Do not use the links and forms below if you are already a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner and need to renew. This web page is only for new Respiratory Care Practitioner applicants. If you are unsure about the qualifications required for this type of license, please see the rules, 25 TAC §123.7.
Respiratory Care Practitioner and Respiratory Care Practitioner Temporary Permit must now apply for their initial licenses through the new Regulatory Services Online Licensing System. Select the link below to begin the online initial application process. When using the online service, initial license application fees may be paid only using a major credit card.
Apply for Your Initial License Online through the Regulatory Services Online Licensing System
You should therefore postmark the other required documents and/or forms listed below on or shortly after the date you submit the online application, to avoid a delay in processing time.
The department recommends that you attach a copy of the "Receipt Page" (the final page you are able to print out when you complete the online application) to any documents you submit to our office.
Additional Information Required of Respiratory Care Practitioner Certificate applicants:
1. If you are certified by the NBRC, mail a copy of your NBRC card.
2. If you are applying for a temporary certificate and you have already graduated from a respiratory care education program, submit an official transcript or certificate that verifies completion of the program. Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor's or associate degree in respiratory care (RC) may submit proof of that degree.
3. If you are applying for a temporary certificate and you are within 30 days of graduation from a respiratory care education program, submit an expected graduation statement signed by the program director. After graduation, submit an official transcript or certificate that verifies completion of the program.
4. If you hold a respiratory care license or certificate issued by another state, submit the Other State Verification Form to the licensing authority in the other state.
To access documents in Adobe Acrobat format, you must download the Acrobat Reader software. Please see the DSHS file viewing page for more information and a link to the Adobe website.