Massage Therapy Licensing Program FAQs - Out of State Applicants

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How do I transfer my license from another state?
Is there a separate application for out of state applicants?
Do I have to live in Texas to apply for a license?
How do I know if the classes I have taken at an out of state massage school will count towards licensure?
What if I completed massage school in another country? Will you accept a foreign transcript for licensure?
I am moving to Texas from another state where I hold a license to practice massage therapy. Can I transfer my license? Is there reciprocity? How do I get a Texas license?
Can I work in Texas with just my national certification from NCBTMB?
Why do I need a Texas license as a massage therapist if I have a national license?
Will you accept my national or state exam score from another state? I do not want to retest.



How do I transfer my license from another state?
There is no “transfer”; you must submit the application form, fee, and all required items to receive a new Texas license.

Is there a separate application for out of state applicants?
No. All applicants complete the same form (online, or printed from our website and mailed). If you are licensed in another state, you will submit the out of state verification form with your application materials. You complete the top portion of the form, send it to your state licensing board, and your board completes the bottom portion of the form and returns the form to us.

Do I have to live in Texas to apply for a license?
No.

How do I know if the classes I have taken at an out of state massage school will count towards licensure?
A transcript evaluation is helpful if you are not sure whether or not we will accept your out of state school or specific classes you took in college. You may send us an original transcript (or a copy notarized as an exact copy of the original); course descriptions for the classes you wish us to consider for credit; and a written request for a transcript evaluation. There is no charge for this service. We will send you back a form showing the hours we will accept, which you can then take to a Texas massage school to enroll as a transfer student and take only the hours you lack for licensure.

Here's the address:

Massage Therapy Licensing Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347

A transcript evaluation is not required – if you apply for a license and your transcript lacks hours, you have one year from the date we received the application to take the additional hours and send us the transcript to complete your application.

What if I completed massage school in another country? Will you accept a foreign transcript for licensure?
We accept foreign transcripts only if they have been translated into English AND evaluated for US equivalency. Contact your local university or community college for a list of reputable foreign transcript evaluators. You will submit the original, the translation, and the evaluation to us when you apply.

I am moving to Texas from another state where I hold a license to practice massage therapy. Can I transfer my license? Is there reciprocity? How do I get a Texas license?
Here's the webpage with the application for licensure: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/mt_forms.shtm
It includes instructions for applicants who are licensed in another state (at the end of the packet).

Can I work in Texas with just my national certification from NCBTMB?
No. You need a Texas license to advertise or practice massage therapy. Here's the webpage with the application for licensure: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/mt_forms.shtm

Why do I need a Texas license as a massage therapist if I have a national license?
Your national certification from NCBTMB is a voluntary certification, and not a license. Licenses are issued by government entities and provide licensed professionals with specific authority (e.g. use of a protected title and/or a specific scope of practice). In Texas, a state license is required to advertise or practice massage therapy.

Will you accept my national or state exam score from another state? I do not want to retest.
We can accept a national exam score that is more than two years old, or a licensing examination taken in another state, ONLY if you have a current state license in good standing. You will need to submit a score report showing the date you took and passed the exam.

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Last updated October 16, 2013