State accreditation reciprocal food service manager certificate - initial application

Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Admin fee
Valid Period
balance of time left on certificate being transferred or 5 years from effective date of certificate being transferred, which ever is less
Processing Time
30 minutes
Houston Health Department

Plan Review:

1002 Washington Ave, 3rd floor
Houston, TX 77002

Inspections and Permits:

8000 North Stadium Dr., 2nd floor
Houston, TX 77054

7:30 am to 4:30 pm


Food personnel in possession of a current accredited national or State of Texas food safety card/certificate must obtain the City of Houston Food Service Manager’s Certification. Applicant may obtain a City of Houston certification by reciprocity.

After Approval

This Certificate shall be posted in view of the public in the establishment where the certified person is employed. This certification shall be in the form of an identification card. This card shall be on the holder's person as proof of certification at all times while on duty.

Conditions & Exceptions

Plan review is only required for unrestricted mobile units.

Statutory Authority
What You Need

Complete the application.

Apply in Person

Apply in person at the Environmental Permits Office at 8000 North Stadium, first floor (77054).

Apply by Mail

Complete the application and mail to the address on the application.

Apply by Fax

Complete the application and fax it to the Environmental Permits Office at 832.393.5208.

Conditions & Exceptions

Certificate being transferred must be from an approved course/agency