Apply for a New License

Below you will find links and forms necessary for obtaining a new license or acquiring an additional specialized competency.

Becoming an Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Provider

To provide treatment services to sex offender populations, you must first become an affiliate sex offender treatment provider. This will allow you to work under the supervision of a licensed sex offender treatment provider with supervisor status. Once you complete the requirements for the LSOTP, you will be eligible to upgrade. For ASOTP and LSOTP eligibility criteria, refer to Texas Administrative Code Title 22 (22 TAC) Section 810.3(c). To apply for ASOTP registration, you must submit a completed Form 3239, Initial Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider or Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Provider Licensure Application and meet the eligibility criteria under 22 TAC Section 810.3(c)(2).

Additional Resources:

Name Change

If you have changed your name, you may request a new license certificate that reflects your new name by submitting the following to the Council on Sex Offender Treatment:

Duplicate License

You may request a duplicate license certificate by submitting the following to CSOT:

Additional Privileges

Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Veterans Seeking to become a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider

Applying for an LSOTP with an Out-of-State License

There are two options available to a military service member or military spouse who has a current license issued by another jurisdiction that has licensing requirements that are substantially equivalent to the requirements for an LSOTP license in Texas and who seeks to work in Texas as an LSOTP:

  1. The military service member or military spouse may become licensed in Texas as an LSOTP by seeking alternate licensing for an eligible out-of-state license.
  2. The military service member or military spouse may seek recognition, which is only valid for three years and is not renewable, of their out-of-state license.

A military veteran who has a current LSOTP license issued by another jurisdiction that has licensing requirements that are substantially equivalent to the requirements for an LSOTP license in Texas and who seeks to work in Texas as an LSOTP may become licensed in Texas as an LSOTP by seeking alternate licensing for an eligible out-of-state license.

Out-of-State License Alternate Licensing

Per 1 TAC Section 351.6, when a military service member, military spouse, or military veteran applies for an LSOTP license through alternate licensing, an applicant must submit all the following information required for a license through alternate licensing per 22 TAC Section 810.3 to CSOT:

Important Items to Note

  • Applicants must not have been convicted or adjudicated of any felony, or of any misdemeanor involving a sex offense or sexually motivated offense, nor have received deferred adjudication for a sex offense, or required to register as a sex offender under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 62 in accordance with 22 TAC Section 810.3(c)(1)(D)(i).
  • Applicants must not have had their license revoked or cancelled by any professional licensing body in accordance with 22 TAC Section 810.3(c)(1)(D)(ii).
  • Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) processes fingerprints for the required background checks and both criminal histories will be completed from this process.
  • Once HHSC receives an application, HHSC will send a letter to the applicant with instructions to only submit the receipt to HHSC. Do not submit a fingerprint card.
  • CSOT does not accept online continuing education courses. CSOT must pre-approve courses an applicant takes at an institution of higher learning. CSOT will only accept continuing education hours that are specific to sex offender assessment and treatment and sexual assault victim related training.
  • Applicants must complete all required items in the application process within 90 days after HHSC receives their application in accordance with 22 TAC Section 810.3(c)(1)(H).

Note: Per Texas Occupations Code Section 55.009, CSOT waives the new applicant fees required by 22 TAC Section 810.5(a) and the criminal history evaluation letter fee required by 22 TAC Section 810.5(c).

To submit this information to CSOT, mail the documents to:

     HHSC Accounts Receivable
     Mail Code 1470
     P.O. Box 149055
     Austin, TX 78714-9055

Out-of-State License Recognition

Per 1 TAC Section 351.3, when a military service member or military spouse seeks CSOT recognition of an out-of-state license from another jurisdiction with licensing requirements that are substantially equivalent to the Texas LSOTP requirements outlined in 22 TAC Chapter 810 Subchapter A, the military service member or military spouse must:

A military service member or military spouse who applies for out-of-state recognition may practice as an LSOTP on receipt of a verification letter from CSOT which states:

  • CSOT has verified the military service member or military spouse’s license in another jurisdiction.
  • The military service member or military spouse is authorized to practice as an LSOTP in accordance with TOC 55.0041 and must comply with the rules at 22 TAC Chapter 810 Subchapter A.

Per TOC Section 55.0041(f) and 1 TAC Section 351.3(g), the verification letter expires three years after the date of issuance or when the military service member or the military service member who is married to the military spouse is no longer stationed at a military installation in Texas, whichever comes first.

Note: The verification letter is not renewable.

To submit this information to CSOT, mail the documents to:

     HHSC Accounts Receivable
     Mail Code 1470
     P.O. Box 149055
     Austin, TX 78714-9055

Change in Military Spouse Status Which Impacts Out-of-State License Recognition

Under TOC Section 55.0041(d-1), in the event of a divorce or similar event that affects a licensed person’s status as a military spouse, the spouse may continue to practice as an LSOTP until the third anniversary of the date the spouse received confirmation from CSOT that CSOT verified the license and the spouse is authorized to practice in Texas.

Online Search, Verification, and Renewal

To verify an LSOTP license or renew an LSOTP license online, visit the Online Licensing Services page.

To access the search function to verify a license, select “license search” under the “Check License Status or Search for a License” heading.

Note: A user ID and password is not required to use the license search function.

To renew an LSOTP license, either login with an existing user ID and password or register as a new user.

A verification letter will not be on the license verification site.

Renewal Extension and Exemption from Penalty for Failure to Renew License

Per TOC Section 55.003 a military service member who holds an LSOTP license is entitled to two years of additional time to complete any continuing education requirements and any other requirement related to renewing the military service member’s license.

Per TOC Section 55.002 and 22 TAC Section 810.3(c)(6)(J)(ii) a military service member who holds an LSOTP license is exempt from any increased fee or other penalty imposed for failure to renew the license on time if the military service member satisfactorily demonstrates to CSOT the failure to renew was because of the member’s military service.

ASOTP Requirement Credits

Per TOC Section 55.007 and 22 TAC Section 810.3(c)(6)(E), an ASOTP applicant may receive credit towards certain licensing or apprenticeship requirements for any verified military service, training, or education CSOT determines relevant.

Refer to the Contact Us section of the CSOT webpage for the ASOTP licensing program contact information and to request more information on requirements for ASOTP credits.