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Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Transition Plan

Senate Bill 202 became effective on September 1, 2015. That bill has mandated the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities”. This plan has been completed and is now in effect.  Several important steps in this plan will occur over the next several weeks related to the following programs:  Massage TherapyCode Enforcement OfficersSanitariansOffender EducationLaser Hair Removal, and Mold Assessment and Remediation.

  • As of October 13, 2017, licensees and applicants will not have access to VERSA Online, the online portal for licensing application and renewal, for programs which had this capability previously.  DSHS will cease initial licensing and renewal activities, and the application forms will no longer be available on the website.
  • As of October 20, 2017, DSHS will cease all licensing functions (including entry of new applications), in order to transmit licensing data to TDLR. This is necessary to ensure data integrity.
  • TDLR will begin licensing functions on November 1, 2017.  This means there will be a gap of approximately ten days during which neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions.  We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause, but it is essential from a data standpoint.

In an effort to avoid renewal problems during this transition, a 90-day license extension has been granted to all licenses that expire in October, November, December. Updated license cards and/or letters indicating the new renewal date have been sent out to licensees that initially were to expire in October and November.  The December licensees will receive theirs shortly.

Please go to TDLR’s website for more information about the transition process.


Registration requires a bachelor's degree with at least 30 hours of coursework as specified in the rules (see below).

RULE §140.106 Educational Requirements

(a) Purpose. This section sets out the initial educational requirements for examination and registration as a sanitarian or sanitarian-in-training.

(b) Core educational requirements for initial registration include the following.

  (1) Acceptable courses are air pollution; anatomy; animal science; bacteriology; biochemistry; biology; biomedical science; biophysics (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); biostatistics; botany; cell physiology; chemical engineering; chemistry; community health; computer science (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); dairy science; ecology; embryology (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); entomology; environmental health; environmental science; environmental diseases; environmental law; epidemiology; food bacteriology; food science; food technology; genetics; geophysics; geology; hazardous waste; histology; hydrogeology; hydrology; industrial hygiene; infectious diseases; limnology; mathematics (beyond algebra--no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); courses taken in an accredited allopathic or osteopathic school of medicine (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); meteorology (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); microbiology; molecular biology; occupational health; occupational safety; parasitology; pathology; physics (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); physiology; plant taxonomy; public health; public health education (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); public health law; radiological health; sanitary engineering; soil science; statistics (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); toxicology; vector control; veterinary medical courses (no more than six semester hours or its equivalent); veterinary public health; virology; wastewater treatment; water quality; and zoology.

  (2) Courses considered not acceptable are anthropology; archaeology; astronomy; education; geography; government; history; kinesiology; languages; physical education; psychology; and sociology.

  (3) Courses not listed may be submitted for consideration for acceptance by the department.

Last updated October 17, 2017