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Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Home Page

Thank you for visiting the Marriage and Family Therapists Board’s webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to House Bill 1501, regulatory authority over Marriage and Family Therapists is transitioning from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to the Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) as of September 1, 2020.  See updates on the BHEC webpage.

Upcoming Database Transition and the Impact on Applicants and Licensees

To facilitate the database transition to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, please note that the online licensing system will be unavailable beginning August 16th through August 31st. 


For all current licensees, if your license will expire on or before August 31, 2020 or is currently expired, you will need to renew your license online PRIOR to August 14th. If you choose to renew by paper or coupon, renewal applications must be RECEIVED in the PLCU office by August 14th in order to process them and avoid any late fees.  Late fees will not be waived. Paper or coupon renewal applications received after this date will be returned, and you will have to renew online beginning September 1, 2020 and pay a late fee.

Effective September 1, 2020 all license renewals, renewals of inactive status, and requests for inactive status must be submitted through the Council’s online licensing system.  Additionally, requests for change of address and duplicate renewal permits may also be submitted through the online licensing system.

Effective for renewals beginning with March 31, 2021 expiration dates, per Council rule 882.40(c), if you did not undergo a fingerprint based criminal history check as a condition of licensure, you must do so as a condition of renewal.  Instructions on how to undergo a fingerprint based criminal history check will be posted on the Council’s website, www.bhec.texas.gov, in advance of the renewal deadlines beginning in March of 2021.

For current applicants, your applications will continue to process as normal.  There is nothing you need to do at this time.

For future applicants, all online initial applications must be submitted before August 15th. All paper initial applications and upgrades must be received in the PLCU office by August 14, 2020.  Any applications received after that date will be returned to the applicant.  The applicant may resubmit their application beginning September 1st.

The Governor has created a process to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  To this end, the board is in the process of determining which rules and statutes will be most effective from a waiver standpoint.  The board is reviewing rules regarding submission deadlines, exam deadlines, technologically assisted practice, among others.  As these waivers are granted this site will be updated with that information.  The board appreciates your patience and your dedication to the citizens of Texas.

Update 04/23/2020 - Governor Abbott issued Guidance Letter (GL) 20 - 5000, which temporarily waives board rule §801.58(d), which requires 15 hours of training before engaging in technology assisted services or supervision. The waiver is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020, disaster declaration is lifted or expires. See GL 20-5000.

Effective March 17, 2020: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules). OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Please read the entire OCR Notification of Enforcement Discretion.

MFT National Examination Candidates, please see the following sites for updates:


In light of recent events and in accordance with the recommendations of Governor Abbott’s Texas Safety Action Report, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists would like to remind its licensees that Section 611.004(a)(2) of the Texas Health and Safety Code authorizes behavioral health care providers to report confidential information to law enforcement should the provider determine their client poses an imminent risk of physical harm to themselves or to others. The board also urges its licensees and all behavioral health care providers to be vigilant in assessing their clients’ potential to harm and to warn the appropriate authorities if imminent harm is likely.


Welcome to the home page of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the state board that licenses and regulates Marriage and Family Therapists in Texas. This website contains information about Marriage and Family Therapists including rosters of current licensees, scope of practice, licensing requirements, filing a complaint, where to go for more information, and more.

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    Last updated July 13, 2020