Just thought you TX guys would like to know that there is a new policy that went into effect in August. All new irrigation licenses require a background check now. (This also applies to backflow testers, customer service inspectors and irrigation inspectors). And every renewal is considered to be a "new" license, so this would apply to all renewing irrigator's, too. The main reason I'm bringing this topic up is that the renewal process will take longer now, with this new requirement. So, if you usually wait until the last minute to send in your stuff, or to renew, you might want to reconsider that method. If you send your renewal request in at the last minute and the background check takes awhile, and is not processed by your renewal date, you will be without a license to work. You will have to wait until the background check is done and paperwork processed. Don't be caught without a license because of this new requirement. Here is a link to the new regulation: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/criminal-conviction-notification There is a guideline on this page that lists the specific crimes that would prohibit renewal for each type of license. But, when you fill out the form, be sure to include ALL information. Don't forget to include that time that you were arrested for something 20 yrs ago that you think doesn't apply now. It does. Be sure to tell all information and explain things. It can be considered a felony if you don't list everything that applies. We've been told that there is a very large number of renewal applications that have been red-flagged and pulled out of the process because information didn't match. These renewals will take much longer. We've also been told that you should send in your renewal 40 days before your renewal date, but not sooner. There is a backlog right now. Hope this helps.