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State of Texas Eliminates Licensing and Regulation of Seven Occupations/Businesses

A new state law, Senate Bill 202, was recently passed by the Texas Legislature. The new law becomes effective September 1, 2015. State law will no longer require a license issued by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for the following businesses and occupations:

  • Rendering businesses
  • Contact lens dispensers
  • Opticians
  • Bedding
  • Tanning facilities
  • Personal emergency response providers
  • Bottled and vended water certificates of competency

On and after July 1, 2015, DSHS will not issue new licenses or renew expiring licenses for these programs.

To learn more about Senate Bill 202, please select and enter SB202 in the search field.

DSHS will soon be notifying license holders and interested parties directly of this change in Texas law. If you have questions, please contact us via e-mail at

Elimination of Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)Registration Requirements Letter

Welcome to the home page of the DSHS licensing program for personal emergency response system (PERS) providers. PERS (also known as emergency alarms or fall alarms) are electronic devices which allow the user to send an instant call for help in case of an emergency to monitoring centers which can dispatch appropriate assistance. PERS providers and their employees were formerly licensed along with fire and burglar alarm systems by the Texas Commission on Private Security. House Bill 28 (Third Called Session, 2003) transferred all PERS licensing and regulation responsibilities to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). This transfer became effective on February 1, 2004. Please explore all links on this page and refer back to them, as many have been updated.  

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Last updated August 10, 2015