Respiratory Care Practitioners Certification Program Apply for a New License - Apply by Mail

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An incomplete application will not be processed until all required fees and documents are received.

Please allow 4 to 5 weeks for processing from the day you mail in your application (even if you mail it overnight)! After an application is received it is entered into the computer system and screened for completeness in the order in which it is received. Staff which perform the screening also process renewals, continuing education, and all fees received by the RCP program. Please be patient.

The DSHS will request criminal history information on each applicant from the Department of Public Safety. NO EXCEPTIONS. Each criminal record will be reviewed in accordance with the rules at §123.13.

Schedule of fees for certification as a respiratory care practitioner:

  • application (includes initial certificate) fee--$133; 
  • renewal fee for a license issued for a two-year term is $160;
  • renewal fee for a license issued to a retired respiratory care practitioner performing voluntary charity care for a two-year term is $50; 
  • certificate and/or identification card replacement fee--$20; 
  • NBRC examination fee--the fee designated by the NBRC at the time of examination or reexamination; 
  • certificate fee for upgrade of temporary permit--$30; 
  • written verification of certification status--$10; 
  • returned check fee--$50; 
  • inactive status fee--$50; 
  • reinstatement fee for a license that was suspended for failure to pay child support--$50; 
Schedule of fees for a temporary permit as a respiratory care practitioner: 
  • application (including initial permit) fee--$57; 
  • temporary permit renewal fee--$21; 
  • temporary permit and/or identification card replacement fee--$20; 
  • written verification of certification status--$10;
  • returned check fee--$50.
  • Criminal history evaluation letter fee--$50. 
Mail application and fees to:

DSHS/Respiratory Care Practitioners
P.O. Box 12197
Austin, Texas 78711-2197

MAKE CHECK OR
MONEY ORDER
PAYABLE TO DSHS

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Last updated March 23, 2011
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    Respiratory Care Practitioners Certification Program