Texas Barbers

For questions concerning examinations and exam dates: examinations@tdlr.texas.gov

For questions concerning obtaining a license, license renewals, shop or salon licenses or permits, independent contractors and booth rentals, students, or schools: CS.Barbers@tdlr.texas.gov

For statute and rule compliance questions not included in the above categories: barbers@tdlr.texas.gov

For traditional mailing, please address mail to
TDLR Barbers Program
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711

Barbering

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about using military experience, service, training or education or about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military FAQs page.

Military Spouses - To apply for a Barber license please use the Barber License by Examination Application and attach the Military Spouse Supplemental Application. To apply for a Barber Instructor license please use the Barber Instructor License by Examination Application and attach the Military Spouse Supplemental Application.

The Advisory Board on Barbering is scheduled to meet Monday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda will be posted when it is available. The meeting will be broadcast live and available for viewing via RealPlayer.

TDLR proposes amendments to the Barbers program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 82, §§82.10, 82.20, 82.21, 82.22, 82.31, 82.52, 82.53, 82.70, 82.71, 82.72, 82.80, and 82.120). The proposed amendments are necessary to implement House Bill 2095 (HB 2095), 83rd Legislature, Regular Session (2013), which amended Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 1601, 1602 and 1603 and the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission’s) general rulemaking authority.

The proposed rule amendments are proposed in the March 21, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 2006). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until April 21, 2014. The Department encourages anyone interested in the Barber program to review the rule proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.


The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation amended the Barber administrative rules on November 21, 2013, to implement changes in the Barber law created by House Bill 2095 and House Bill 619 and enacted into law in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature. The justifications are online. These rule changes are also in response to the Commission’s rule simplification initiative, and include changes to clarify barbering rules.

The amended Barber rules are effective January 1, 2014 and include:

  • eliminating the requirement for a separate booth rental permit for individual licensees – this permit will now be issued at the same time the barber license is issued (effective January 1, 2014 for new licensees, February 1, 2014 for renewals); (read more about booth rental license changes)
  • eliminating any new shampoo apprentice permits (current holders of shampoo apprentice permits may continue to hold and use the permit until the permit expiration date but may not renew the permit);
  • allowing barber students to shampoo and condition hair in a license facility;
  • prohibiting barber, dual, or specialty shops from employing anyone to shampoo and condition hair unless that person holds a shampoo apprentice permit or student permit; (read more about shampooing changes)
  • authorizing licensees to provide barbering services outside a licensed facility when a customer is unable to travel to the facility because of mental or physical illness;
  • allowing TDLR to waive reciprocity license requirements for some practices of barbering that have license requirements from another state or country substantially equivalent to those of Texas;
  • amending the definitions of “dual shop”, “hair braider” and “hair weaver” to define these barbering practices by referencing the statutory definitions;
  • ensuring that the rules correspond to the current statutory requirements that barber schools must have and maintain access to permanent restrooms, adequate drinking fountain facilities, and adequate lighting for each room;
  • clarifying that a person’s license may not be on “inactive status”;
  • updating requirements for advertising, including ads placed on the internet;
  • adding the term “dual shop” to the types of shops in which independent contractors are required to hold a booth rental permit; and
  • updating the rules to reflect that TDLR will now provide the Barber law and rules book to students after their student permit is issued.

Lower Fees and Other Important Changes

On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved a reduction in the initial license, renewal, and other fees for the Barbering program. TDLR estimates this fee reduction will result in a savings for licensees of $323,790 annually, with an estimated five-year savings of $1,618,950.

In addition to reductions in license fees, law and rule book fees are now included in the application and renewal fees for student, individual and establishment licenses, certificates and permits. The Commission also approved rules eliminating the Booth Rental license fee. The Booth Rental license is now issued or renewed at the same time as the barber license, as part of that license. Read more about booth rental license changes

The following fee changes take effect Jan. 1, 2014 for initial applications and other fees, and February 1, 2014 for renewals:


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Class A Barber

• Current Initial Application Fee: $60
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $55
• SAVINGS: 8.3%

• Current Renewal Fee: $60
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $55
• SAVINGS: 8.3%

Barber Instructor

• Current Initial Application Fee: $70
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $65
• SAVINGS: 7.1%

• Current Renewal Fee: $70
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $65
• SAVINGS: 7.1%

Student Permit

• Current Initial Application Fee: $35 (includes $10 law/rules book)
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $25
• SAVINGS: 28.5%

Specialty Certificate: Hair Weaving; Hair Braiding

• Current Initial Application Fee: $43
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $30
• SAVINGS: 30.2%

• Current Renewal Fee: $43
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $30
• SAVINGS: 30.2%

