Applying for a License

Applications for initial MFT and MFT-Associate license can only be submitted via the Online Licensing System.  Paper applications are no longer accepted and will be returned if received.

Click the license you wish to apply for:

Checklist of Required Documentation

MFT-Associate

MFT-Upgrade

MFT (from out of state)

MFT Board Approved Supervisor

MFT-ASSOCIATE (application for exam eligibility and subsequent license)

In addition to the application, there is supplemental documentation that must be attached to your application.  BEFORE accessing the Online Licensing System, you will need to have the following forms completed and scanned into your device to be uploaded and attached to your electronic application. 

Jurisprudence Examination Completion Certificate – You must take the Jurisprudence Exam prior to submitting your application for licensure.  Please note, the exam must be completed no earlier than six months prior to submission of your application.  Upon completion of the exam, you will be issued the certificate. 

Practicum Documentation Form – Have the appropriate faculty or administrator of your university complete this form and return it to you. 

Supervisory Agreement Form – This form is the agreement between you and your board approved supervisor.  It must be completed by you and signed by both you and your supervisor.  Both you and your supervisor will need to maintain a copy of this form for the duration of your supervision.

Copy of Government Issued Photo-ID – Staff require this to ensure your name is correctly spelled when we send your approval to take the licensing exam to MFTRB.

Additional Documents that must come in from 3rd Parties (cannot be uploaded with app):

National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query report – Please request a self-query from the NPDB.  This will be mailed to you by the NPDB.  You will need to mail us the unopened self-query.  Information on NPDB self-query is found here.

Fingerprinting – Upon submission of your online application you will be sent a confirmation email.  This email will include a link to the information on getting fingerprinted.  The fingerprinting is done electronically and locations all over the country. There is a fee paid to the fingerprint facility. Typically, it takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the process of getting fingerprinted.

Official Transcripts – The Council requires submission of official transcripts.  These cannot be uploaded with your application.  Instead, they must be received by the Council directly from the awarding institution, a transcript or credential delivery service, or a credentials bank that utilizes primary source verification.  The board prefers electronic submission but will accept hardcopy transcripts.

Electronic transcripts should be emailed to: transcripts@bhec.texas.gov

Hardcopy transcripts should be mailed to:

BHEC MFT Transcripts

333 Guadalupe St., Ste. 3-900

Austin, TX  78701

Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Spouses – If you or your spouse have qualifying military service, please complete the Military Supplemental Form.

Once you have all the required documentation saved to your device, proceed to the Online Licensing System

Instructions for setting up your account can be found here.

The user guide for using the online licensing system to apply for an MFT Associate license can be found here.

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MFT-ASSOCIATE or MFT (licensed in another state)

Supplemental Documentation

In addition to the application, there is supplemental documentation that must be attached to your application.  BEFORE accessing the Online Licensing System, you will need to have the following forms completed and scanned into your device to be attached to your electronic application. 

Jurisprudence Examination Completion Certificate – All applicants must take the Jurisprudence Exam prior to submitting your application for license.  Please note, the exam must be completed no earlier than six months prior to submission of your application.  Upon completion of the exam you will be issued the certificate. 

Supervised Experience Verification Form – If your endorsing state’s verification does not display the hours of supervised experience you accrued to meet eligibility requirements, you will need to have this form completed by your former supervisor(s).  If this information is not available contact BHEC staff for guidance after you have submitted your application.  Note: If you have held an active, unrestricted Marriage and Family Therapist license in another U.S. jurisdiction for the past two years or more, you are not required to provide this form.

Additional Documents that must come in from 3rd Parties (cannot be uploaded with app):

National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query report – Please request a self-query from the NPDB.  This will be mailed to you by the NPDB.  You will need to mail us the unopened self-query.  Information on NPDB self-query is found here.

Fingerprinting – Upon submission of your online application you will be sent a confirmation email.  This email will include a link to the information on getting fingerprinted.  The fingerprinting is done electronically and locations all over the country. There is a fee paid to the fingerprint facility. Typically, it takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the process of getting fingerprinted.

Verification of Licensure in Another State – Submit this form to every state licensing agency that has issued you a professional license (even if the license is now expired).  The board will accept either the completed form or the standard verification form used by a particular state.  The board will also accept online verification of licensure for those states that no longer provide hardcopy verifications so long as the online information includes disciplinary action taken by the agency.

AMFTRB Scores – Please contact AMFTRB to request a copy of your scores be sent our office. 

Official Transcripts – The board requires submission of official transcripts.  These cannot be uploaded with your application.  Instead, they must be submitted directly to the board.  The board prefers electronic submission but will accept hardcopy transcripts.

Electronic transcripts should be emailed to: transcripts@bhec.texas.gov

Hardcopy transcripts should be mailed to:

BHEC MFT Transcripts

333 Guadalupe

Tower 3, Suite 900

Austin, TX  78701

Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Spouses – If you or your spouse have qualifying military service, please complete the Military Supplemental Form.

Once you have all the required documentation saved to your device, proceed to the Online Licensing System

Instructions for setting up your account can be found here.

The user guide for using the online licensing system to apply for an MFT Associate license can be found here.

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Upgrade from MFT-Associate to full MFT

BEFORE accessing the Online Licensing System, you will need to have the following forms completed and scanned into your device to be attached to your electronic application. 

Jurisprudence Examination Completion Certificate – You must take the Jurisprudence Exam prior to submitting your application for licensure.  Please note, the exam must be completed no earlier than six months prior to submission of your application.  Upon completion of the exam, you will be issued the certificate.

Supervised Experience Documentation Form – This form documents the hours of supervised experience you have accrued under a specific supervisor.  You may have several or only one depending on how many supervisors you worked under.

MFT Upgrade Online Application

Once you have all the required documentation saved to your device, proceed to the Online Licensing System

Userguide for creating a new account in our online licensing system is found here.

Userguide for completing the MFT Upgrade application online is found here.

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MFT Supervisor

MFT Supervisor isn’t a type of license.  Rather, it designates an MFT who is approved by the board to supervise MFT-Associates.  Unlike applications for license, which must be done online, becoming a supervisor is a paper process.

To apply, download a copy of the application here.  Complete the application and submit it with the fee and a copy of the supervisor training documentation.  For information on acceptable training please visit the board rules.

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