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These questions and answers concern the consolidation of barbering regulation into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Other questions and answers regarding the practice of barbering will be added as they arise.
- Shampooing - NEW!
- Licensing and Permits
- Education and Schools
- New Sterilization Requirements
- Mobile Barber Shops
- OAG Denial of License Renewal
- Coffee, Tea, and Other Beverages in Barber Shops
- Can I still apply for a Texas Barber Shampoo Apprentice Permit?
- Can I still use my Texas Barber Shampoo Apprentice Permit after September 1, 2013?
- What permit or license do I need if I want to shampoo and condition hair in a barber shop?
- Is it true that I can shampoo and condition in a barber shop using my student permit?
- Can my school get any of my earnings for shampooing and conditioning hair in a barber shop?
- Do the hours worked in a barber shop shampooing and conditioning hair count towards my course completion for my license?
No. Changes made to the law by the 2013 Legislature prohibit TDLR from issuing a new shampoo apprentice permit after August 31, 2013.
Yes, current permit holders may continue to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed barber shop or dual shop until the permit expires.
You can shampoo and condition hair with a Class A Barber license, Barber Technician license, Shampoo Apprentice permit, or with your active barber student permit.
Yes, an active barber student permit allows you to work in a barber shop to shampoo and condition hair.
No, all hours must be completed at a licensed barber school.
- What are the requirements to obtain barber licenses in Texas?
- I am a licensed barber in a state other than Texas. How do I get a license in Texas (reciprocity)?
- What is the minimum age to obtain a barber license?
- If I move my shop do I have to get a new shop permit?
- I just bought a barber shop from the previous owner. May I continue to operate the shop under the old shop permit until it expires?
- Who has to have a Booth Rental Permit?
- Do I have to be a barber to own a barber shop?
- I own a barber shop and would like to employ both barbers and cosmetologists. Can I do that under my barber shop permit?
- I own a barber shop and have both employees and booth renters working there. Am I responsible for making sure their licenses and permits are current?
- My license has expired. May I still renew my license?
- Is it okay for me to work with an expired license, certificate or permit?
- I did not receive my renewal notice. How do I renew my license?
- How do I notify you that my address has changed?
- I am a licensed barber in Texas who is planning to move to another state. How do I get licensed in my new state?
- How do I get a letter of certification?
- What can prevent me from renewing my license?
- I renewed my license online several weeks ago but I have not yet received my license. What should I do?
- I tried to renew my license online but the system would not accept my renewal. What do I do now?
- I mailed my license renewal to you last week. Why have I not received my renewed license in the mail?
- Do you have a schedule of fees available online?
- How can I become a Barber Instructor?
- Does Texas have a barber apprentice program?
- How can I become a Barber Specialty Instructor?
- How do I qualify for a Barber Technician/Manicurist Specialty license?
- How do I qualify for a Barber Technician/Hair Weaving Specialty license?
- I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. What are the requirements to obtain a Class A Barber license?
- I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Can I take my 300 hour barbering course in a cosmetology school?
- May all Texas licensed barber schools teach the 300 hour fast track curriculum?
- I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. What type of license will I be issued once I complete the 300 hour barber course and pass the required exams?
- I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Once I obtain my Class A Barber license, must I maintain my Cosmetology Operator or Instructor license if I want to continue to work in a cosmetology establishment?
- Is there a combination barber/cosmetology license?
- If I hold a cosmetology license in another state, can I obtain a Texas Class A Barber license by completing the 300 hour barber course?
- Why did the name of my Barber Teacher license change to Barber Instructor?
- What do I need to submit with my application for a Barber Instructor license to show I have completed 15 semester hours in education courses?
- What do I need to submit with my application for a Barber Instructor license to show I have obtained a degree in education from an accredited college or university?
- Can I work in a barber shop with my Barber Instructor license and work as an instructor in a barber school?
The requirements for barber licenses are found in Chapter 82.20.
Please see the Transferring Your Barber License From Another State page.
Applicants for a barber license must be at least 16 years old.
