One-Time Fingerprint Requirement for Psychologist License Renewals
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (the Board) has announced that, beginning with license renewals in January 2015, it will require a fingerprint criminal history check in connection with renewals of license applicants before October 2007 but who did not go through such a check when they applied.
This requirement is one time only and will be introduced gradually beginning with January 2015 license renewals. About one-quarter of licensees who are eligible for the required check must submit a fingerprint criminal history check during calendar year 2015. The remainder will have to comply with the fingerprint criminal history check during the following three calendar years.
The Board will notify licensees that they must submit the fingerprint criminal history check before their license renewal date. Under Board rules, the Board must receive the fingerprint criminal history check by the designated renewal date. If it is not received on time, the Board will not renew the license. It is therefore critical to comply with the requirement by the renewal due date or face nonrenewal of a license to practice psychology in the State of Texas.
Fingerprint criminal history checks are currently a normal part of the licensing process, and new applicants are required to obtain a fingerprint criminal record check using the Fingerprint Applicant Service of Texas (FAST). Presumably the licensees who are required to complete the fingerprint criminal history check as part of the renewal process will be directed to use the FAST program for submitting fingerprints, although that hasn’t been specified. The Board has stated that instructions for completing the fingerprint criminal history check will be included in directions mailed to the licensees prior to their renewal dates.
If you have any concerns about submitting to a fingerprint criminal history check as part of your psychology license renewal, you need the help of an experienced Texas professional license defense attorney to protect your practice. Contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, as soon as possible for the best outcome.