Massage Therapy Licensing Program


Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that licenses and regulates massage therapists, massage therapy instructors, massage schools, and massage establishments in Texas. This website contains information about the regulation of massage therapy including licensing requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more.

Statement Regarding Closure of Institute of Beauty and Massage (formerly Austin Schools of Massage)

Important Notice:

The new rules have been approved and were adopted effective January 1, 2009.

Select this link for information about proposed rules, council meeting, and stakeholder meetings

Select this link for information about House Bill 2644, which became effective September 1, 2007

Online Search and Verification Now Available

Now you can perform a real-time search for licensees online, and you can even print a license verification. For more information, click the “Live Online Search Verification” link under the “Find A Licensee” heading to the left.

Draft Rule Language for Public Comment

The Department of State Health Services is requesting feedback on the draft rule language that is available via the following link. The draft language will implement Senate Bill 162 and House Bill 2254 of the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, regarding the licensing of active military members, military spouses, and military veterans.  The Massage Therapy section is available starting on page 29.  Comments on the draft may be submitted via email to Crystal Beard, Program Director, at  When emailing comments, please indicate “Comments on Massage Therapy Draft Rules” in the subject line. 

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Last updated April 17, 2014