Midwives Frequently Asked Questions

Transition from DSHS to TDLR

  1. When did the transfer happen?
  2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
  3. Have the rules changed?
  4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
  5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
  6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
  7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
  8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?

General

  1. Is licensure required?
  2. How can I find a list of all Texas licensed midwives, with addresses?

Fees

  1. What are the fees?

Applying for a New License

  1. What are the basic education requirements for licensure?
  2. Can I attend midwifery school in Texas?

Written Examination

  1. Will the written exam process or requirements change?

Jurisprudence Examination

  1. Will the jurisprudence exams be administered in the same way?
  2. I took the jurisprudence exam for my DSHS license. Do I have to retake the jurisprudence exam?
  3. Am I required to take the Jurisprudence exam for every renewal?

License Renewal

  1. What are my renewal requirements?
  2. Am I required to take the Jurisprudence exam for every renewal?
  3. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?
  4. My license has expired. How long do I have to renew my license?
  5. I need to renew my license. Where do I send my renewal application and payment?

Continuing Education

  1. Will the continuing education process or requirements change?
  2. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?

Criminal History

  1. Does my criminal history make me ineligible for licensure?

Communication

  1. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?

Transition from DSHS to TDLR

1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Midwives program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on October 3, 2016.

2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules

4. What happened with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

  • Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
  • Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
  • Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in August, September, and October 2016. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future.

7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.

8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.

General

1. Is licensure required?
Yes. In order for an individual to legally practice midwifery in Texas, she/he must be currently licensed by TDLR.

2. How can I find a list of all Texas licensed midwives, with addresses?

The list is posted here https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/LicenseSearch/licfile.asp. It is updated every day.

Fees

1. What are the fees?

All fees paid to TDLR are nonrefundable.

  • Application fee--$275
  • Renewal fee--$550 for each two-year renewal period
  • 90 days late renewal fee--$825
  • More than 90 days late renewal fee--$1,100
  • Duplicate license fee--$20
  • Retired midwife renewal fee--$275
  • Retired midwife reinstatement fee--$275
  • Jurisprudence examination fee--$35
  • Education course initial application fee--$150
  • Education course site visit fee--$500
  • Criminal History Fee--$25

Applying for a New License

1. What are the basic education requirements for licensure?

  • Successful completion of a MEAC- accredited course; or
  • Successful completion of a basic midwifery education course approved by TDLR; or
  • Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification by NARM

2. Can I attend midwifery school in Texas?

Yes. TDLR has approved two midwifery education programs in Texas: the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program (http://www.texasmidwives.com/ ) and Maternidad la Luz (http://www.maternidadlaluz.com/ )

Written Examination

1. Will the written exam process or requirements change?
No, the written exam will continue to be a national exam administered by the North American Registry of Midwives.

Jurisprudence Examination

1. Will the jurisprudence exams be administered in the same way?
The fee for the jurisprudence exam will now be $34 (one dollar less than at DSHS). The jurisprudence exams will continue to be administered by eStrategy Solutions, Inc. and the fee will still be payable to eStrategy Solutions, Inc.

2. I took the jurisprudence exam for my DSHS license. Do I have to retake the jurisprudence exam?
No, if you took the DSHS jurisprudence exam to receive your initial license, you will not need to retake it. However, if your profession requires you to retake the jurisprudence exam for license renewal, you will take the new TDLR version of the jurisprudence exam, which is based on the law and the TDLR rules for your profession. Midwives licensees must successfully complete the jurisprudence exam every other renewal.

3. Am I required to take the Jurisprudence exam for every renewal?
No. Proof of passing the jurisprudence examination is required once every four years.

License Renewal

1. What are my renewal requirements?
A renewal application and fee are required to renew licensure, completion of 20 hours of continuing education, current CPR certification, current certification for neonatal resuscitation from the American Academy of Pediatrics and proof of completion of the Jurisprudence Exam, if applicable.

2. Am I required to take the Jurisprudence exam for every renewal?
No. Proof of passing the jurisprudence examination is required once every four years.

3. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?
Yes. Your license will not be renewed until all requirements have been completed.

4. My license has expired. How long do I have to renew my license?
TDLR allows late renewal up to 18 months. If your license has been expired for less than three (3) years, you may submit a written appeal to the Executive Director and request extended late renewal.

5. I need to renew my license. Where do I send my renewal application and payment?

Submit your renewal form, fee and other documents to:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12057
Austin, Texas 78711

However, it is faster to renew online, and then mail, email or fax your documents to TDLR.

Continuing Education

1. Will the continuing education process or requirements change?
No, the continuing education process and requirements remain the same.

2. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my continuing education?
Yes. Your license will not be renewed until all requirements have been completed.

Criminal History

1. Does my criminal history make me ineligible for licensure?
If you are worried your criminal history could prevent you from getting this license, Texas allows you to have your criminal history evaluated before submitting your application and non-refundable fees. Visit the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information and to download the necessary forms.

Communication

1. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
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