Whether you are hoping to obtain or renew your medical license in Texas, you may be wondering what the requirements are, how long you have before you need to renew your license, or why your license renewal may have been denied.
Keeping your Texas medical license active and in good standing is of utmost importance if you hope to continue with your career. Protect your license with help from a medical license defense attorney at Bertolino LLP. Contact our office for a confidential consultation today and find out what is next for your medical license defense.
Renewing Your Texas Medical License
Texas medical licenses must be renewed every two years. The TMB will send medical license renewal notices 60 days before your medical license is set to expire. You may begin registering to renew your medical license up to 90 days before the expiration date. To renew your Texas medical license, you must take the following steps:
- Provide the TMB with your medical license number
- Provide the TMB with your Social Security number
- Review, update, and confirm your information
- Complete your medical license registration
- Pay your registration fees
If you cannot complete your medical license renewal request online, you can save the information for a maximum of 15 days and return to complete your medical license renewal later. Generally, the TMB website will update within 24 hours to confirm that your medical license has been renewed.
Obtaining Your Texas Medical License
If you are a qualified physician, you may be eligible for a Texas Medical Board (TMB) unrestricted medical license. However, if you are not eligible for a full medical license, you may be eligible for a permit or a limited medical license.
The process for applying for your Texas medical license involves the following steps:
- Make sure you have all of the required documentation needed to submit your medical license application.
- Once you have submitted all required documents, your medical license application will be assigned to a TMB licensing analyst for review.
- Generally, it takes approximately 40 days for the medical license review to be completed.
- If your medical license has been approved, a temporary license will be issued, and you should receive your medical license within two weeks of approval.
There are specific requirements you will need to meet to get your medical license approved in Texas. Some of the most important criteria include:
- Graduating from a medical school in Canada or the United States
- Pass a specialty board certification
- Participation in postgraduate training
- Pass the Texas Medical Jurisprudence exam with a score of 75 or higher
- Demonstrate competence
- You must not have a restricted, suspended, revoked, or limited medical license in any other state or in Canada
- You must not be the subject of a medical license complaint investigation
- You must not be in violation of Texas Health and Safety Code Sections §170.002 or Chapter 171
- You must not be facing pending prosecution locally, state-wide, federally, or within Canada for any type of crime involving moral turpitude or felony charges
If you believe you have met the requirements needed to obtain your medical license, but your application has been denied, you may need to appeal your decision further. Contact our medical license defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP to learn more about what your next steps should be.
Common Reasons for Medical License or Renewal Application Rejections
The TMB has offered many reasons for denying a physician’s medical license application or renewal request. However, some of the more common reasons given for medical license denials include:
- Providing the TMB with false information in your medical license application
- Having a history of criminal convictions or charges involving moral turpitude
- Facing disciplinary action by another state’s medical licensing board
- Failure to meet the criteria for medical license approval or medical license renewal
If you are charged with, arrested for, or convicted of any of the following types of offenses, you may be ineligible for medical licensing in the state of Texas:
- Are being arrested, charged with, or convicted of any type of misdemeanor that involves moral turpitude
- Being placed on deferred adjudication or disposition for a felony
- Substance abuse
- Engaging in any type of fraud
Texas laws are vague when it comes to medical licensing. The TMB has discretion in many cases when making the decision to approve or deny medical license applications. For instance, according to Tex. Occ. Code §155.003(2), physicians must be considered of “good professional character,” which is subjective.
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How to Defend Against the Denial of Your Medical License
No matter what reason the TMB gives for denying your medical license or medical license renewal request, you have the right to defend yourself. Your medical license allows you to provide for yourself and your family and take care of patients in need of an experienced professional.
Your medical license defense attorney can go over your medical license application in detail to determine whether the TMB was right in denying your medical license or medical license renewal application.
If the TMB’s Executive Director determines that your medical license application should be denied, you have a right to request a review of the Executive Director’s decision by the TMB’s Licensure Committee. You will have a maximum of 20 days to file your request.
Conversely, the TMB may decide that you should be granted a medical license with limited conditions or restrictions. For example, you may be prohibited from practicing certain types of medicine. You can appeal this denial by requesting adjudication by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) with help from your medical license defense attorney.
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Contact a Medical License Defense Attorney for Help
If you are having trouble getting your medical license approved, or if you have attempted to renew your medical license but your application was denied, you may be wondering what to do next.
Reach out to an experienced Texas medical license defense attorney at Bertolino LLP to discuss your options. Schedule your confidential consultation today when you call our office or complete our secured contact form.
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