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Reciprocity of Licensing and Registration - Radiation Control Program

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Overview

Reciprocity, also known as reciprocal recognition, is a required authorization to perform licensed activities in Texas for any person who holds a valid specific radioactive material license or certificate of registration. The license must be from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or any other agreement state or licensing state from the jurisdiction where you maintain an office and conduct the licensed activity.

In other words, we will accept or recognize a license or certificate of registration from another jurisdiction as meeting our licensing/registration requirements and allow the licensee/registrant to work in Texas once all the following requirements are met.


Radioactive Materials Licensing (RAM) Reciprocity Licensing

Do not wait until the last minute to request reciprocity. If you know you have a job in Texas give yourself, and us, enough time to process your request. We are aware that there are situations in which the time between the notification of a job and start date of a job is short. We will try to process your request, in as timely a manner as possible.

To help us process your request quickly, be sure to include all of the following information and submit it together. Where to mail info.

  • Check or money order for the appropriate fee, in accordance with Title 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter §289.204. The reciprocity fee is equal to what is charged Texas licensee's authorized for the same use;
  • A copy of a valid license or certificate of registration which authorizes the use of radioactive material/radiation machines at temporary job sites;
  • Current operating, safety and emergency procedures used to establish your license or registration;
  • Licensee/registrant is required to notify this Agency three days prior to entering Texas by completing and submitting the RC 252-3, Notification of Intent to Work in Texas Form (PDF, 27KB). This form can be faxed if details of the job are not know at the time of application; and
  • Complete the front and back of the RC 252-1, Business Information Form (PDF, 54KB) being sure to sign the front.

X-Ray Reciprocity Registration

The request for X-ray reciprocity shall include the following:

  1. Completed RC 226-1, Business Information Form (PDF, 24KB)
  2. Completed RC 226-3, Application for Registration of Industrial Radiation Machines (PDF, 32KB)
  3. Completed Notice of Intent to Work in Texas under Reciprocity form (see below)
  4. Completed qualification forms (RC Forms 255-E, 255-T and/or 255- OS) for each radiographer who will be working in Texas if the reciprocity request is for industrial radiography (IR/NDT) or RSO qualifications (RC 42-3) if non-IR reciprocity;
  5. Copy of the applicant’s current certificate of registration or equivalent document;
  6. Copy of the applicant’s current operating and safety procedures pertinent to the proposed use;
  7. Fee as specified in Title 25 Texas Administrative Code, §289.204(d); and

Send the above packet to:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Radiation Safety Licensing Branch
MC 2003
PO Box 149347
Austin TX 78714-9347

Once reciprocity is granted, the out of state registrant shall submit the appropriate form below at least 3 days prior to each entry into the state:

If the 3 day period will impose an undue hardship, the out-of-state registrant may obtain permission to proceed sooner.

If operating industrial radiography, submit your notice to Patricia Mackey by fax at (512) 834-6654. For assistance, call (512) 834-6770 ext. 2000.

If you have reciprocity registration questions, contact Karen Verser by email, or by phone at (512) 834-6688 ext. 2233.


Conditions of Reciprocity

  • Licensee / registrant is required to notify this Agency three days prior to entering Texas by completing and submitting the appropriate form below:
  • Reciprocity is valid for two years from the month you were granted the authorization. Authorization must be renewed every two years.
  • There is no limit to the number of days you can work in Texas during the year. However, if you establish a permanent location or site in Texas, you will need to apply for a Texas Radioactive Material License or Certificate of Registration.

Contact Information

Radioactive Material Reciprocity

Email: Keith Smith
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2215
Fax: (512) 834-6690

X-Ray Machine Reciprocity

Email: Karen Verser
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2233
Fax: (512) 834-6716

Fees

Email: Jackie Pursley
Phone: (512) 834-6688 ext. 2060
Fax: (512) 834-6716

Notification of Intent to Work in Texas

Radioactive Material and Industrial Radiography Notifications

Email: Patricia Mackey
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2000
Fax: (512) 834-6654

Other X-Ray Machine Notifications

Email: RadiationXRayInspections@dshs.state.tx.us
Phone: (512) 834-6770 ext. 2812
Fax: (512) 834-6622


Mailing Addresses

Regular Mailing Address:

Radioactive Materials Licensing Group
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347, Mail Code 2835
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

To Expedite Your Request, Via Overnight/Express Service
(We cannot accept any checks at this address):

Texas Department of State Health Services
Radioactive Materials Licensing Group
8407 Wall Street
Austin, TX 78754

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Last updated January 28, 2016