Licensing Requirements - Asbestos Program

Who Must be Licensed? 

Persons and companies that engage in asbestos-related activities in a public building in Texas are required to be appropriately licensed or registered by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Laboratories that analyze asbestos samples taken from public buildings, transporters that transport asbestos containing materials from public buildings, and training providers that provide training for licensure in Texas must be licensed as well.

Obtaining a License

To obtain an asbestos license in Texas, a complete license application, including the fee and required documentation must be submitted to the department.

You may apply online using the Regulatory Services Online Licensing System. To determine if the type of license you want to apply for or renew is available online, please see the Online Licensing page. For online applications, required documentation must still be submitted to the department by mail, fax, or email.

If the license type is not available online, please see the Applications and Forms page to print an application and submit by mail.

Processing Time

Asbestos license applications are processed in order of receipt. Application processing time can take up to four (4) weeks for complete applications and longer for applications that are deficient (missing information or documentation).

You can check the status of your license at any time through the Online License Search. Once a new application has been approved, the license record will show in the search results and reflect the license number and expiration date. For license renewals, the search results will show the current status and new expiration date.

Licensing Exemptions

Persons who remove resilient floor covering materials in public buildings and that are trained in the 8 hour course provided by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, are exempt from the licensing requirement. However, the flooring materials must remain intact and be maintained in a non-friable state during removal.

For additional information, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute can be reached at (301) 340-8580, or at

Last updated May 1, 2020