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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.   


If you need to change the license type for an application already submitted, Please contact Board staff through the LIST portal to request an update.  LIST is available via the following link:  If you are unable to log in, please contact Board staff at (512) 305-7030 or at for assistance.