Yes. A shop permit is valid only at the specific location for which it was issued. A barbershop permit or specialty shop permit cannot be transferred to a new location.
No. A new shop permit is required anytime there is a change in ownership. You must obtain a new shop permit within 30 days of the date of the transfer of ownership.
Booth Rental Permits are required for all barbers, barber manicurists, and specialty license holders who are not actual employees of the shop, which typically means that they will not receive a W-2 statement from the shop owner. For questions about whether a person is considered an employee for tax purposes, please contact the Internal Revenue Service. Booth rental permits are valid at any barber shop or barber specialty shop and are not tied to a specific shop.
No. To employ both barbers and cosmetologists in the same shop, the shop must have both a barber shop permit and a cosmetology salon license or must have a dual shop license.
Yes. As a shop owner or manager you are responsible for ensuring that everyone – including employees and booth renters – performing barbering or manicuring in your shop is properly licensed. The rules require that you keep a list of all licensees working in the shop and that you check to make sure that their licenses and booth rental permits are current. The individuals working in the shop are also responsible for ensuring that their own licenses and permits are current.
Yes, you have up to 18 months from the date of expiration to renew your license, but you may not work with an expired license. You may be subject to enforcement actions, including administrative penalties and sanctions, for working with an expired license. Renew online now.
If your license has been expired for more than 18 months but less than three years, you may submit a "Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal" form with the required renewal fee.
If your license has been expired for more than three years you may not renew your license. You must apply for a new license.
No. Working with an expired license, certificate or permit is a violation of the law and may subject you to an administrative penalty.
The fastest way to renew is online. Renew online now.
If you are unable to renew online please email us or call 800-803-9202.
You can update your mailing address online or in writing by mail, fax, or email. Be sure to specify that this is a change of address. Include your name, license number, new mailing address and old mailing address. Current law requires that licensees notify the agency of all changes of address within ten days of the effective date of the move.
Contact the state agency in your new state that regulates barbering.
Send us a written request (along with the fee of $25) to provide a letter of certification to your new state. We will need your name, license number, address, and telephone number. If you attended barber school in Texas before 1987, we will also need the date you took the barber examinations or the approximate date. We will mail the certification letter to the state agency in your new state. Please mail your request to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711.
You will not be able to renew your license if:
- The license has been expired for more than the allowable time (see #10 above).
- You are delinquent on a TGSLC Guaranteed Student Loan
- The Attorney General has ordered us to suspend your license for failure to pay child support.
Contact us by email, telephone, or mail to verify your address and check for any reason the license may not have been issued.
Contact us by email, telephone, or mail.
The usual processing time for licenses is 10 to 14 working days from the date it is received at this office. Also, remember to keep your mailing address current with us at all times.
Yes. A schedule of all fees related to the Barbering program is available on the Forms and Fees page.
To be eligible for a barber instructor license, you must:
- be at least 18 years of age;
- have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate;
- hold a current Class A barber certificate;
- have completed:
- a course consisting of 750 hours of instruction in barber courses and methods of teaching in a barber school; or
- at least one year of work experience as a licensed Class A barber; and,
- have completed 500 hours of instruction in barber courses and methods of teaching in a commission-approved training program; or
- have completed 15 semester hours in education courses from an accredited college or university within the 10 years preceding the date of the application; or
- have obtained a degree in education from an accredited college or university; and
- pass the written and practical exams.
No. Applicants must complete 1,500 hours in an approved barber school or be licensed by reciprocity/endorsement from another state in which they hold a current barber license.
The qualifications for a Barber Specialty Instructor are:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate;
- Hold a current specialty license in the specialty or specialties in which you are seeking licensure;
- Have either:
- completed a course consisting of 750 hours of instruction in barber courses and methods of teaching in a barber school, or
- have least one year of licensed work experience in each of the specialties in which you are seeking licensure, and have either:
- completed 500 hours of instruction in barber courses and methods of teaching in a barber school; or
- completed 15 semester hours in education courses from an accredited college or university within the 10 years preceding the date of the application; or
- obtained a degree in education from an accredited college or university
- Pass the required written and practical exams.
