Texas Occupations Code

Sec. § 1701.306
Psychological and Physical Examination


The commission may not issue a license to a person unless the person is examined by:


a licensed psychologist or by a psychiatrist who declares in writing that the person is in satisfactory psychological and emotional health to serve as the type of officer for which a license is sought; and


a licensed physician who declares in writing that the person does not show any trace of drug dependency or illegal drug use after a blood test or other medical test.


An agency hiring a person for whom a license is sought shall select the examining physician and the examining psychologist or psychiatrist. The agency shall prepare a report of each declaration required by Subsection (a) and shall maintain a copy of the report on file in a format readily accessible to the commission. A declaration is not public information.


The commission shall adopt rules that:


relate to appropriate standards and measures to be used by a law enforcement agency in reporting the declarations made under Subsection (a); and


provide for exceptional circumstances in the administration of the examination of the applicant’s psychological and emotional health, including permitting the examination to be made by a qualified licensed physician instead of a psychologist or psychiatrist.


The commission may order an applicant to submit to an examination described by Subsection (a) by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician appointed by the commission if the commission:


has cause to believe that a law enforcement agency failed to follow commission rules relating to an examination; or


discovers that the applicant has submitted a false declaration.
Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1224 (S.B. 542), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.

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