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Acupuncturist Registration/Renewal

New biennial renewal process: 

As of September 2018 Acupuncturist Registration/Renewal will begin the process of renewing biennially (every 2 years).

To activate your license for the first time, you need to pay your first time registration fee within 90 days of your license issue date.  To maintain an active license you will need to renew your registration biennially.

In order to stagger the roll out of the biennial renewals, all licensed Acupuncturists are being separated out into 2 groups.  Licenses ending with an even number will register for 2 years in 2018.  Licenses ending with an odd number will register for one year in 2018 and then register for two years in 2019.  Once the roll out is complete, even license numbers will continue to renew in even years, and odd license numbers will renew in odd years.

At this time, initial Acupuncture registration may not be completed online.  Acupuncturists can complete subsequent renewals online 60 days prior to expiration. Registration reminders will be sent out at least 60 days in advance of the expiration date.

 

For any questions related to the new Acupuncture biennial renewal, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us using the subject line: “AC renewal”, and please also include your license number.  This will help us route your request appropriately for a faster response.

 

New criminal history background check requirement: 

As of 9/1/2019, criminal history background checks through the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are required prior to registration for current licensees.  Detailed information is in the tabs below.

  • CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS:

    • The fingerprint background check will be required prior to the completion of your registration/renewal, per the statutory requirement set out in HB 1504, which updates Texas Occupations Code, Sec 205.2515,unless you were fingerprinted for your acupuncture licensure application after 1/15/2018.
    • Applicants or licensees who were fingerprinted prior to 1/15/2018 are not part of the current FBI civil rap back system. At this time, the only way to ensure that individuals who were printed prior to this date have a full criminal history background check, is to submit fingerprints for evaluation.

    Note: Fingerprint results will not be REQUIRED until your renewal. Reminders of the fingerprint requirement will be included in the renewal notice sent out 90 days prior to your current expiration date.  

    Additional fingerprint results are not required for subsequent renewals or if you were fingerprinted for your acupuncture licensure application after 1/15/2018.

     

    • Please note that the criminal history results can take 4-6 weeks for processing. Instructions getting your finger prints done are listed under the tab “Fingerprints”.
    • As results can take weeks to receive, we encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible.
    • A Board issued 6-digit ID number is required for submitting your fingerprints. This 6-digit ID number is assigned at the time of application submission. This 6-digit ID number will be included in your renewal reminder.  If you wish to submit your fingerprints early, please contact us at Registraitons@tmb.state.tx.us and request your 6 digit ID number for your fingerprint submission.
    • Per Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 50.12, FBI fingerprinting reports are only allowed to be used for the purposes requested. Therefore, we are not able to access fingerprint results that were submitted to another agency. If you have been previously fingerprinted for another license or by another agency, we apologize for the inconvenience; however, you will still be required to submit the fingerprint criminal history background prior to the next registration/renewal of your license.

    Physician, Physician Assistant and several other licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks.  Fingerprinting services are provided by MorphoTrust USA for a fee (see "Current fees" below), payable directly to MorphoTrust USA. Results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to TMB both from the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Please note – applicants for initial licensure should not submit fingerprints for review until after they have submitted the online application.

    Live Scan Fingerprinting – Only Available in Texas

    If you are in Texas, or reside out of state but can schedule a time to be in Texas, you may make an appointment for a live scan (a process that captures fingerprints without the use of ink), at locations throughout the state of Texas.

     

    1. Schedule an appointment to be electronically fingerprinted by MorphoTrust USA at one of their IdentoGo enrollment centers.

    • Internet based scheduling is the quickest and most convenient way to obtain a fingerprint appointment.
      1. You may begin the process now by simply clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G62J and then;
      2. click “Schedule or Manage Appointment”;
      3. complete all required fields on the following page;
      4. Enter your Board issued 6 digit ID#* with “MB-“ in front – example: MB-777777 
      5. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you are not required to bring the form to your visit.
    • If you prefer to schedule over the telephone, you must:
      1. First have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form (Fingerprint Service Code form);
      2. Then call 888.467.2080;
      3. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call –MorhphoTrust will prompt you for the Service Code (11G62J) on the form;
      4. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you are not required to bring the form to your visit.

    2. Arrive at your scheduled appointment with your photo identification and fee

    • If you plan on bringing a form of identification other than a valid (unexpired) TX Driver License, please refer to the Department of Public Safety’s acceptable document types here: DPS - Documents to Prove Identity for Fingerprinting
    • MorphoTrust accepts Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, business checks, money orders and coupon codes (employer accounts) at the time of service.
    • Please note that personal checks and cash are not accepted.

    3. Your fingerprints will be submitted electronically to DPS and the FBI. You will not receive a printed fingerprint card.