The qualifications for a Barber Technician/Manicurist Specialty license are:
- Hold both an active barber technician license and an active manicurist license; or
- Be at least 17 years old and have completed the seventh grade or its equivalent. and
- Complete 900 hours of instruction in a barber technician/manicurist curriculum. or
- Complete 600 hours of instruction in a manicure curriculum and 300 hours of instruction in a barber technician curriculum.
- Pass the required written and practical exams.
The qualifications for a Barber Technician/Hair Weaving Specialty license are:
- Hold both an active barber technician license and an active hair weaving specialty certificate of registration; or
- Be at least 17 years of age and have completed the seventh grade or its equivalent and
- Complete 600 hours of instruction in a barber technician/hair weaving curriculum; or
- Complete 300 hours of instruction in a hair weaving curriculum and 300 hours of instruction a barber technician curriculum.
- Pass the required written and practical exams.
The license will be valid for two years.
- Hold an active Texas Cosmetology Operator (or Cosmetology Operator Instructor) license;
- Complete the 300 hour barbering course in a TDLR-licensed barber school;
- Pass the required Class A Barber written and practical exams; and
- Submit an application with required fee
No, the 300 hour barbering course must be completed in a licensed barber school.
All these schools are eligible to teach the course but must first have their 300 hour curriculum approved by the department
You will be issued a Class A Barber license.
30. I have a Texas cosmetology operator (or cosmetology operator instructor) license. Once I obtain my Class A Barber license, must I maintain my Cosmetology Operator or Instructor license if I want to continue to work in a cosmetology establishment?
Yes, you must maintain your cosmetology license to continue to work in a cosmetology establishment.
No, there is no combination barber/cosmetology license. If you want to work in both barber and cosmetology establishments, you must maintain both licenses.
Yes, but you must first obtain a Texas cosmetology operator license. See the Transferring Your Cosmetology License From Another State page for details.
The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1170, which changes the license title for all "Barber Teachers" in Texas to "Barber Instructors."
You must submit a copy of the transcripts from your accredited college or university that show you have completed the fifteen hours in education within the ten years prior to the date of your application.
You must submit a copy of your college degree with your application.
Yes, a person holding a Barber Instructor license may perform any act of barbering and may instruct a person in any act of barbering in a licensed barber school.
- Where can I find a list of all the barber schools in Texas?
- What are the requirements to open a barber school?
- I have completed 500 hours in an out-of-state barber school. Can I transfer those hours to a barber school in Texas?
- I have hours of training in a cosmetology school. Do those hours count toward the barber program?
- I am a barber school owner. A student in my school has completed his 1,500 hours of training but has not paid me in full for his tuition. Can I withhold his hours and authorization to take the examinations until he pays me?
- What education is required to obtain each Barber license type?
- I am a barber student in a licensed barber school. Am I allowed to be paid for cutting hair in the school?
- I am a barber student currently enrolled in one school. I want to transfer to a different barber school. How do I make sure I get credit for the hours I have already earned?
A complete list of barber schools can be found through the TDLR License Data Search page. In the “Inquire by License Type” field select “Barber Schools.” You can also enter other search criteria to make your search more specific.
You will need to complete the Barber School Permit application and submit with the required documents and a fee of $700. Fees are non-refundable.
TDLR allows the transfer of hours from out-of-state schools. You need to submit your out-of-state transcripts to TDLR. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope and signed by a school official.
Each barber school makes its own decision as to whether or not it accepts any or all of your out-of-state hours.
No. Hours earned in a cosmetology program/school are not transferable to the barber program.
5. I am a barber school owner. A student in my school has completed his 1,500 hours of training but has not paid me in full for his tuition. Can I withhold his hours and authorization to take the examinations until he pays me?
No. Barber schools are not allowed to withhold or alter hours earned for any reason. A student who has completed the 1,500 hours is entitled to apply to take the examinations.
