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Inspections of Barber Facilities in Hurricane Disaster Areas

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, TDLR temporarily stopped periodic inspection of Barber and Cosmetology facilities in the disaster areas. On October 16, 2017, we will resume our regular inspection schedule. We will make every effort to avoid locations damaged by flooding. If a TDLR inspector arrives at a business being repaired due to flooding, he/she will return at a later date.

TDLR will expedite pre-license Barber and Cosmetology School inspections. School periodic inspections continue to be on hold until further notice.

TDLR is continuing to provide a grace period for expired licenses, waive late renewal fees and provide duplicate license replacements for free.

Contact TDLR at recovery@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202 to order a duplicate license at no cost.

If you need to temporarily change your address, phone number, or email address, please update your contact information online.

For more information, visit TDLR’s Harvey web page.

TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules - Barbers

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to existing rules for the Barbers program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 82, §§82.10, 82.20, 82.22, 82.23, 82.29, 82.40, 82.50, 82.52, 82.54, 82.70 - 82.72, 82.78, 82.80, 82.102, and 82.108; and proposes the repeal of current §82.53). The proposed amendments and repeal is necessary to implement bills passed during the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017.

The proposed rules are published in the October 6, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 5315). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until November 6, 2017.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Barbers program to review the rule proposal online at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/barbers/barberprop.htm. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Schools and Students

TDLR's response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster includes streamlining procedures to help small businesses, our licensees and students recover as quickly as possible.

The following procedures are in effect for all TDLR-licensed schools in the counties listed in Governor Greg Abbott's disaster proclamation during the declared disaster period and any extensions:

  • Immediate relief for students. Cosmetology, Barber and Driver Education students should be granted additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to the student. Some schools are using Distance Education for displaced students.
  • Extended grace period for expired school licenses. Schools in the affected area with licenses expired beyond the usual expiration limits will be allowed to renew.
  • Temporary locations allowed. Schools needing to relocate to a temporary location can do so without having a temporary license. If relocation is needed, please email your school name, license number, the relocation address, phone number, and email address to Education@tdlr.texas.gov or calling 1-800-803-9202. Please place Harvey in the subject line of your email.
  • Inspections suspended. Schools located in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey will not be inspected during the declared disaster period. TDLR's priority is providing assistance and ensuring the safety of students and faculty. We will resume inspections once the disaster period has ended.

TDLR is committed to helping our fellow Texans through the recovery process, and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.

Notice for All Schools and Educational Programs Licensed by TDLR

As of September 1, 2017, House Bill 1508 requires that all entities providing educational or instructional programs that prepare a student for an occupation or vocation requiring a TDLR license to:

    1. Inform the student or program participant that eligibility for a TDLR license could be affected by the person’s criminal history;
    2. Notify students and participants that TDLR is responsible for having in place guidelines regarding a license applicant's criminal history, and to include information on an applicant's ability to be licensed under those guidelines;
    3. Provide students with information on other state or local restrictions that would affect the student’s eligibility for an occupational license issued by TDLR;
    4. Inform students of the student's right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from TDLR;
    5. Provide all persons who enroll in their program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. 

An educational entity or training program operator who fails to provide this information to a person who is enrolled in their course may be liable for tuition or application fees paid by any student who is denied a TDLR license due to the existence of a criminal conviction. (see more information)

Important Information on Shampoo Apprentice Permits, Shampoo Specialty Certificates, and Threading

Senate Bill 2065 was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15, 2017. S.B. 2065 deregulates statewide regulation of hair shampooing and conditioning and clarifies that the practice of threading does not require a barber, cosmetologist, or specialty license. All existing shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates will expire on September 1, 2017.

Since a shampoo apprentice permit or a shampoo specialty certificate will no longer be required after September 1, 2017, TDLR has extended the expiration dates for all active shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates to September 1, 2017.

Effective immediately, TDLR is no longer accepting new or renewal applications for the shampoo apprentice permit or the shampoo specialty certificate. Any new or renewal applications for these permits or certificates will be returned to the sender. We do not plan on mailing out revised permits or certificates, but the extended expiration dates can be verified through the license search feature on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599, or email CS.Barbers@tdlr.texas.gov

Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning Videos

TDLR has created a web video on cleaning procedures after each client. Videos are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

SCAM ALERT! — Man Posing as TDLR Inspector Attempts to Collect Money from Cosmetologists

(Tieng Viet / En Español)

TDLR received reports of a man posing as a TDLR inspector to try to take money from cosmetologists. According to the reports, the suspect called salons in Stafford and falsely identified himself as a TDLR inspector. He attempted to set a time for an inspection where he would collect inspection fees.

***NOTE: A real TDLR inspector will never request or accept money under any circumstance while visiting a salon.***

Please contact the police immediately if you encounter this individual. If you believe this individual has visited your salon or you have any concerns, please contact TDLR customer service at 800-803-9202 or CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov.

Real TDLR inspectors visiting a salon CANNOT and WILL NOT:

- charge for performing an inspection;
- accept payment of license fees;
- request money for violations; or
- charge for copies of an inspection.

Real TDLR inspectors WILL:

- introduce themselves;
- show their State of Texas employee ID card;
- provide their contact information upon request;
- provide their TDLR business card upon request; and
- provide a Proof of Inspection report before leaving

Scams like this one can happen anywhere. Please use the info above to identify suspicious or potentially illegal activity. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code. If you believe this individual has visited your salon or you have any concerns, please contact TDLR customer service at 800-803-9202 or CS.Cosmetologists@tdlr.texas.gov.

More than 16,000 Licensed Barbers in Texas

barber pole mascot photoThis month, the Barbers program reached a big milestone: there are now more than 16,000 licensed barbers in the state of Texas! As you can see from the numbers below, every two years Texas gains another 1,000 barbers. 

“This is a huge milestone for the barbering industry in Texas," said Brian Francis, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Executive Director. "The industry is thriving and growing."

  • 1/2017: 16,039 Class A Barbers
  • 1/2015: 15,001
  • 1/2013: 14,094
  • 1/2011: 13,256

Advisory Board Meetings

November 13, 2017 Meeting

The Advisory Board on Barbering is scheduled to meet Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus Building, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online.

September 18, 2017 Meeting

The Advisory Board on Barbering met September 18 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. Due to technical difficulties, the meeting was not broadcast live, but it was recorded and has been posted on TDLR's YouTube channel.


Information for Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses

For more information about obtaining a TDLR license or renewing a TDLR license that expired while serving on active duty, please go to the Military Outreach home page.

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