GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION
See the Apply By Exam and Apply By Endorsement tabs for Quick Links to the application and further resources regarding applying for a Texas OT or OTA license.
A person may not practice occupational therapy or represent that the person is an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant unless the person is an individual licensed by this board.
What follows is general application information. Please see the OT Rules and OT Practice Act for further information and requirements regarding Texas licensure. Chapter 364 details initial licensure requirements.
All applicants must apply by either examination or endorsement. In addition, all applicants must also meet the requirements in §364.1, Requirements for Licensure, of the OT Rules.
- Initial License by Examination: Please see the Apply by Exam tab for further information and requirements.
- The applicant must apply by examination and also meet the requirements in §364.2, Initial License by Examination, if the applicant:
- has not passed the NBCOT certification examination; or
- has passed the NBCOT certification examination and
- is not currently licensed as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state or territory of the U.S.; or
- if not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S., is applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S and cannot substantiate occupational therapy employment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.
- Licensure by Endorsement: Please see the Apply by Endorsement tab for further information and requirements.
- The applicant must apply by endorsement and also meet the requirements in §364.4, Licensure by Endorsement, if the applicant has passed the NBCOT certification examination and:
- is currently licensed as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant in another state or territory of the U.S.; or
- if not currently licensed in another state or territory of the U.S., is applying from the U.S. military or a non-licensing state or territory of the U.S. and can substantiate occupational therapy employment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a Texas license.
General Information for all Applicants:
Applying and Fees:
Please see the Quick Links on the Apply by Exam and Apply by Endorsement tabs to access the application and for current fees.
Those applying online may pay by credit card or electronic check.
Those applying by paper application may pay by check or money order.
Fees are non-refundable.
Once an application has been processed, the applicant will be emailed a password with which to access the online applicant status checklist. Please see the “Check Status” tab for additional information regarding the checklist and processing times.
Please note that materials in addition to the application must be submitted.
Board Contact Information:
Please use the following to contact or send information and required items to the Board.
Mailing Address: See the related announcement available from our homepage regarding our upcoming move and mailing items.
Phone Number: (512) 305-6900
Change in Information:
You are required to notify the Board in writing within 30 days of changes in name, phone number, business phone number, residential address, mailing address, email address, and work address (and change in supervisor if you have obtained your temporary license). You may not be employed yet, but when you are, send that information to the Board via mail, email, or by submitting such online. You can change your contact information online, as well: please click this link for the online form
. For a name change, the Board also requires a copy of the documentation evidencing the change (such as a marriage license or divorce decree).
If you already had a Texas license that has been expired one year or more and wish to restore the license, you may not apply by initial licensure. Instead, you must restore according to §370.3 of the OT Rules; see the Restoration
page for additional information.
In a hurry?
Use overnight mail. See the related announcement available from our homepage regarding our upcoming move and mailing items, including for information regarding which mailing address to use.
All licenses are sent by USPS. If you are in a rush, you can mail or email the Board as an attachment a pre-paid FedEx or UPS overnight air bill or send us a pre-paid overnight envelope. If you send an alternate means of delivery, when the license is approved, it may be sent by the indicated method. Please send such to the Board in a timely manner so it will be received prior to license issuance and note that the dimensions of the regular license are 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Please see the Military Applicants tab for further information regarding services and fee waivers available to U.S. military service members, veterans, and military spouses.
The new OT or OTA temporary or regular licensee may provide occupational therapy services according to the terms of the license upon online verification of current licensure and license expiration date from the Board’s License Verification page
. There is no longer the need for the licensee to wait to have the license physically in hand before providing occupational therapy services.
Prior Criminal History:
This can reduce the application processing time if the evaluation is requested well before applying. If applying now or within a short period of time, the review will be conducted as part of the regular application process.
An individual may always apply for licensure, regardless of the Board’s decision provided in the criminal history evaluation letter.
In addition, from the link below, one may access the Best Practices Guide: Applying for an Occupational License After Conviction or Deferred Adjudication from the State Auditor’s Office.
There are no refunds for application fees; applications and NBCOT score reports remain on file for one year.