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TDLR extends certain licenses under emergency rule

Synopsis

A new emergency rule approved by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation creates an emergency license extension for 120 days for licenses expiring between August 1 and November 30.


Key takeaways

  • AC, electrical and towing licenses set to expire between August 1 and November 30 have been granted an emergency extension for 120 days to accommodate workflow challenges at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
  • TDLR has a searchable database for licensees to check to see if their license was impacted.
  • Current license expiration dates will not change, and any late fees accrued will not be waived. All licensees should still renew their licenses in accordance with their regular expiration dates.
  • The extension allows licensees to continue working while waiting for license renewals to be processed.

Certain licenses that were set to expire between Aug. 1, 2020 and Nov. 30, 2020 are considered extended for 120 days past the expiration date under an emergency rule adopted by the Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation on November 23. See if your license is affected.

The rule applies to AC, electrical and towing licenses. The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation passed this new emergency rule related to the COVID-19 pandemic on November 23.

Under this rule, all TDLR licensees with a renewable license that expired between August 1 and November 30, 2020 are considered to hold an emergency license valid for up to 120 days after their license expiration date.

Check the new searchable database of all emergency licenses here.

Commissioners approved the extra time to allow those who are waiting for their license to be renewed by TDLR to continue working with a valid license as TDLR navigates workflow challenges brought on by COVID-19.

Current license expiration dates will not change, and any late fees accrued will not be waived. All licensees should still renew their licenses in accordance with their regular expiration dates.

TDLR will not issue printed emergency licenses, and licensees are not required to post or display proof of an emergency license. If you need verification or authorization of an emergency license visit this webpage.

Please note:

  • The TDLR License Search database information will not reflect the emergency license, and expiration dates for the original license will not change.
  • Under this emergency authorization, if your license expired between August 1 and November 30, 2020, you will still be able to work for up to 120 days after your expiration date while your renewal is being processed. If TDLR makes a final determination that your renewal application is denied, you will no longer be able to work under the emergency license.
  • Due to COVID-19, TDLR is facing an unprecedented challenge with processing paper renewals and applications. The agency strongly encourages everyone who can renew online to take advantage of its online services. TDLR’s online renewal portal accepts all major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa branded gift cards.

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