|(a) Forensic Analyst and Forensic Technician License
(1) When a Forensic Analyst or a Forensic Technician
fails to renew his or her license on or before the last day of the
license term, the license is considered inactive. The inactive status
shall begin on the day immediately following the last day of the license
(2) A license that is deemed inactive based on failure
to renew may be reinstated within the ninety (90) day period following
the last day of the license term. When a Forensic Analyst or Technician
fails to renew by the 90th day after the last day of the license term,
the license status shall change from inactive to expired.
(b) Notice of License Status Based on Failure to Renew.
Within fifteen (15) days of the last day of the license term when
the license has not been renewed, the Commission shall notify the
licensee in writing of the change in license status to inactive. If
the inactive license is not renewed within ninety (90) days of the
last day of the license term and is therefore deemed expired, the
Commission shall notify the licensee in writing of the change in license
status from inactive to expired. Notice is not required where the
Commission obtains confirmation in writing from the Forensic Analyst
or Technician that he or she does not intend to renew his or her license.
(c) The Commission may reinstate an inactive or expired
Forensic Analyst or Technician License upon fulfillment of the following
requirements by the licensee:
(1) payment of a $220 license reinstatement fee;
(2) updating of current continuing forensic education
requirements status with the Commission; and
(3) completion of a form demonstrating that except
for making proper application, the Forensic Analyst or Technician
was eligible for licensure by the Commission during the period the
license was inactive due to failure to renew.
(d) Additional Requirements for Expired Licenses. Once
a license has expired, the following requirements must be fulfilled
before the license is reinstated:
(1) Successful completion of the General Forensic Analyst
Licensing Exam Requirement as described in §651.207(g) of this
subchapter (relating to Forensic Analyst Licensing Requirements Including
License Term, Fee and Procedure for Denial of Application and Reconsideration).
(2) Fulfillment of current specific coursework requirements
applicable to the forensic discipline as described in §651.207(d)
of this subchapter.
(e) Exception for Licensees Who Change Roles or Experience
a Gap in Employment by an Accredited Laboratory. A licensee who changes
roles to a position that does not require a license or who experiences
a gap in employment at an accredited laboratory for reasons other
than professional misconduct, may notify the Commission by submitting
a Declaration of Inactivity form; a licensee whose license is inactive
due to a role change or gap in employment shall not be subject to
the reinstatement requirements of this section should the licensee
seek to reestablish licensure in the future.
(f) Specific Coursework and Minimum Education Requirements
to Reinstate an Inactive License. A Forensic Analyst or Technician
reinstating an inactive license under this section is subject to specific
coursework and minimum education requirements in place at the time
the Commission initially granted his or her license.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §651.209 adopted to be effective May 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 3106; amended to be effective February 1, 2021, 46 TexReg 837; amended to be effective October 24, 2021, 46 TexReg 7077