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 every two years.
Physicians can register online 60-90 days prior to expiration. Registration reminders will be sent out on postcards at least 60 days in advance of the expiration date.
Physician Specialty List - to be used with application and registration forms.
New criminal history background check requirement:
Criminal history background checks through the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are required prior to registration for most current physician licensees.
Below is more detailed information and some FAQs related to the fingerprinting process.
Fingerprinting requirement for physicians is a result of legislation passed during the 88th legislative session in 2023. Similar legislation was passed during previous sessions requiring physician assistants, surgical assistants and acupuncturists to be fingerprinted.
As of 1/1/2019 the fee for fingerprinting is $38.25. This fee includes the fingerprint vendor processing fee, DPS processing fee and FBI processing fee. There may be an additional fingerprint vendor processing fee if using an approved out-of-state live scan location. IdentoGo will inform you if the location selected is subject to this additional fee.
There is no financial gain for the TMB. The TMB participates in the DPS contract with IdentoGo by IDEMIA (formerly known as MorphoTrust USA, LLC) for the digital fingerprint system for criminal background checks on licensees and applicants. This contract is maintained by DPS and licensee and applicants pay a fee directly to the vendor for fingerprint services. No portion of the fee comes to or through the TMB.
Fingerprint results will not be REQUIRED until your renewal. Fingerprinting for physicians began with the February 2024 expiration dates. Licensees will receive advance notice from the TMB of when they should begin the process.
Yes, you can complete the fingerprint requirement at any point prior to your license expiration date. You do not need to wait for your expiration date. If you wish to submit your fingerprints early, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us and request your 6 digit ID number and instructions for your fingerprint submission.
*Please note that completing your fingerprints prior to your renewal period will NOT enable you to renew your license early. Your registration window will only open within 60-90 days of your license expiration date.
Not at this time. Fingerprinting services are provided through IdentoGo by IDEMIA (formerly known as MorphoTrust USA, LLC) for a fee, 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.
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 post card and email renewal reminders. If you wish to submit your fingerprints early, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us and request your 6-digit ID number and instructions for your fingerprint submission.
A Board issued 6-digit ID number is required for submitting your fingerprints. This ID number is assigned at the time of application submission. If you were assigned a 5-digit ID number at the time of your application submission, please use a leading zero when submitting your fingerprints. Example: ID number “12345” becomes “012345”.
The TMB service code for IdentoGo is only able to be provided directly to licensure applicants or existing licensees. The service code is provided in the detailed instructions that are part of the email renewal notice. If you have not received your email renewal notice, or you would like to complete the fingerprint requirement early, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us and we will provide you with your ID number, and instructions that include the TMB service code.
TMB is not legally able to receive fingerprint results for individuals who are not existing applicants or licensees, and is not able to publicly provide the service code. This is why we provide the service code directly to licensees in the detailed instructions that are part of the email renewal notice. If you have not received your email renewal notice, or you would like to complete the fingerprint requirement early, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us and we will provide you with your ID number, and instructions that include the TMB service code.
Per the instructions provided for setting up your appointment with IdentoGo, please be sure to enter your Board issued 6 digit ID number with “MB-“ in front, no spaces – example: MB-123456 or MB-012345
IdentoGo will inform you of whether your fingerprints have actually been rejected prior to that information being sent to the TMB and will direct you to be reprinted. For next steps on reprinting, please see the FAQ “My fingerprints were rejected. What is my next step?”
Applicants and Licensees are informed of their fingerprints being rejected by IdentoGo prior to that information being sent to the TMB. Fingerprints can be rejected by either DPS or the FBI, and there are different types of rejections. The next step in the process depends on the type and number of rejections. Should IdentoGo inform you that a reprint is required, please go through the IdentoGo website to set up a new appointment. They should have the rejection code that would allow you to reschedule for no additional fee.
Why do existing physicians, who were fingerprinted upon initial licensure, have to be fingerprinted again?
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.
Email renewal reminders are sent 60-90 days before the expiration date, from email@example.com. We recommend that you add this email address to your contacts list so they will not be lost. Please check your junk and spam mail for these notices if you are not receiving them. If you have any questions about the fingerprint requirements or the renewal process, please contact us at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.
Please note that the fingerprint background check results will be required prior to a license being able to access the online registration system. While processing times vary (average turnaround time is less than 10 business days), please note it can take 4-6 weeks for hard card submissions. If you believe that you should be able to access the online registration system, and you are not able to, please contact us a Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.
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.