Texas offers the following license types under the Barbering program:
- Class A Barber: 1,500 hours (1,000 high school)
- Barber Instructor:
- a course consisting of 750 hours of instruction in barber courses and methods of teaching in a barber school; or
- at least one year of work experience as a licensed Class A barber and:
- have completed 500 hours of instruction in barber courses and methods of teaching in a commission-approved training program;
- have obtained a degree in education from an accredited college or university.
- Barber Technician Specialty License: 300 hours
- Barber Manicure Specialty License: 600 hours
- Barber Hair Weaving Specialty Certificate: 300 hours
- Barber Hair Braiding Specialty Certificate: 35 hours
- Barber Technician/Manicurist Certificate: 900 hours
- Barber Technician/Hair Weaver Certificate: 600 hours
No. Students are not licensed barbers and may not be paid for cutting hair or performing other barbering services (see 1601.002). Schools may not pay a student any additional amount of money for performing barbering services, not even as part of a contest or promotional activity.
The hours you earn will always follow you and will be in your enrollment history. If you wish to transfer to another school, make sure your current school has posted all of your hours into SHEARS. Then you may transfer to the new school once you have been dropped from the current school. You may verify your hours via the website at http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/BarberDataSearch/ .
- Is there still a practical examination requirement for applicants?
- When and where are the barber written and practical examinations held?
- How can I prepare for the practical examination?
- How do I find out if I passed or failed the examinations?
- If I pass the examination, can I start working while I wait for my license to be processed?
- I am a student who is almost ready to take my written and practical examinations. Can I work in a shop for practice to sharpen my skills before I take the examinations?
- How many hours am I required to complete to be eligible for my Class A Barber written exam?
- How will I know I am eligible to take the written exam?
- How many times can I retake my exam?
Yes. Both written and practical examinations are required for applicants who wish to become licensed.
The written and practical examinations for all potential licensees in the Barbering program are offered in several cities around the state. See the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) for your license type.
The Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) provides both the students and the schools information about both the written and practical exams.
You will immediately receive a pass/fail notice at the exam site. This notice will provide a detailed report indicating your strengths and weaknesses. You can also get your score on our website. You will need to enter your permit number to access results.
No. Do not work until you have your license. Working without a license is a violation of the law and is subject to an administrative penalty.
No. Students are only allowed to cut hair in a licensed school. Students may not receive compensation for services. A student working in a shop is subject to an administrative penalty for practicing barbering without a license.
If you are enrolled in a 1,500 hour Class A Barber program then you are eligible to take your written exam once you have completed 1,000 hours.
If you are enrolled in a 1,000 hour Class A Barber program in a high school program then you are eligible to take your written exam once you have completed 900 hours.
A postcard will be sent to the address we have for you on file and you will be able to contact PSI to schedule and pay for the exam. If you have not received your postcard, please contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267 to schedule your exam.
You may take the exam as many times as you would like by paying the exam fee each time.
- What types of sterilizers or sanitizers are allowed by the Law (Chapter 1603)?
- Do the sterilizers and or sanitizers have to be FDA approved?
- What establishments are required to have an autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or ultraviolet sanitizer?
- How must each sterilized or sanitized implements instrument be stored?
- Can I still use my autoclave since the law changed?
An autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or an ultraviolet sanitizer is allowed.
No, this is no longer a requirement.
Barber shops, barber schools, specialty shops, or other facilities licensed under Chapter 1601 that offer manicure or pedicure services must have an autoclave, dry heat sterilizer or ultraviolet sanitizer.
Implements Instruments must be stored in accordance with Barber rule 82.102.
Yes, an autoclave is still an approved method to sterilize all metal implements.
- I have a mobile barber shop. May I provide services inside a person’s home?
- How can a mobile shop be inspected if it moves around?
- Must a mobile barber shop have hot and cold running water?
- What happens if the mobile barber shop runs out of potable (fresh) water during a business day?
- Is there any thing other than the mobile barber shop license needed in order to operate a mobile barber shop?
- What does “self-contained” mean in regard to a mobile barber shop?
- Does a mobile barber shop have to be “self-contained?”
- Is a mobile barber shop required to have a restroom?
- Does a mobile barber shop need different equipment than a barber shop in a fixed location?