Specialty Instructor: Barber Tech; Manicurist; Barber Tech/Manicurist; Barber Tech/Hair Weaving; Hair Weaving; Hair Braiding

• Current Initial Application Fee: $70
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $65
• SAVINGS: 7.1%

• Current Renewal Fee: $70
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): $65
• SAVINGS: 7.1%

Booth Rental Permit

• Current Initial Application Fee: $50
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): NO FEE
• SAVINGS: 100%

• Current Renewal Fee: $50
• REDUCED Renewal Fee (2/1/2014): NO FEE
• SAVINGS: 100%

School Original Permit

• Current Initial Application Fee: $500
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $300
• SAVINGS: 40%

Reciprocity or Endorsement Fee

• Current Initial Application Fee: $100
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $55
• SAVINGS: 45%

Verification of license, permit, or certificate to other states

• Current Initial Application Fee: $25
• REDUCED Initial Application Fee (1/1/2014): $15
• SAVINGS: 40%

“These savings result from the fee review we conduct each year, as part of our vision of ‘Smaller, Smarter Government’,” said TDLR Executive Director William Kuntz. “TDLR ensures that our license fees are reasonable and only cover the actual cost of administering our programs. With these fee reductions, our licensees and the public will receive the same high level of service but now at a lower cost.”

At their November 21st meeting, the Commission lowered fees for more than 400,000 TDLR licensees. TDLR estimates the total savings for all licensees will amount to nearly $6 million each year, with an estimated five year savings of $29,661,245.

“I’m proud that TDLR is leading the way to lower economic barriers for entry into the Texas workforce while helping businesses grow and keep more money in their pockets,” said Commission Chairman Mike Arismendez. “With these fee reductions, TDLR licensees will save real money now and for years to come.”

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.barbers@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202


Booth Rental Licenses

Effective immediately, booth renters do not need to apply for or renew a booth rental license. All active barbering individual license holders are now authorized to rent booths as long as their barbering license is not expired. TDLR will no longer issue separate booth rental licenses.

This change does not affect the relationship between barber shop owners and employees/independent contractors. Employees continue to be employees and independent contractors continue to be independent contractors.

Barber shop owners must also continue to maintain a list of all employees and independent contractors renting a booth in their barber shop.

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Shampooing Changes

The 83rd Texas Legislature passed a bill that changes who may shampoo in a barber shop. The bill took effect September 1, 2013. Key highlights include:

  • Texas barber students may shampoo and condition hair in a licensed barber shop or dual shop.
  • TDLR may no longer issue shampoo apprentice permits. Current permit holders may continue to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed barber shop or dual shop until the permit expires.

The bill allows someone holding a barber student permit to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed barber shop or dual shop. The bill likewise allows a barber shop or dual shop owner to employ a barber student to shampoo and condition hair.

The student’s barber school may not receive any compensation for the student sThese changes take effect September 1, 2013. Please see a detailed explanation of the changes below.hampooing or conditioning in the barber shop or dual shop.

The State of Texas (TDLR) may no longer issue shampoo apprentice permits. Current shampoo apprentice permit holders may continue to shampoo and condition hair in a licensed barber shop or dual shop until the permit expires.  Barber shops or dual shops may continue to employ shampoo apprentice permit holders to shampoo and condition hair.

Read the full bill, House Bill 2095

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TDLR announces two vacancies on the Advisory Board on Barbering established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1601. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 TAC §82.65. The purpose of the Advisory Board on Barbering is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and the Department on: education and curricula for applicants; the content of examinations; proposed rules and standards on technical issues related to barbering; and other issues affecting barbering.

The Board is composed of five members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of two members who are engaged in the practice of barbering as a Class A barber and do not hold a barbershop permit; two members who are barbershop owners and hold barbershop permits; and one member who holds a permit to conduct or operate a barber school. Members serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of one or two members expiring on the same date each odd-numbered year.

This announcement is for two members who are engaged in the practice of barbering as a Class A barber and do not hold a barbershop permit.

Interested persons should download an application from the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation by telephone (800) 803-9202, FAX (512) 475 2874 or Email advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov. Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.

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The Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning and Disinfection Record is available to download from the TDLR website. This form replaces the old Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning and Disinfection Record and was developed with input and guidance from TDLR’s Compliance and Enforcement staff. We’ve also updated our Foot Spa Sanitation Requirements handout, with useful information on how to comply with the law and rules. Some of the improvements to the Cleaning & Disinfection Record include:

  • Easy-to-read column headings that ask “when, who, and what”
  • Client’s name no longer required
  • PRINTED staff name and license number of who performed cleaning & disinfection now required
  • Column added to indicate when spa liner was used

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