The retired status exempts physicians from the registration process, registration fee, and CME.
The following restrictions apply to physicians whose licenses are on retired status:
- the physician cannot engage in clinical activities or practice medicine in any state;
- the physician cannot prescribe or administer drugs to anyone, nor may the physician possess a Drug Enforcement Agency or Texas controlled substances registration;
To be eligible for retired status, a physician's license cannot be under investigation, under a Board order, or be otherwise restricted.
To return to practice from retired status, a physician must obtain approval of the Board after submitting a written request. If a physician has been on official retired status for two years or longer, the request must be reviewed by the Licensure Committee of the Board.
To request retired status, complete and return the retirement request form (link below) to the Board for approval before the expiration date of the current registration permit. Refunds of registration fees already paid cannot be made.
If a physician is ineligible for retired status, biennial registration, including the fee and CME, are required to keep the license current.
Voluntary Charity Care Status
Retirement Request Form (PDF)
The voluntary charity care status exempts retired physicians, whose only practice is the provision of voluntary charity care, from the registration fee and reduces the informal CME requirement.
"Voluntary charity care" is defined as medical care provided for no compensation to indigent populations; in medically underserved areas; or for a disaster relief organization. “Compensation" is defined as direct or indirect payment of anything of monetary value, except payment or reimbursement of reasonable, necessary, and actual travel and related expenses.
The following restrictions apply to physicians practicing under voluntary charity care permits:
- the physician's practice of medicine cannot include the provision of medical services for either direct or indirect compensation which has monetary value of any kind;
- the physician's practice of medicine is limited to voluntary charity care for which the physician receives no direct or indirect compensation of any kind for medical services rendered;
- the physician's practice of medicine cannot include the provision of medical services to members of the physician's family; and
- the physician's practice of medicine cannot include the self-prescribing of controlled substances or dangerous drugs
A physician on voluntary charity care status must still obtain and report continuing medical education, except that the number of credits of informal CME is reduced from 24 credits to 20 credits per biennium.
To request voluntary charity care status, complete and return the voluntary charity care request form (link below) to Board for approval before the expiration date of the current registration permit. Refunds of registration fees already paid cannot be made.
If the physician does not qualify for this status, notification will be sent and the biennial registration fee must be paid to keep the medical license current.
Voluntary Charity Care Request Form (PDF)
If you have any questions, please contact Pre-Licensure, Registration and Consumer Services (PRC) at 512-305-7030.