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RULE §9.18Reciprocal Examination Agreements with Other States

(a) AFS may accept the examination requirements for LP-gas transport drivers from other states provided that the qualifying state has entered into a reciprocal agreement with Texas as specified in this section.

(b) A state that is interested in a reciprocal agreement with Texas shall provide a copy of its examination used to qualify transport drivers to AFS. AFS shall provide a copy of the Texas examination to the other state's LP-gas authority. The states shall review the materials to ensure that they contain substantially equivalent requirements. If each state accepts the requirements of the other state, both states shall sign the reciprocal agreement.

  (1) The reciprocal agreement shall be in the form of a letter on the official letterhead of the state requesting the reciprocal agreement. The letter shall be signed and dated by an official representative of the LP-gas authority in both states. For Texas, the official representative shall be the AFS director.

  (2) The reciprocal agreement shall remain in effect until either state requests a change and may be terminated by either state at any time.

  (3) If either state revises its examination or related requirements, it shall immediately notify the other state by submitting the revised examination or related requirements.

  (4) AFS shall maintain a current list of all states participating in reciprocal agreements, a list of participating states' applicable fees, and a list of all individuals who have received a reciprocal examination exemption.

  (5) Copies of examinations from other participating states are subject to or excepted from required disclosure in accordance with Chapter 552 of the Government Code.

(c) Individuals who apply for a reciprocal examination exemption shall pay the applicable fees required by each state in exchange for exemption from examination requirements.

  (1) Individuals from other participating states shall remit to AFS:

    (A) the nonrefundable employee-level rules examination fee; and

    (B) the annual certificate renewal fee specified in §9.10 and §9.9 of this title (relating to Rules Examination, and Requirements for Certificate Holder Renewal, respectively).

  (2) Individuals from Texas who apply for a reciprocal examination exemption in other states shall pay to the other state any fees specified by that state.

(d) Applicants for a reciprocal examination exemption shall provide the following information to AFS to verify that they are properly and currently certified in their state:

  (1) a state-issued certification card, license, letter, or similar document which shall clearly show a valid date and an indication that the individual passed the examination. Maintaining valid certification in the other state is required for continuing reciprocity in Texas;

  (2) a completed LPG Form 16R. Applicants from other states shall provide their Social Security numbers to AFS for purposes of record-keeping and to comply with the requirements in Texas Family Code Annotated §231.302(c) (Vernon 1996), which mandates disclosure of Social Security numbers by applicants to assist in the administration of laws relating to child support. Social Security numbers are subject to or excepted from disclosure to the public in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 552; and

  (3) a copy of the applicant's valid driver's license.

(e) Individuals from other states who apply for a reciprocal examination exemption from Texas either shall be employed by a company that is properly and currently licensed in Texas or shall themselves fulfill all other licensing requirements in the rules in this chapter.

(f) Individuals who obtain reciprocal examination exemptions are liable under the laws and rules of the state in which they perform the LP-gas activities.

  (1) Each state shall be responsible for its own enforcement actions against individuals with reciprocal examination exemptions.

  (2) If a participating state has an enforcement action against an individual with a reciprocal examination exemption, that state shall inform the other state within 14 calendar days of initiating the action.

  (3) A state may suspend, revoke, or deny a reciprocity renewal or an individual's reciprocal examination exemption, as specified in §9.16 of this title (relating to Hearings for Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Licenses, Manufacturer Registrations, or Certificates) and shall notify the other state and all individuals holding the reciprocal examination exemption within 14 calendar days of such suspension, revocation, or denial.

(g) AFS may issue reciprocal examination exemptions only for LP-gas transport driver examinations. For purposes of reciprocal agreements, a "transport" is defined as a cargo tank motor vehicle of more than 5,000 gallons water capacity.

Source Note: The provisions of this §9.18 adopted to be effective February 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 947; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4810; amended to be effective December 24, 2012, 37 TexReg 9913; amended to be effective January 6, 2020, 45 TexReg 127

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