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RULE §72.16Inactive Status

(a) On or before a licensee's renewal date, a licensee who is not currently practicing chiropractic in Texas may renew his or her license as provided by §75.2 of this title (relating to Renewal of Chiropractic License) and request, on a form prescribed by the board, that it be placed on inactive status. In order to continue on inactive status and to maintain a valid license, an inactive licensee must renew his or her license and make a new request for inactive status each renewal period.

(b) If the application is late, the licensee shall be subject to §75.2(h) of this title. A licensee on inactive status is not required to complete continuing education as provided in §75.5 of this title (relating to Continuing Education).

(c) To place a license on inactive status at a time other than the time of license renewal, a licensee shall:

  (1) return the current renewal certificate to the board office; and

  (2) submit a signed, sworn declaration made under penalty of perjury stating that the licensee shall not practice chiropractic in Texas while the license is inactive, and the date the license is to be placed on inactive status.

(d) To reactivate a license which has been on inactive status for six years or less, a licensee shall, prior to beginning practice in this state:

  (1) apply for active status on a form prescribed by the board;

  (2) submit written verification of attendance at and completion of continuing education courses as required by §75.5 of this title for the number of hours that would otherwise have been required for renewal of a license. Approved continuing education earned within the calendar year prior to the licensee applying for reactivation may be applied toward the continuing education requirement; and

  (3) pay the Active License Renewal Fee.

(e) A license which has been on inactive status for a period of more six years may be reactivated only upon successfully passing Part IV of the National Board of Examination and the board's Jurisprudence Examination prior to reactivation. A licensee who has maintained an inactive status with the Board for a period greater than six (6) years may be exempt from compliance with the requirement of this subsection to retake Part IV of the National Board of Examination if they have held an active, unrestricted license in another state or foreign jurisdiction that is held in good standing. In no event shall an inactive status be maintained before this Board in excess of twenty (20) years.

(f) Prohibition against Practicing Chiropractic in Texas. A licensee while on inactive status shall not practice chiropractic in this state. The practice of chiropractic by a licensee while on inactive status constitutes the practice of chiropractic without a license.

Source Note: The provisions of this §72.16 adopted to be effective January 29, 2015, 40 TexReg 379; amended to be effective March 1, 2018, 43 TexReg 233; transferred effective November 1, 2018, as published in the Texas Register October 19, 2018, 43 TexReg 6963

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