Sanitarian Registration Program Apply for a New Registration - Experience

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.

The following types of work experience are considered as acceptable for sanitarian registration. Applicants must have at least six months of their experience in the fields of work that are considered fully acceptable. Maximum credit that can be given for experience in the partially acceptable category is six months. Experience should be performed under the supervision of a Registered Sanitarian, Professional Engineer, Medical Doctor, or Doctor of Veterinary Medicines.

Inspections of:


Sewage Systems

Day Care Centers

Slaughter Houses

Food Establishments

Solid Waste Disposal Sites

Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites

Summer Camps

Meat Processing Plants

Swimming Pools

Nursing Homes

Water Systems


Septic Tank System Design

Investigation of:

Air Pollution Violations

Animal Bites (Rabies)

Premise Complaints


Occupational Safety

Environmental Impact of Development

Performs Work Related to:


Vector Control


Partially Acceptable:

Ambulance Equipment & Supplies Inspection

Budgetary & Administrative Functions for Environmental Health Programs

Conducting Laboratory Analysis

Plan Review for Public Health Requirements

Last updated October 17, 2017