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Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Transition Plan

Senate Bill 202 became effective on September 1, 2015. That bill has mandated the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities”. This plan has been completed and is now in effect.  Several important steps in this plan will occur over the next several weeks related to the following programs:   Massage TherapyCode Enforcement OfficersSanitariansOffender EducationLaser Hair Removal, and  Mold Assessment and Remediation.

  • As of October 13, 2017, licensees and applicants will not have access to VERSA Online, the online portal for licensing application and renewal, for programs which had this capability previously.  DSHS will cease initial licensing and renewal activities, and the application forms will no longer be available on the website.
  • As of October 20, 2017, DSHS will cease all licensing functions (including entry of new applications), in order to transmit licensing data to TDLR. This is necessary to ensure data integrity.
  • TDLR will begin licensing functions on November 1, 2017.  This means there will be a gap of approximately ten days during which neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions.  We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause, but it is essential from a data standpoint.

In an effort to avoid renewal problems during this transition, a 90-day license extension has been granted to all licenses that expire in October, November, December. Updated license cards and/or letters indicating the new renewal date have been sent out to licensees that initially were to expire in October and November.  The December licensees will receive theirs shortly.

Please go to TDLR’s  website for more information about the transition process.

Transitioning Programs

The following programs have moved to the Texas Medical Board (TMB) as of January 1, 2016. For information click on the program link below.
Medical Physicists Medical Radiologic Technologists
Respiratory Care Practitioners
The following programs have moved to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as of October 1, 2016. For information click on the program link below.  
Athletic Trainers Dietitians
Dyslexia Therapists and Dyslexia Practitioners
Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Instruments
Midwives Orthotics and Prosthetics
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The following programs have moved to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017. For information click on the program link below.
Abortion Facilities
Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Architectural and Engineering Review for Health Facilities
Birthing Centers
Chemical Dependency Counselors
Clinical Laboratories (CLIA), for Medicare Certification
Community Mental Health Centers Comprehensive Out-Patient Rehabilitation Facilities
Council on Sex Offender Treatment (CSOT)
End Stage Renal Disease Facilities
Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facilities Hospitals - General
Hospitals - Psychiatric & Crisis Stabilization Units
Hospitals - Special 
Laboratories - (CLIA)
Licensed Professional Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists Medical Waste Treatment Technologies  (Under Review)
Portable X-Ray Services Narcotic Treatment Clinics
Social Workers Rural Health Clinics
Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Special Care Facilities 
Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program (TYTAP) 
Texas Medical Disclosure Panel 
The following programs have moved to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as of November 1, 2017. For information click on the program link below.  
Code Enforcement Officers
Laser Hair Removal
Massage Therapy
Mold Assessment and Remediation
Offender Education

The Consumer Protection Division (CPD) oversees producers of consumer health goods and service providers to ensure public safety.

CPD’s top priority is REACH; we REACH to ensure the health and safety of Texans. We do so with:

  • Reliable rules and standards;
  • Efficient administration of activities;
  • Accountability to citizens and stakeholders;
  • Compliance actions when necessary; and
  • Help through technical advice and communication.

CPD has four areas of oversight:

  • Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems provides the vital link between sudden injury or illness and emergency medical care for all Texans.
  • Food and Drug Safety protects Texans from unnecessary illness and death by overseeing people and entities who provide ingestible, medical, and topical products to the public; or use processes (e.g. pasteurization, sterile drug manufacturing, tattooing) that, if done incorrectly, endanger the public. 
  • Radiation Control protects Texans from unnecessary exposure to radiation by overseeing those who produce and or use radiation or generate radioactive products. 
  • Environmental Health protects the public from potential long-term illnesses by ensuring environmentally hazardous materials are not unnecessarily endangered.

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) focuses on health programs that serve the general population.  As part of DSHS, the CPD promotes public health through oversight of individuals and entities that provide consumer health goods and services to the public. We provide statewide leadership to promote safe and healthy communities, working in partnership with other state, federal, and local agencies and organizations. 

With four areas of oversight, the CPD is well-positioned to provide excellent public health guidance, oversight and protections for all Texans.


We are located at the Exchange Building

8407 Wall Street  
Austin, TX 78754  
(512) 834-6790 

Location Map


Abortion Facilities
Abusable Volatile Chemicals Program
Agricultural (Field) Sanitation
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Program
Asbestos Program


Bloodborne Pathogen Control
Bottled and Vended Water


Campus Program for Minors
Certificates of Free Sale
Certified Food Manager Program
Chemicals, Abusable Volatile (AVC)  
Contact Lens Dispensing Permit Program
Controlled Substance Scheduling
Cottage Food Production  


Device Distributors and Manufacturers
Device Salvage Brokers and Establishments
Dietary Supplements
Drug Manufacturers and Distributors
Drug Retailers, Pseudoephedrine


Emergency Medical Care Facilities, Freestanding
EMS Provider Licensing
EMS -Trauma Systems  
Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine, Retail Certificate of Authority


Farmer's Markets
Field Sanitation
First Responder Organization Registration
Food Alerts and Recalls
Food Establishments Unit
Food Establishments, Mobile
Food Establishments, Retail
Food Establishments, Temporary
Food Handler Program
Food Manager Program, Certified
Food Manufacturers
Food Production, Cottage
Food Vendors, Roadside
Foods Unit
Foods Labeling
Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facilities


Hazard Communication Worker Right-to-Know Program
Hazardous Products Manufacturing  
Hotels, Motels, Travel Accommodations, Bed & Breakfasts


Industrial Radiographers


Laser and Laser Device Services
Lead Program, Environmental


Mammography Certification and Accreditation
Meat Safety Assurance Unit
Medical Advisory Board
Medical Devices Manufacturers and Distributors
Medical Devices, Salvage Brokers and Establishments
Medical Disclosure Panel, Texas
Milk Unit
Mobile Food Establishments   


Personal Emergency Response System Providers Program (PERS)
Physical Therapy or Speech Pathology Services, Out-Patient
Playground Safety
Pseudoephedrine Retailers
Public Health Sanitation Program
Public Nuisance Complaints
Public Restrooms
Public Swimming Pools and Spas


Radiation Control Program
Radioactive Materials Licensing
Radioactive Waste Shipping / Transporting
Restrooms, Public
Retail Standardization Program
Retail Food Establishments


Seafood and Aquatic Life Unit      
Swimming Pools and Spas, Public



Tanning Facilities
Tattoo and Body Piercing Studios
Temporary Food Establishments
Last updated March 8, 2019