Licensee Guide to House Bill 1560 Changes

What is Happening?

In 2021, the state legislature chose to consolidate the cosmetology and barbering licensing programs with the passage of House Bill 1560 (87R).

Although barbers and cosmetologists often provide identical services, Texas has historically divided these groups into separate licensing programs, which results in different rules for people who provide the same services.


What Does this Mean for Me?

The primary goals of this change are to eliminate burdensome regulation on you, and to make TDLR more efficient in serving you.

Please select your license type to see specific changes that will apply to you:


When is this Happening?

The law requires that all changes must be completed by September 1, 2023.

Until then, TDLR will continue issuing separate cosmetology and barbering licenses.

TDLR is legally required to create new administrative rules for the Barbering and Cosmetology program that will implement the new law into practice. The rules will provide detailed requirements for licensing, inspections, health/safety standards, and more.

We hope to have the rules implemented and finalized in January of 2023.


Get Involved

The proposed barbering and cosmetology rules were published in the Texas Register on September 23, 2022.

You can review the rules in their entirety and provide us with feedback through our public comments form. Public comment is open until October 24, 2022.

Read the Rules    Provide Comments

A summary of the combined changes can be viewed online.


Stay Informed

Keep up-to-date on what’s going on with the barbering and cosmetology program merger:

  • Sign up for Email Updates
  • Follow Us on Social Media
  • Attend TDLR Open Meetings
    • Meeting notifications are sent by email (see above) and are posted on the meetings page.
    • Every Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Board meeting is open to the public.
    • The meeting agendas, when they are published, will contain information on how to make public comments.
  • Still Have Questions?