License & Registration Renewal

Requirements

To renew a license, an LCDC shall:

  • Send a complete renewal application to our office
  • Pay the renewal application fee and the license fee (a total of $131)
  • Meet the criminal history standards specified by rule
  • Complete all required continuing education

The counselor intern registration cannot be renewed. It can be extended once, for a three-year period, if the person has failed to complete all requirements to become licensed as an LCDC. Additional education is required to extend the registration.

How to Renew Your License and Registration

A renewal form is mailed to each licensee two months before the renewal is due. If you are unsure of the expiration date of your license, you did not receive a notice, or you failed to renew as required, contact our office. A late fee applies to all renewals postmarked after the due date listed on the renewal form. If you fail to renew within one year of expiration, you cannot renew your license.

If you misplace your renewal form, you can print a renewal form here (PDF).

Remember if you do not keep your address information up to date with our office, your renewal notice might not reach you.

Additionally, you can renew your registration online.

Late Renewal

Renewal fees are due on or before the expiration date. A licensee who submits a late renewal application must pay a penalty fee in addition to the renewal application and licensure fees.

  • Late renewal penalty fee (up to 90 days after the license expiration date) — $37.50
  • Late renewal penalty fee (between 91 days and one year after the license expiration date) — $75

Failure to Renew

A license cannot be renewed more than one year after the date of expiration.

To obtain a new license, the person must comply with the requirements and procedures for obtaining an initial license, including passing the written and oral examinations, with one exception. If the person was licensed in Texas, moved to another state, and is currently licensed and has been in practice in the other state for the two years preceding application, the person can renew an expired license without reexamination. The person must pay a fee equal to two times the required renewal fee.

Inactive Status

An LCDC can request to have his or her license placed on inactive status by submitting a written request and paying the inactive fee before the license expires. Inactive status shall not be granted unless the license is current and in good standing, with no pending investigations or disciplinary actions.

A person on inactive status cannot perform activities outlined in the KSA dimensions, represent himself or herself as an LCDC, or act in the capacity of a QCC. A person on inactive status remains subject to investigation and action during the period of inactive status.

Inactive status shall not exceed two years.

Inactive status fee — $50

Inactive status is not available for registered counselor interns.

Return to Active Status

To return to active status, the person must submit a written request to reactivate the license, a completed renewal application form, the renewal application fee, the license renewal fee, and documentation of 30 hours of continuing education within the inactive status period.

An inactive license will automatically expire at the end of the two-year period.

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