    4. At the conclusion of your appointment, the MorphoTrust enrollment agent will provide you with an IdentoGo receipt stating that you were fingerprinted.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

    Please note: If you choose to schedule fingerprinting online, please ensure that you use the TMB service code as, by law, we cannot use fingerprint results that were sent to another agency. If you have accidentally selected another agency, prior to your appointment you will need to visit www.identigo.com, select the state where you would like to schedule your fingerprinting session, Online Scheduling, Begin Registration, and then select “I have an existing appointment I would like to change.”

     

    Hard-Copy Fingerprinting – For Use Outside of Texas

    If you reside outside of Texas and cannot schedule an appointment in Texas for a Live Scan, you must be fingerprinted in ink on a card (only cards provided by the Texas Medical Board are acceptable) at a local law enforcement agency, and must then submit the card directly to MorphoTrust USA to be digitally scanned and processed.

     

    1. Request a fingerprint card by contacting the Texas Medical Board at Screen-CIC@tmb.state.tx.us if you are an applicant, or at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us if you are a licensee.

    2. Pre-enroll with MorphoTrust USA to submit fingerprint cards.

    • Internet based pre-enrollment is the quickest and most convenient way to submit fingerprint cards.
      1. You may begin the process now by simply clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G62J and then;
      2. Click “Submit a Fingerprint Card by Mail”;
      3. complete all required fields on the following page;
      4. Enter your Board issued 6 digit ID#* with “MB-“ in front – example: MB-777777
      5. complete all required fields on the following pages.
      6. On the next screen, click the “Pay for Ink Card Submission” button and complete all required fields on the following page;
      7. Complete payment screen;
      8. Print the confirmation document containing a bar code and complete by signing the waiver and filling in contact information;
      9. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow mail-in directions on the confirmation document.
    • If you prefer to pre-enroll over the telephone, you must:
      1. First have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form (Fingerprint Service Code form );
      2. Then call 888.467.2080
      3. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call –MorhphoTrust will prompt you for the Service Code (11G62J) on the form;
      4. Inform the MorhpoTrust representative that you wish to pre-enroll for a “hard card submission”;
      5. Once payment is complete a summary confirmation document will be emailed to you;
      6. Print the confirmation document and complete by signing the waiver and filling in contact information;
      7. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow mail-in directions on the confirmation page.

    3. Obtain a copy of your fingerprints by a criminal law enforcement agency on an original FBI APPLICANT fingerprint card. ALL requested information must be provided on the fingerprint card and you and the official taking the fingerprints must sign the card. ONLY CARDS PROVIDED BY THE TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD ARE ACCEPTABLE.

    4. All fingerprints MUST be captured by a law enforcement agency.

    5. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions found on the MorphoTrust Pre-Enrollment Confirmation Page that you previously printed and completed.

    6. Wait for a receipt from MorphoTrust USA.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

     

     

    Fingerprinting – Current fees

    As of 01/01/2019 the fee for fingerprinting is $38.25.  This fee includes the fingerprint vendor processing fee, DPS processing fee and FBI processing fee.

     

    * What is a Board issued 6-digit ID#?
    This number, assigned to you at the time you submitted your application for licensure, for physicians can be found online through LIST (Licensure Inquiry System of Texas) or for all other applicants through contacting the Texas Medical Board Consumer and Application Resources (CAR) Department at (512) 305-7030 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.

    Once the Board has issued you an official license number, you will have 90 days to register and activate your license.  Failure to register will result in penalty fees, and after one year, license cancellation.

    Initial registration is completed via hardcopy forms sent to the licensee shortly after issuance and subsequent renewals can be completed online.

     

    Please note: You must complete registration and pay the fee within 90 days of the date your license was issued to avoid penalty fees.  If you have not registered your license within 90 days of your license issue date, a penalty fee equal to ½ the registration fee will be assessed.  If you have not registered your license within 120 days of your license issue date, the penalty fee will increase to a fee equal to a full registration fee.  If you do not register within 12 months of the date of issuance of your license, your license will be considered canceled.

     

    First Registration Fee $171.25 - $671.00

    The Board assigns a first registration period. These vary in length from 6 to 24 months. First time registration fees are prorated accordingly. Subsequent registrations will be two years in length and will be due on the same day each year.

     

    Initial Registration Fee prorated amounts, as of September 2018:

    First registration of 6 months - $171.25

    First registration of 9 months - $254.38

    First registration of 12 months - $337.50

    First registration of 15 months - $420.63

    First registration of 18 months - $504.75

    First registration of 21 months - $587.88

    First registration of 24 months - $671.00

     

    The initial registration fee includes a $5 Office of Patient Protection fee for the first year, with an additional $1 charged for any subsequent year. This fees are required by statute and cannot be pro-rated. The remaining amount is required by the Acupuncture Board and prorated for each permit length.

     

    These fees are included in the prices listed above, and explained in more detail in the chart below.

