record.
If your current address of record does not have a zip code, e.g. foreign address, you cannot use the online renewal system. You must download the paper renewal form from the Board’s website and mail it in with your fee.
(e) Once you have registered an account and added your license(s) to this registration, you may begin the renewal application process.
(3) Special Instructions for Reporting Professional Development Hours Online
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 professional development information for the first license, then when you come to the requested professional development information for the second license, you should proceed as follows:
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.
To begin the online renewal process, click on the following link: Online Renewals.
B. Renewal with Paper Renewal Forms
Licensees may download the Board’s paper Renewal Form by clicking on the link to the Board’s Forms webpage at the left, and selecting the form for download. Renewal forms and fees must be submitted to the Board with a postmark on or before the expiration date of the license.