Licensing & Certification Restrictions

 

There are a number of positions and potential employment opportunities that have licensing and certification restrictions for convicted felons and misdemeanants in Texas. To assist offenders in determining whether or not they may be eligible to retain or receive a license or certification for a particular profession, the following table is provided; however, the offender should always check with the licensing or certifying authority for any changes or updates:



Public Accountant

 Felony:  Cannot if convicted of an offense which results in incarceration or revocation of probation, parole or mandatory supervision. May not if the conviction directly relates to the practice of public accounting.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to public accounting.

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 Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Contractor

Felony:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities of an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities of an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor.

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 Appraiser

 Felony:  Cannot if currently incarcerated; may not if the conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of a licensed or certified occupation. License or certification shall be revoked upon conviction, revocation of probation or parole or mandatory supervision.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not it the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities of a licensed or certified occupation.

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Architect

 Felony:  Not if it involves moral turpitude.

 Misdemeanor:  Not if it involves moral turpitude.

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 Athletic Trainer

 Felony:  Cannot.

Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist

 Felony:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates to the duties and responsibilities of an audiologist or speech language pathologist.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates to the duties and responsibilities of an audiologist or speech language pathologist.

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 Barber

 Felony:  Can. 

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Boxer (Professional)

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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 Boxing Manager

 Felony:  Cases by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities involved in the area of boxing management.

 Misdemeanor:  Cases by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities involved in the area of boxing management.

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 Boxing Promoter

 Felony:  Cases by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities involved in the area of boxing management.

 Misdemeanor:  Cases by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities involved in the area of boxing management.

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 Career Counselor (Professional)

 Felony:  Cases by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities involved in operating a career counseling service.

 Misdemeanor:  Cases by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the duties and responsibilities involved in operating a career counseling service.

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 Chiropractor

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis if the conviction involves moral turpitude.

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 Cosmetology

 Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Corrections Officer (TDCJ-ID)

 Felony:  Not eligible until 15 years have passed since end of the sentence; afterwards, on a case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis after the sentence, including probation, has been finished. Moreover, the conviction must not have been for a Class A Misdemeanor or its equivalent within the last 12 months, or for a Class B within the last 6 months, or for a DWI within the last 2 years.

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 Counselor (Professional)

 Felony:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of a counselor.

Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of a counselor.

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 Court Reporter

 Felony:  Cannot if moral turpitude is involved.

Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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 Dentist

Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Dietician

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Education (Teacher, School Administrator)

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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 Engineer

 Felony:  Can.

 Misdemeanor:  Can

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Funeral Director

 Felony:  Can.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Health Code Enforcement Officer

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Insurance

 Felony:  Cannot receive a Group 2 certification if moral turpitude is involved; otherwise, it is reviewed on a case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Reviewed on a case by case basis.

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  Interior Design

Felony:  Cannot.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Irrigator or Irrigation Systems Installer

 Felony:  Can.

 Misdemeanor:  Can

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Land Surveyor

 Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Landscape Architect

 Felony:  Cannot if moral turpitude is involved.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot if moral turpitude is involved.

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Law Enforcement

Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Lawyer

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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 Massage Therapist

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Medical Radiological Technologist

 Felony:  Can.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Nurse (Registered)

Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Nurse (Vocational)

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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 Nursing Facility Administrator

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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Optician

Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Parole Officer

 Felony:  Not before 15 years has elapsed from the date that the sentence ended, and then on a case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis after sentence, including probation, has been finished. Moreover, the conviction must not have been for a Class A Misdemeanor or its equivalent within the last 12 months, for a Class B within the last 6 months, or for a DWI within the last 2 years.

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 Personnel Employment Counselor

 Felony:  Case by case basis; may not it the conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities involved in operating a personnel employment service.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not it the conviction directly relates to the duties and responsibilities involved in operating a personnel employment service.

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 Pest Control

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Pharmacist

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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 Physical Therapy

 Felony:  Can.

 isdemeanor:  Can.

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 Physician

 Felony:  Case by case basis.

 Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis.

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Plumbing

Felony:  Can, except in cases of rape or murder, which are reviewed individually.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Podiatry

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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  Polygraph Technician

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot.

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 Private Investigator or Private Security Agent

.Felony:  Cannot. ….

Misdemeanor:  Can unless convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude within the last 7 years.

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 Probation Officer / Community Supervision Officer (Adult)

 Felony:  Cannot if currently on probation or parole, or serving a sentence for a criminal offense.

 Misdemeanor:  Cannot if currently on probation or parole, or serving a sentence for a criminal offense.

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Probation Officer (Juvenile) 

Felony:  Can, but may be precluded by local poilicy.

Misdemeanor:  Can, but may be precluded by local policy.                                                                             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Property Tax Consultant

Felony:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the responsibilities and duties involved in the area of property tax consultation.

Misdemeanor:  Case by case basis; may not if the conviction relates directly to the responsibilities and duties involved in the area of property tax consultation.

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 Psychology

 Felony:  Cannot.

 Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Real Estate

Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Respiratory Care Practitioner

Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Securities

Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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Substance Abuse Counselor (TDCJ) 

Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Tax Professional Examiner

Felony:  Can.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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 Veterinarian

Felony:  Case by case basis; if crime deals with veterinary medicine, then license will be denied.

Misdemeanor:  Can.

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