No, the rules governing mobile barber shops do not allow services to be performed outside of the mobile shop or while the shop is in motion.
The mobile barber shop must be equipped with a Global Positioning System that can be tracked by TDLR at all times; or, the owner of the mobile barber shop must submit a weekly itinerary at least 7 days before the shop begins to provide service for that week. Violations will be written to the mobile barber shop owner if the mobile shop is not where the itinerary indicates.
Yes, just like all other barber shops, the mobile shop must have hot and cold running water at all times.
The shop must discontinue operation until the fresh water holding tank has been refilled.
TDLR does not require any other license to own a mobile barber shop. However, any one considering a mobile barber shop should research the cities in which they intend to offer services to find out whether they would need any additional type of city permit to offer services there. An owner must also be responsible to see that any barber who is employed or rents in a mobile shop is properly licensed. Barber rule §82.71 requires that an owner keep a list of employees and renters along with their license information.
Barber rule §82.71(20) states that “self-contained” means “Containing within itself all that is necessary to be able to operate without connecting to outside utilities such as water and electricity.”
Yes, the mobile shop must be able to operate without having to connect to any outside utilities.
Yes, there must be a restroom with a self-contained, flush toilet inside the mobile shop.
No, a mobile barber shop uses the same type of equipment as any other barber shop; however, there are additional requirements for a mobile shop. Some of these are:
- The furniture must be anchored to the mobile unit
- Chemicals must be stored in cabinets with safety catches
- No part of the mobile unit can be used for living or sleeping quarters.
- I received a Notice of Denial of License Renewal. Whom should I contact to resolve the matter?
- Why did I receive a Notice of Denial of License Renewal?
- Can I use my existing license after getting a license nonrenewable notice from TDLR?
- Who should I call about removing the nonrenewable status of my license?
- How can I renew my license?
- After I settle with the Office of the Attorney General, when can I renew my license?
- What will happen if I don’t get a release from the Child Support Division and my license has not expired?
- What will happen if I don’t get a release from the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division, and my license has expired?
The Child Support Division (CSD) sends these notices. Contact CSD at (800) 252-8014.
Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division records show you have not made a payment in more than 6 months.
You may not use your license after the expiration date on the license. However, you may work between the date you receive the nonrenewable notice and the expiration date on the license.
Contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division (CSD) to settle payment of any amounts you may owe and to change the nonrenewable status of your license. Contact CSD at (800) 252-8014.
First, contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to resolve payment of any amounts you may owe and obtain a release. Then, apply with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for renewal of your license.
You may not apply for renewal of your license until the Department of Licensing and Regulation receives a release from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General.
If you haven’t received a release from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General approximately 65 days before the expiration of your license, you will receive a notice from the Department that you need to get a release from the Child Support Division in order to apply to the Department for license renewal. You may not use your license after the expiration date on the license.
License holders have 365 days from the expiration date to apply for license late renewal. License holders who are barred from license renewal due to past-due child support must obtain a release from the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General and apply for renewal within the 365-day period. Otherwise, the license cannot be late renewed.
1. What will the inspectors look for when they come to my shop or school?
TDLR’s inspectors focus primarily on issues such as health, sanitation, and licensing issues.
2. Who performs the inspections of salons, schools, and other facilities?
Inspections are performed by inspectors in TDLR’s Field Operations Division.
1. I heard that a shop cannot brew coffee for clients. Is this true?
No. It is not against the department’s rules for barber shops and schools to prepare coffee, tea, and similar beverages for client consumption. For more information regarding the preparation of coffee, tea, and other similar beverages at barber establishments, please read the General Counsel’s Office Legal Opinion (19KB PDF file).
2. Will I get a fine for serving coffee or tea to my customers?
No, the department will not fine a barber, a shop, or a school for serving coffee, tea, and other similar beverages to customers. The department has never and will not issue violations for barber establishments that provide coffee, tea, and other similar beverages to the public. For more information regarding the preparation of coffee, tea, and other similar beverages at barber establishments, please read the General Counsel’s Office Legal Opinion (19KB PDF file).