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Pesticide Applicator Reciprocal Agreements

The Texas Department of Agriculture has agreements to reciprocate pesticide applicator licenses with several states.  Applicators who apply for a reciprocal license with TDA must be current and in good standing in their home state.  Only commercial or noncommercial applicators may reciprocate.  Applicators must pass TDA's laws and regulations exam and pay the required license fee. Commercial applicators must prove financial responsibility.  Applicators must have passed a similar category test in their originating state to be licensed in that category with TDA.  Commercial and noncommercial licenses are valid for a year from the date issued, and applicators must earn five continuing education units each year to keep the licenses current.

 

To apply, nonresident pesticide applicators should contact their state department of agriculture and request that the applicator's test scores be faxed to TDA at (888) 216-9865.  The applicator then needs to pass TDA's laws and regulations exam before completing the Application for Pesticide Applicator License or Application for Commercial Pesticide License and mailing it with the appropriate fee to the address on the application.

 

TDA licensed pesticide applicators who wish to reciprocate with another state should contact TDA to have their exam scores faxed to that state's department of agriculture.  The applicator will then need to contact that state to see what additional tests or requirements are necessary. 

 

TDA reciprocates with the states below in most agricultural application categories.  For more specific information on categories, contact TDA at (800) 835-5832 or (512) 463-7622.

 

Arkansas
Most field crops, right-of-way, no aerial application

Indiana
Most field crops, right-of-way, aerial application

Kansas
Most field crops, right-of-way, no aerial application

Louisiana
Most field crops, right-of-way, aerial application

Minnesota
Most field crops, right-of-way, aerial application

Nebraska
Most field crops, right-of-way, aerial application

New Mexico
Most field crops, right-of-way, no aerial application

Oklahoma 
Most field crops, right-of-way, no aerial application

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