New Rule to Account for Delays in License Renewal Processing

On November 23, 2020, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation passed an emergency rule to ensure all TDLR licensees with a license that expired between August 1, 2020, and November 30, 2020, now hold what is considered an “emergency license” valid for up to 120 days after their license expiration date.

Due to COVID-19, TDLR is having a difficult time navigating workflow challenges processing paper renewals and applications. The extra 120-day timeframe allows those who are waiting for their license to be renewed by TDLR to continue working with a valid license. TDLR strongly encourages licensees to use their online services and renew online.

Notes from TDLR:

  • A searchable database of all emergency licenses is available at the following link:
  • If TDLR denies your renewal application, you will no longer be able to work under the emergency license.
  • Current license expiration dates will not change, and late fees will not be waived; licensees are encouraged to renew their license according to their expiration date.
  • TDLR will not print emergency licenses, and licensees are therefore not required to post or display proof of an emergency license.

If you have questions, you can contact TDLR’s online Customer Service.

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