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Expedited Handling for Certain Psychiatry Applicants

Senate Bill 674 has authorized expediting handling of licensure applications for physician applicants practicing in the field of psychiatry or a psychiatric subspecialty.  In order for an applicant to qualify for expedited status they must meet the following requirements –


  • hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by another state;
  • board certification in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) or the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP); and
  • meet all eligibility requirements for licensure under § 155.003(e) of the Medical Practice Act.


Applicants who qualify for expedited status will receive priority processing/handling of their applications, mail and inquiries. The application fee and licensure requirements are the same as that for a full medical license.  Please refer to the Eligibility Checklist for a list of general requirements for licensure in Texas (please note this list is not a guarantee of eligibility).  


When submitting your online application please indicate your psychiatric specialty or sub-specialty on the application.  You will also need to submit a copy of your ABPN or AOBNP certificate reflecting certification in psychiatry or an acceptable psychiatric sub-specialty.  Certificates can be faxed to 888-550-7516.