How to Get a Copy of My Texas Food Handler's Permit

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People in Texas who have successfully completed a food safety training program receive a Texas Food Handler's Permit. The organization through which you completed the training will issue you the permit by mail or in person. Or, you can print it out if you take and pass an online food handler's safety course. The permit serves as proof to employers in the food industry that you have completed the course. If you misplace the permit, you can obtain another copy through the organization that granted it to you, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  • Contact the organization that issued the Texas Food Handler's Permit to you in order to obtain a copy, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Calling the organization is the quickest way to get the information.

  • Ask the organization how you can obtain a copy of the food handler's permit.

  • Follow the provider's instructions, which may include going online and printing out another permit or waiting to have a new one mailed to you. For example, if you obtained your Texas Food Handler's Permit from an organization that offers online food handler's classes and permits, such as Texas Food Card, Safeway Certifications or Food Handler Classes, you can log in and print a copy of your Texas food handler's permit directly from the organization's website. There is no fee to reprint the permit. If the provider doesn't have an online printing option, you can request that a copy of the Texas Food Handler's permit be mailed to you. There may or may not be a fee involved.

Tips & Warnings

  • The method that you use to replace the permit will depend on the provider that issued it to you.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services has stated that they will not issue you a copy of your Food Handler's Permit. You must contact the organization that originally issued it to you to receive another copy. If you have any questions about this procedure, you can contact the following:
  • Food Establishments Group MC 1987
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • P. O. Box 149347
  • Austin, Texas 78714-9347
  • Phone: 512-834-6753
  • Fax: 512-834-6683

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