Texas Legislative and Policy Developments


Massage Therapy Advisory Board
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: 512-463-6599
Fax: 512-463-9468
Email: advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and passing the MBLEx
Renewal: 12 hours/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State License

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FSMTB Clarifies Texas MBLEx Results Misinformation

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards informed ABMP that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation released incorrect information in January regarding exam results. Learn more in our web post.

Texas Massage Therapy Exam Available

Effective immediately, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will be issuing all massage therapy license applicants a notice regarding their eligibility to sit for the Texas Massage Therapy Exam. Find out how your students become eligible.

Texas Doubles Down on Massage Establishment Regulation

The Texas legislature adopted House Bill 3579, creating massage establishment emergency suspension orders and allowing for restrictive massage establishment regulations if a business meets specific criteria.

Texas Considering Rehabilitation Efforts When Reviewing Criminal History

Senate Bill 483 permits the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to consider each person’s criminal history—including federal offenses and any offense committed in another state—along with rehabilitative efforts when determining whether a massage therapy license should be issued or renewed.

Texas Introduces Second Exam Option for Massage Therapy Applicants

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced that massage therapist applicants now have a second licensing testing method from which they can choose, the Texas Massage Therapists Examination. Learn about exam registration, cancellation policies, and location sites.

Texas Adopts New Massage Therapy, Barber, Cosmetology Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation adopted rules that affect massage therapy. The rules are necessary to align the dishonored payment processing fee with statutory requirements, add additional rules regarding complaints, and revise the processes and procedures for contested cases..

Warning: Beware of TDLR Inspector Fraud

ABMP was informed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) that individuals may be posing as TDLR inspectors. We at ABMP want to pass along some important security information to help keep you and your establishment safe.

Proposed Texas Bill Affects Business Regulation at Local Level

House Bill 2134 would create more restrictive massage therapy establishment regulation, such as operating hours and massage establishment regulation by political subdivisions. Elevate your voice today by contacting your local representatives.

Texas Massage Therapy Advisory Board Vacancies

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is looking to fill two vacancies on the Texas Massage Therapy Advisory Board with qualified applicants: one seat is open for a licensed massage therapist and one seat is open to a public member. Find out how you can apply!