Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53

Baylor offers many educational programs that may lead to an occupational license issued by a State of Texas agency (as defined in Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53).  If you are applying for admission to a program that may prepare you for an occupational license and/or if you later decide to change to such a program, Texas law requires that Baylor notify you of your potential ineligibility to obtain a license due to prior criminal convictions.  Each licensing authority may have guidelines concerning the specific crimes affecting licensure eligibility.  You are encouraged to review all eligibility requirements related to your desired occupational license prior to enrolling in such a course of study.

Please note the following:

  • An individual who has been convicted of certain offenses may be ineligible for either a licensure examination or the issuance of an occupational license upon completion of an educational program.
  • Licensing authorities must establish and make available guidelines explaining why a particular offense is considered a basis for ineligibility for a particular license and other criterion that may affect the decision to grant or withhold a license.
  • Local or county licensing authorities may establish additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more information.
  • An individual has the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding eligibility for a license as permitted in Texas Occupations Code §53.102.

Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.  

Please note that Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53 does not apply to licenses issued:

  • Under the authority of the Supreme Court of Texas
  • Peace Officer licenses under Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1701
  • Emergency Medical Services licenses under Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 773
  • Licenses issued by the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Dental Examiners, and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners involving criminal convictions related to controlled substances.