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E-Prescribing Waivers

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2021, the Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.0755 requires that prescriptions for controlled substances be issued electronically, except in limited circumstances, or unless a waiver has been granted by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. 

A dentist may apply for a waiver from the electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) requirement if the dentist prescribes fewer than 25 prescriptions per year, faces economic hardship, or has technological limitations. 

TAPD has confirmed that the e-prescribing requirement only applies to controlled substances. If a dentist does not prescribe controlled substances, he/she is not required to e-prescribe and therefore does not need a waiver.  However, if a dentist prescribes between 1-24 controlled substances, he/she would be eligible for a waiver if he/she submits the waiver form. 

To request a waiver, please fill out a waiver form and submit it to  Once approved, waivers will be issued for a period of one year.  For more information please visit