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These FAQs address most of the questions that we have received. If you do not see an answer to the question you submitted, please send an email message to or call (512) 936-3001.

Certain property tax consulting work by appraisers
Important questions have been raised regarding the authority of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (the Board) over property tax consulting related work perfromed by appraisers licensed or certified by the Board. The board has prepared the following frequently asked questions (FAQ's) to explain the Board’s policy. Click here to read FAQ's

  • The online system is not accepting my temporary password. What do I do? You may select & copy the temporary password in the email message you received when you registered, then paste it into the "Online Services - Login and Registration" web page when you log in. Then, you will be prompted to create a new password of your own. Keep in mind that we will never send you the password that you have created, only a temporary password. So write down your new password once you create it. If you continue to have problems, you may click the "Reset your password here" link to get another temporary password. When you log in with it, you will again be prompted to create a new password of your own.
  • If you have received a letter requesting additional information to complete your application, you must fax the information to the licensing section at (512) 936-3863 or email it to .
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser Scope of Practice – What kind of rural property can a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser appraise?
    • Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board Rule, Tex. Admin. Code Rule, 153.8 provides that a certified residential appraiser is qualified to appraise one to four residential units and vacant or unimproved land for which the highest and best use is for one-to-four family purposes. If the rural property is not a one-to-four residential unit or not vacant or unimproved land for which the highest and best use is for one-to-four family purposes, then the certified residential appraiser must not accept the appraisal assignment.
    • The determination of highest and best use is very fact specific, with guidance given by USPAP on how to do that analysis. The comment to USPAP Standards Rule 1-3(b) states, “[a]n appraiser must analyze the relevant legal, physical, and economic factors to the extent necessary to support the appraiser’s highest and best use conclusion(s)”.
    • The analysis on the highest and best use must include the appraiser’s reasoning in the report and supporting documentation in the workfile. It will be the documented reasoning in the report and workfile which will be the primary basis for TALCB to determine if the certified residential appraiser was qualified to appraise in a particular appraisal assignment.
    • If the certified residential appraiser has concerns about whether they are able to accept a particular appraisal assignment, they should consult a certified USPAP instructor or legal counsel before accepting the assignment.
  • Which online services are currently available?
    • Appraiser Trainee - initial application and renewals
    • Licensed Appraiser - initial application and Renewals
    • Certified Residential Appraiser - initial application and renewals
    • Certified General Appraiser - initial application and renewals
    • Holders of the above certifications may also manage their contact information: address, telephone number, and email address through online service.
    • Appraiser Management Company (AMC) - initial application and renewal

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