(1) All certificate holders must renew their certificates to be able to legally continue in practice. Renewal is governed by the following:
(a) The due date for renewal is its expiration date which is the last day of the month in which a certificate holder's birthday falls pursuant to the Division of Health Related Boards "biennial birthdate renewal system" contained in rule 1200-10-1-.10.
(b) Methods of Renewal - Renewal may be accomplished by one of the following methods:
1. Internet Renewals - Individuals may apply for renewal and pay the necessary fees via the Internet. The application to renew can be accessed at:


2. Paper Renewals - Certificate holders who have not renewed their authorization online via the Internet will have a renewal application form mailed to them at the last address provided by them to the Board prior to the expiration date of their current certificate. Failure to receive such notification does not relieve the individual of the responsibility of timely meeting all requirements for renewal. To be eligible for renewal a certificate holder must submit to the Division of Health Related Boards on or before the certificate's expiration date the following:
(i) A completed and signed renewal application form.
(ii) The renewal and state regulatory fees as provided in Rule 0880-5-.02.
(c) Any renewal application received after the expiration date but before the last day of the month following the expiration date must be accompanied by the Late Renewal Fee provided in Rule 0880-5-.02.
(d) Any individual who fails to comply with the renewal rules and/or notifications sent to them concerning failure to timely renew shall have their certificates processed pursuant to rule1200-10-1-.10.
(e) Anyone submitting a signed renewal form, electronically or otherwise, which is found to be fraudulent or untrue may be subject to disciplinary action.
(f) Any certificate holder who receives notice of failure to timely renew pursuant to rule 1200-10-1-.10, and who, on or before the last day of the month following the month in which the certificate expires, executes and files in the Board's administrative office an affidavit of retirement pursuant to paragraph (2) of this rule may have their certificate retired effective on their certificate's expiration date.
(2) Certificate Retirement
(a) Certificate holders who wish to retain their certification but not actively practice will not be required to comply with the certification renewal process by doing the following:
1. Obtain from, complete and submit to the Board Administrative Office an affidavit of retirement form.
2. Submit any documentation which may be required by the form to the Board Administrative Office.
(b) Upon successful application for retirement of certification with completion and receipt of all proper documentation to the Board's satisfaction, the Board shall register the certificate as retired. Any person who has a retired certificate may not practice in Tennessee.
(3) Reactivation - Any certificate holder whose certificate has been retired or processed pursuant to rule 1200-10-1-.10 for failure to timely renew may re-enter active practice by doing the following:
(a) Submit a written request for a Reactivation Application to the Board Administrative Office; and
(b) Fully complete and submit the Board's Reactivation Application along with payment of:
1. For those reactivating a retired certificate the certification renewal fee.
2. For those who are reactivating a certificate processed pursuant to rule 1200-10-1-.10 for failure to timely renew all past due renewal fees and the late renewal fee.
(c) To reactivate an expired certification submit, along with the Board's Reactivation Application, documentation of successful completion of the continuing education requirements provided in rule 0880-5-.09 for all the calendar years (January 1 -December 31) that the certification was expired that precede the calendar year during which the reactivation is requested; or
(d) To reactivate a retired certification submit, along with the Board's Reactivation Application, documentation of successful completion of twenty (20) hours of continuing education, as provided in rule 0880-5-.09, during the two (2) calendar years (January 1 - December 31) that precede the calendar year during which the reactivation is requested.
(e) If requested, after review by the Board, a designated Board member, or the Board's consultant appear before either the Board, or a duly constituted panel of the Board, or another Board member, or the Board Designee for an interview regarding continued competence in the event of certification retirement, administrative revocation or other practice inactivity in excess of two (2) years and meet such other requirements the Board feels necessary to establish current levels of competency.
(4) Renewal issuance and reactivation decisions pursuant to this rule may be made administratively subject to review by the Board, any Board member or the Board Designee.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-05-.08
Original rule filed March 4, 1985; effective April 3, 1985. Repeal and new rule filed December 7, 1993; effective February 20, 1994. Amendment filed May 7, 1997; effective July 21, 1997. Amendment filed August 31, 2000; effective November 14, 2000. Amendment filed September 5, 2002; effective November 19, 2002. Amendment filed November 23, 2005; effective February 6, 2006.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-3-1011, 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, and 63-6-224.

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