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Occupational Licensure

Effective September 1, 2017, Texas HB 1508 amended the Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001 to require entities providing educational programs that lead to initial occupational licenses to notify applicants and enrollees that an individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program;

  1. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  2. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history.  Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details. 
  3. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code 53.102.

 

Applicants are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license.  Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.