|(a) A license holder may request in writing to change
the status of the license to "inactive" at any time. A license holder
whose license is inactive may not practice engineering. A license
holder who has requested inactive status shall not receive any refunds
for licensing fees previously paid to the board.
(b) A license holder whose license is inactive must
pay an annual fee as established by the board at the time of the license
renewal. If the inactive fee is not paid by the date a person's license
is to expire, the inactive renewal fee for the expired license shall
be increased in the same manner as for an active license renewal fee.
(c) A license holder whose license is inactive is not
(1) comply with the continuing education requirements
adopted by the board; or
(2) take an examination for reinstatement to active
(d) To return to active status, a license holder whose
license is inactive must:
(1) submit a request in writing for reinstatement to
(2) pay the fee for annual renewal, as applicable;
(3) provide documentation of submittal of fingerprints
for criminal history record check as required by §1001.277 of
the Act, unless previously submitted to the board; and
(4) comply with the continuing education program requirements
for inactive license holders returning to practice as prescribed in §137.17(o)
of this chapter (relating to Continuing Education Program).
(e) A license holder may claim inactive status and
return to active only once during the year period determined by the
renewal schedule of the license. If a license holder claims inactive
status and returns to active status during the same annual renewal
period, the license holder shall comply with the full continuing education
program requirements for that year.
(f) A license holder claiming inactive status may use
any term allowed for an active license holder followed by the term
"Inactive" or "Retired" on business cards, stationary and other forms
of correspondence. Failure to note inactive status in this manner
is a violation of the Act and board rules and is subject to disciplinary
action by the board.
(g) A license holder on inactive status may provide
a reference statement for an applicant for licensure.
(h) Offering or performing engineering services to
the public while the license is inactive is a violation of the inactive
status and is subject to disciplinary action by the board.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §137.13 adopted to be effective May 20, 2004, 29 TexReg 4878; amended to be effective June 26, 2005, 30 TexReg 3586; amended to be effective March 20, 2006, 31 TexReg 2157; amended to be effective September 10, 2007, 32 TexReg 6152; amended to be effective July 20, 2008, 33 TexReg 5526; amended to be effective December 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 10173; amended to be effective December 17, 2013, 38 TexReg 9045; amended to be effective December 14, 2015, 40 TexReg 8889; amended to be effective September 30, 2020, 45 TexReg 6769