Hurricane Harvey Response

The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) has been closely tracking the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the actions taken by Governor Greg Abbott and other state agencies to assist with the emergency response efforts.  Consideration has been given to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on TBPG’s licensees: licensed Professional Geoscientists (PGs), Geoscientists-in-Training (GITs), and registered Geoscience Firms (GFs).

TBPG recognizes that Professional Geoscientists are an integral part of many types of damage assessment, such as environmental site assessments or assessments of below ground structural issues.  TBPG understands the importance of assisting PGs and Geoscience Firms impacted by Hurricane Harvey to renew licenses so they are available to assist in further response, recovery, and rebuilding.

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a number of Proclamations declaring a state of disaster in a number of counties.

As of this publication, the most recent list of counties (September 20, 2017) include Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, San Augustine, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy and Wilson counties.


With regard to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on TBPG’s licensees, TBPG’s objectives have been to assist current licensees with renewals of licenses, expedite the processing of applications for new regular and temporary licenses, and to work with any licensee who was affected by Hurricane Harvey and was already involved in an audit for compliance with the continuing education requirements or is the Respondent to a complaint.

License renewals: TBPG staff are available by phone or e-mail to work with hurricane impacted licensees who need some assistance with the renewal of their licenses.  Call (512) 936-4400.

PG licenses, GIT certifications, and Geoscience Firm registrations in a Governor-designated disaster county that was scheduled to expire between August 31, 2017 and November 30, 2017 shall expire on December 31, 2017.

  • Licenses that would have expired, but haven’t because of this emergency provision will not appear in a public license search. TBPG will have a list of impacted licensees available as a supplemental license search.  The supplemental license search serves as an online verification of licensure equal to the current online license search.
  • Late renewal fee. Normally if a license is renewed 60 days or more after it is expired, a $50 late fee applies. Extending the expiration date of these licenses also extends the date the late renewal fee is assessed. Licenses in disaster counties that would have expired at the end of August, September, and October, and November 2017 could renew late as December 31, 2017 without any gap in licensure.  Licenses that expire December 31, 2017 and that are renewed on or after March 1, 2018, will be subject to the 60-day late renewal fee.
  • Upon the renewal of each Professional Geoscientist license, Geoscientist-in-Training certification, and Geoscience Firm registration that was extended by this emergency rule, the renewal fee shall be the same annual renewal fee for the license, certification, or registration listed in §851.80.

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Continuing Education:  A Professional Geoscientist or a Geoscientist-in-Training who resides in Governor-designated disaster affected counties is exempt from the continuing education requirement as long as the license or certification is renewed before August 31, 2018.

License certificates, wallet renewal cards, and wall renewal cards:  If your PG License, GIT certification, and Geoscience Firm registration certificates or renewal wall/wallet cards were lost or destroyed in the storm, please contact the TBPG staff.  We can provide a replacement at no cost.

Reciprocity:  In the coming months, TBPG’s Licensing staff will expedite any new or temporary applications for licensure that is based on reciprocity or on licensure in another jurisdiction.

Complaint/ Continuing Education Audit:  If you are the Respondent to an open complaint or you are under an audit of your continuing education, please contact TBPG Enforcement staff:

Wesley McCoy, Enforcement Coordinator (512) 936-4410, Complaint inquiries
Valerie Arnold, Enforcement Specialist (512) 936-4402, Continuing Education Audit inquiries


On September 28, 2017, TBPG’s Appointed Board held an emergency Board meeting.  The Appointed Board adopted emergency rules that impact licensees in the counties proclaimed by Governor Abbott to be a disaster.

The emergency rules were adopted by the Appointed Board on 9/28/2017:  Emergency Rules 

TBPG’s Appointed Board Members and staff are committed to doing what we can do to assist individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We encourage impacted licensees and others to contact the TBPG office staff if they encounter issues with renewals, new license applications, or any other issue TBPG staff might be able to assist with.  If you have been impacted and you are under a continuing education audit or are the respondent to a complaint, we encourage you to contact TBPG Enforcement staff.

TBPG Contacts

License Renewals and Online Inquiries Main number 512-936-4400
Continuing Education Questions Valerie Arnold 512-936-4402
Complaints or Enforcement Questions Wes McCoy, PG 512-936-4410
New applications, exams and waiver requests Elsa Paynes 512-936-4403


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