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RULE §781.503License Renewal

(a) At least 45 days prior to the expiration of a license, the board will send the licensee notice of the expiration date, schedule of renewal fees and penalties, and continuing education activities required for renewal. The licensee is responsible for renewing his/her license, regardless of whether or not the licensee receives a notification.

(b) The board will provide eligible licensees with renewal forms, soliciting the licensee's current address and contact numbers; completed continuing education; information regarding civil lawsuits and criminal complaints; any governmental agency or licensing body's action against the licensee; and a statement of continuing compliance with the Act and this chapter.

(c) When the board office receives the completed application, the executive director will respond within 15 working days to notify the applicant about the status of the application. Failure to process a renewal application in the time periods stated shall be governed by §781.405(h) of this title (relating to Application for Licensure).

(d) The board shall renew the license of a social worker who has met all renewal requirements, including fee payments, completed documentation, and evidence of completed continuing education requirements.

(e) If a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for license renewal, the license does not expire until the board has acted on the renewal. If the licensee claims to have made timely, sufficient application and is otherwise eligible for renewal, the license will remain current until the renewal is issued or until the board office determines that the application was not timely or sufficient.

(f) A licensee who has been recommended for disciplinary action must file a timely and complete license renewal application, pay all fees, and verify that required continuing education is complete. If he/she fails to do these things, the licensee must cease all social work practice until all renewal requirements are complete.

(g) The board may deny a license renewal if the licensee is a party to a formal disciplinary action. A formal action commences when the board mails notice described in §781.602(c) of this title (relating to Disciplinary Action and Notices).

(h) A license that is not revoked or suspended as a result of formal proceedings shall be renewed provided that all other requirements are met.

(i) In the case of delay in the license renewal process because of formal disciplinary action, penalty fees shall not apply.

(j) The board may refuse to renew the license of a person who fails to pay an administrative penalty imposed in accordance with the Act unless the enforcement of the penalty is stayed or a court has ordered that the administrative penalty is not owed.

Source Note: The provisions of this §781.503 adopted to be effective January 27, 2011, 36 TexReg 242

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