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.

Coming Soon: Mini-Barbershop Permits - In its previous session, the Texas Legislature passed a bill to license Mini-Barbershops. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below to find out what a Mini-Barbershop is, who needs to get a Mini-Barbershop permit, and other important details. We recommend reading all of the FAQs, as they answer the most common questions about Mini-Barbershops. Read the Mini-Barbershop FAQs

The Advisory Board on Barbering met June 23 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

Your Voice Matters: Feedback for TDLR's Barbering Program

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amended rules regarding the Barbers program (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 effective date of the rule adoption is July 1, 2014.  The adoption justification is available online.


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 took 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

If you have questions, please post them on TDLR’s Facebook page, tweet us, or email us.


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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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