     

    Initial Biennial Registration

    Length of Permit

    Agency Fee

    Ofc Pt Prot Fee

    Total

    6 months

     $166.25

     $5.00

     $171.25

    9 months

     $249.38

     $5.00

     $254.38

    12 months

     $332.50

     $5.00

     $337.50

    15 months

     $415.63

     $5.00

     $420.63

    18 months

     $498.75

     $6.00

     $504.75

    21 months

     $581.88

     $6.00

     $587.88

    24 months

     $665.00

     $6.00

     $671.00

    As of  September 2018 the biennial fee for subsequent biennial registrations is $667.00 per renewal. This rate can be changed by the legislature, however, at any time in the future.

    The biennial registration fee includes a $2 Office of Patient Protection fee. This fee is required by statute. The remaining $665 is the fee required by the Acupuncture Board.

     

    These fees are included in the price listed above, and explained in more detail in the chart below.

     

    In order to stagger the roll out of the biennial renewals, all licensed Acupuncturists are being separated out into 2 groups. 

    Licenses ending with an even number will register for 2 years in 2018.  Licenses ending with an odd number will register for one year in 2018 and then register for two years in 2019.  Once the roll out is complete, even license numbers will continue to renew in even years, and odd license numbers will renew in odd years.

     

    Subsequent Registration

    Length of Permit

    Agency Fee

    Ofc Pt Prot Fee

    Total

    12 months

    $332.50

    $1.00

    $333.50

    24 months

    $665.00

    $2.00

    $667.00

     

    For any questions related to the new Acupuncture biennial renewal, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us using the subject line: “AC renewal”, and please also include your license number.  This will help us route your request appropriately for a faster response.

    Online registration:

    At this time, initial Acupuncture registration may not be completed online.

    No financial information is seen, processed, or stored by the Texas Medical Board.

    The payment portion of the online registration system is handled by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas.  The price of this service includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State.  Texas.gov will remit the amount paid to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners on your behalf.

     

    Please note that as of 9/1/2015 Texas.gov will charge a different amount depending on the type of online payment service used.

    Ex:            $667.00 Registration fee due          

                     $682.27 Total amount charged on credit card

     

    Ex:            $667.00 Registration fee due

                     $667.00 Total amount charged through electronic check

     

    Non-online (paper) registration:

    An additional processing fee of $50 will be charged to those licensees who choose to register through a paper form, when an online option is available.  If an online option is not available (ex: license is delinquent or suspended at the time of registration) the additional processing fee will not be required.

     

    To request a hard copy registration form, please contact the Registration Department at registrations@tmb.state.tx.us or (512) 305-7030.

     

    Delinquency fees

     

    Initial Registration – If you have not registered your license within 90 days of your license issue date, a penalty fee equal to half of the registration fee will be assessed.  If you have not registered your license within 120 days of your license issue date, the penalty fee will increase to a fee equal to a full registration fee.  If you do not register within 12 months of the date of issuance of your license, your license will be considered canceled.

     

    Subsequent Registrations - There is no grace period for the expiration date of an acupuncture license. Once the expiration date has occurred, penalty fee equal to one half of the registration fee will be added.  After 90 days, the penalty fee will increase to equal a full registration fee. If a license has been expired for one year or longer it is automatically cancelled.

    Please note that the Board does not have a “zero balance receipt” that shows that a licensee has a zero balance or that licensee registration has been paid in full, nor can we provide an individualized billing statement of the amount due to complete license registration/renewal. 

     

    Online Registration:

    Please remember that the payment portion of the online registration system is handled by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas.  A printable receipt will be provided at the end of the online registration process. In addition, a confirmation of payment receipt will be emailed to the address given as part of the Texas.gov payment process.

    Additional copies of the receipt will be provided by request only. Submit your request to Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us . Please include your full name, license number, date of payment, and amount paid.

     

    Non-online (paper) registration:

    A receipt will be provided by request only. Submit your request to Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us . Please include your full name, license number, date of payment, and amount paid.

    NEW - TMB Transitions to electronic licenses


    The Texas Medical Board is transitioning to electronic licenses for a more paperless experience and to allow for enhanced licensee control.   As of September 1, 2019 the Board will no longer issue paper licenses after a completed registration/renewal for the following license types:

    • Physician (including telemedicine, administrative, conceded eminence and public health)
    • Physician Assistant
    • Acupuncturist
    • Acudetox
    • General Medical Radiologic Technologist
    • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
    • Non-Certified Radiologic Technician
    • Respiratory Care Practitioner
    • Medical Physicist
    • Perfusionist

     

    What does this mean for licensees renewing their licenses on or after September 1, 2019?

    Once your registration/renewal is complete, please allow 2 business days for processing.  After that time, you will be able to log into your MyTMB account and view, save or print a copy of your active license.  In addition, after September 1, 2019, you will be able to use the same system to view, save or print a copy of your active license as needed.

     

    Please note that primary source verification regarding licensure status is always available to anyone, including licensees’ employers, via the TMB website through Look up a License.