COVID-19 Disaster Response – Retired Physicians Returning to Active Status
Texas resident retired physicians seeking a return to active status whose license has been placed on official retired status for less than four years are encouraged to apply for licensure to help during the pendency of this disaster.
To request to come out of retired status to assist with the disaster response, please complete and return the form below. To allow for expedited processing of these requests, the form below requires:
- the physician’s name;
- the physician's Texas medical license number;
- current mailing address and contact information;
- proposed practice location;
- intended type of medical practice; and
- any other medical licenses held
Please send completed form to the Registrations Department: Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.
Physician options for full and partial retirement are listed below.
Please see the FAQs at the bottom of the page for more information.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Registration Department at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.
My physician license is currently in a retired status. How to I return it to an active status so I can practice?
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. Please contact the Registration department for information on the approval procedure.
Are there any additional requirements that I need to complete before I request to return my retired physician license to an active status?
To return to practice from retired status, a physician must obtain approval of the Board after submitting a written request. Please contact the Registration department for information on the approval procedure.
If the request is granted, it may be granted without conditions or subject to such conditions which the board determines are necessary to adequately protect the public. Requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Below are some examples of conditions that may be required (alone or in combination) to return a retired license to an active status:
- limitation of the practice of the requestor to specified activities of medicine and/or exclusion of specified activities of medicine;
- passage of the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX);
- remedial education, including but not limited to a mini-residency, fellowship or other structured program;
- passage of the Medical Jurisprudence Examination; and/or
- such other remedial or restrictive conditions or requirements which, in the discretion of the board, are necessary to ensure protection of the public and minimal competency of the applicant to safely practice medicine.
Is there an exemption for retired physicians providing voluntary charity care?
Yes. A retired physician whose only clinical practice is the provision of voluntary charity care to indigent populations shall be exempt from the registration fee but must register the license as well as report CME. The physician's practice of medicine must not include the provision of medical services for either direct or indirect compensation which has monetary value of any kind and the physician's practice is limited to voluntary charity care to indigent populations and receives no direct or indirect compensation of any kind for medical services rendered. Also, the physician's practice cannot include the provision of medical services to family members or the self-prescribing of controlled substances or dangerous drugs. A physician who violates the provisions of this exemption may be subject to disciplinary action. Action may be based on unprofessional or dishonorable conduct likely to deceive, defraud, or injure the public if the physician engages in the compensated practice of medicine, provides medical services to members of the physician's family, or self-prescribes controlled substances or dangerous drugs. Additionally, a physician who attempts to obtain this exemption by submitting false or misleading statements shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the Medical Practice Act, in addition to any civil or criminal actions provided for by the state or federal law.
Is there an inactive status for physicians in Texas?
Not at this time.
Is there a retired status for physicians in Texas?
Yes. A physician on an official retired status is exempt from the registration fee. To be eligible for retired status, a physician's license cannot be under investigation, under a Board order, or be otherwise restricted. Physicians on a retired status must not engage in clinical activities or practice in any state, must not prescribe or administer drugs to anyone, nor may the physician possess a DEA or Texas controlled substance number. Additionally, the physician's license may not be endorsed to any state. A physician whose license has been placed on official retired status must obtain the approval of the board before returning to active status. The physician should contact the board for information on the approval procedure.