The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists adopted a change to Board rule 471.1 at its August 15th meeting whereby effective November 2019 the renewal period for licenses will change from one year to two years, i.e. biennial renewal. This rule change also mandates that all licenses must be renewed via the Board’s online licensing system; paper renewal forms will no longer be accepted. For more information on how to access the Board’s online licensing system, please read the article entitled “Instructions for Changing Your Mailing or Email Address in the Online System” found in the Board’s February 2019 newsletter.
To facilitate the transition to biennial renewal, the Board will, over the course of one year, randomly select one-half of the licensees renewing each month, and require those licensees to renew their license(s) for two years. Licensees selected for biennial renewal will note an increase in the amount of their renewal fee(s), per newly amended Board rule 473.3. However, the number of professional development hours required for the initial biennial renewal will remain at 20 hours but will increase to 40 hours for all renewals thereafter.
Those licensees not selected for biennial renewal during this first year will be required to begin renewing their license(s) on a biennial basis at their next renewal date. Again though, the number of professional development hours required for the initial biennial renewal will remain at 20 hours but will increase to 40 hours for all renewals thereafter.