image of caduceus
Application Process Overview

Senate Bill 202 transferred four occupational regulatory programs from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Medical Board (TMB). Medical Physicists, Medical Radiologic Technologists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Care Practitioners are now regulated by the TMB and each occupation’s respective board/advisory committee.

 

JP EXAM UPDATE: Medical Physicist and Perfusionist applicants are now able to access the original JP Exam though My TMB. Visit the online JP Exam page for more information: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/licensing-jp-exam

 

If you need to verify your existing active permit, you can do so on our website HERE.

 

If you have an active permit that was issued by DSHS, or if you have a permit that was issued by DSHS that has been expired for less than one year, you do not need to apply for a new one through the TMB.

Your information has been transferred, and you can find information regarding the Registration/Renewal process HERE.

 

As of October 7th, 2015 the TMB is accepting NEW applications for the Medical Physicists. During this transition process, please check our website regularly for updates.

 

  • If you have a pending application with the DSHS, those applications are in the process of being transferred to the TMB. Your new TMB licensure analyst will contact you by email regarding the status of your application once they have had an opportunity to review the existing information.
  • If you have an existing license or permit that was issued through the DSHS and need to request an upgrade, you will need to submit a new application, using the online system below.

 

The Licensure Department of the Texas Medical Board is committed to furthering the mission of the Board by ensuring quality healthcare for the citizens of Texas by upholding the standards set in statute and Board Rule, and by efficiently processing licensure applications.

 

Before You Apply

Please note that Texas has a two-step application process – pre-licensure and licensure. During pre-licensure, the applicant’s documents are collected and the applicant will be updated as to which documents have been received and are missing through regular mail or e-mail, if an address has been provided. Only after the initial documents have been received will your application be forwarded to the licensure step for processing. During licensure, a licensure analyst will review and verify all the information contained in the application and the supporting documentation. Additional information will be requested based on the review of your application and documentation.


Apply Online – Medical Physicists

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted regarding supplemental documentation requirements. Depending on your answers, some of the questions on the application will require you to download a supplemental form and submit it. Some of the forms must be sent to a third party, such as your liability carrier. Applicants must also take and pass the Jurisprudence Exam and submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks.

Your application will not be processed until the following documents have been received:

  • Fingerprints - licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks. 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.
  • Jurisprudence Exam - accessed through My TMB. For more information: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/licensing-jp-exam
  • National Practitioner Data Bank/Health Integrity Data Bank Self-Query Response - Contact the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank (HIPDB) at http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov and perform a self-query. Send either of the following to the TMB: (a) a copy of the paper self-query response mailed to you by HIPDB/NPDB; or, (b) a print out of the electronic version of the self-query response.
  • Certified Transcript from Program – Official copy of transcript sent by mail or fax from the program directly to TMB. ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Proof of Identify - Copy of birth certificate or passport.

Individual application processing time will vary based on the complexity of the application. The processing time clock begins when the applicant has submitted all initial documents and has moved to the second step. Factors that increase the processing time are answering “yes” to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.


Communication with the Board

Applications are submitted online, but additional information and supplemental forms may be submitted using the US Postal Service or a private overnight delivery service. Board staff will communicate with applicants by e-mail, if an address is provided, or by letter using the US Postal Service.

 

 

  • Application and Application-Related Fees

    Application Fee: The current base fee for a medical physicist application in Texas is $130.00. The entire fee must be submitted before your application can be assigned and processed.

    The application fee includes a $5 Office of Patient Protection fee. This fee is required by statute. The remaining $125 is the fee required by the TMB.

     

    Online application

    Application Type

    Agency Fee

    OPP

    Total charged

    Medical Physicist Application

    $ 125.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 130.00

    Medical Physicist Additional Specialty – Initial Application

    $ 50.00

     

    $ 50.00

    Medical Physicist Temporary Initial Application & License Fee

    $ 125.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 130.00

    Medical Physicist Additional Specialty – Initial Temporary

    $ 50.00

     

    $ 50.00

    Note – the fee for the additional specialty is charged per additional specialty (i.e. $50 for 1 additional specialty, $100 for 2 additional specialties, etc)

     

    Online Fees:

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

    The payment portion of the online application 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 Medical Board 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: $130.00 – Application fee due
          $133.18 – Total amount charged on Credit Card

    Ex: $130.00 – Application fee due
          $130.00 – Total amount charged through electronic check

     

    Physicians, Physician Assistants, and several other types of licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks. 

    Please note that having a criminal history does not automatically disqualify you from obtaining a license through the Texas Medical Board. For additional information please review the Texas State Auditor’s Guide to Applying for an Occupational License After Conviction or Deferred Adjudication.

    Fingerprinting services are provided through IdentoGo by IDEMIA (formerly known as MorphoTrust USA, LLC) for a fee (see the Fingerprinting FAQs below for the current fees), payable directly to IdentoGo. Results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to TMB from both the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

     

    July 10th, 2020 - The TMB has been notified that individuals are experiencing delays longer than 10 days for fingerprinting appointments around the state.  The DPS is working with the vendor to address the current situation, keeping in mind that the health and safety of the public and staff are priority.  Please know that the DPS is working with the vendor to address complications caused by the COVID-19 virus.

     

    Please be advised that taking a photo is part of the fingerprinting process and a requirement.  The Department of Public Safety has requested that IdentoGo maintain a 6’ distance when possible and prior to starting the appointment and that they inform the applicant it will be necessary to remove their mask for a photo.  If you choose not to remove your mask, the appointment may not proceed and you will be asked to reschedule your appointment for a later date.

     

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

    Specific instructions for fingerprinting will be provided through the LIST message system for Physician licensure applicants and by email for the following applicants:

     

    •          Physician Assistant
    •          Acupuncturist
    •          Acudetox
    •          Surgical Assistant
    •          Provisional License
    •          Medical Radiologic Technologist
    •          Limited Radiologic Technologist
    •          Respiratory Care Practitioner
    •          Non-Certified Radiological Technician
    •          Medical Physicist
    •          Perfusionist
    •          Criminal History Evaluation applicants

    Fingerprinting FAQs

    NEW - TMB Transitions to electronic licenses

    As a way of increasing efficiency in existing processes, while reducing costs, the Board has been developing innovations to its online licensing systems to create a better user experience with added features.

    The Board is pleased to announce it 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 upon issuance for the following license types:

    • 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 issued on or after September 1, 2019?

    Once your license is issued, 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 a licensure status is always available to anyone, including licensees’ employers, via the TMB website through Look up a License.

     

    What does this mean for licensees issued on or after September 1, 2019, who are not on the list above?

    The following license types have 90 days to register and activate your license, once the Board has issued you an official license number.  After September 1, 2019 you will be able to log into your MyTMB account and view, save or print a copy of your active license, once you have completed this initial registration of your new license.  Please allow 2 business days for processing.

    • Physician (including telemedicine, administrative, conceded eminence and public health)
    • Physician Assistant
    • Acupuncturist

     

    Any questions about the registration process, or the printing of your electronic license should be sent to Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.