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Professional Licensing and Certification Unit Home Page

The DSHS Professional Licensing and Certification Unit consists of twenty-three regulatory programs. The programs evaluate and issue credentials, administer examinations, monitor continuing education activities, conduct complaint investigations, impose disciplinary sanctions, and otherwise regulate a variety of health professions and related facilities in the State of Texas. For more on regulation, see the DSHS Regulatory Philosophy.

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Special message for military personnel, spouses, and veterans

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our active duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, is spreading the word to military personnel, their spouses, and veterans about licenses they may be eligible for and that may assist them in their search for work.

The Professional Licensing and Certification Unit provides regulatory oversight, including licensing and certification, for the 23 allied health occupations identified on this page. Military personnel or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training , knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. 

Military personnel , their spouses, and veterans who are interested in one of the PLCU occupations and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the contact information below or by clicking on the desired occupation for program specific contact information and a link to the program rules.

While a military service member is deployed minimum requirements for license renewal may be modified.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.

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When you select the link below, you will be taken to a live database search page to verify a license. You can also renew a professional license from this site. When you are finished searching, please use the back button of your browser to return to this website.

Please Note: On the search verification screen, you do not need to register, enter an ID, or password. However, if you are going to renew a professional license you do need to register, enter an ID, or password. Please select the link, "Public License Search," on the left side which will direct you to the search page.

To send an inquiry, select the desired program and go to Contact Us in the upper right hand corner. 

Or write us at:

Professional Licensing and Certification Unit
Texas Department of State Health Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Our phone number is 512-834-6628.

When you have finished reading this page, please click the correct menu item to return to the board or program home page, or click the BACK button in your browser to return to the previously viewed page.

Last updated November 8, 2017