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TDLR Adopts Rule Review

At their meeting held January 11, 2019, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 82, Barbers, effective January 25, 2019.

The rule review adoption was published in the February 8, 2019 issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 597).

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Barbers program to review the rule review adoption.

SHEARS Student Enrollment Video

Barbering school staff can now view an instructional video that shows how to enroll a barbering student using the Student Hour and Enrollment Automated Reporting System (SHEARS). View the SHEARS student enrollment video


Barber and Cosmetology Schools Now Allowed at the Same Location

TDLR is making an important change to how we license barber and cosmetology schools. Effective immediately, barber and cosmetology schools will be allowed to operate at the same location.

This change will remove impediments for school operators, help streamline our regulations, and make the application review process easier during initial licensing for barbering and cosmetology schools.

Here’s why we’re making this change: Senate Bill 2065 (85th Texas Legislature, 2017) removed the established square footage requirements for schools and stated that the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation may not enforce standards for barbering and cosmetology buildings or facilities that are not related to health and safety.

In response to this change in the law, and to the feedback we received during our 2018 Strategic Planning sessions, we evaluated our historic position regarding barber and cosmetology schools operating on the same premises and in the same space.

We have concluded that barber and cosmetology schools can safely operate in the same space; however, schools may not operate in the same space at the same time. Schools who offer both programs must hold both school licenses and meet all requirements for both the barbering and cosmetology programs.

We believe this decision will remove burdens for schools but will not impact the health and safety of students or the standards for the barbering and cosmetology programs.

It is our hope that these changes will provide real cost-savings, especially for public schools with a limited amount of funds and for small business owners who will save on rent, utilities, equipment, supplies, payroll, and maintenance.

Please direct any questions or comments to

Barber School Approved Curriculum Search

If you are searching for a specific course type being offered in a certain area of the state, use the School Approved Curriculum Search tool.

TDLR Resuming Regular Inspections

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, TDLR temporarily stopped initial and periodic inspections of Barber, Cosmetology and Driver Education school facilities in the disaster areas. On November 1, 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 facility being repaired due to Harvey, then the inspector will return at a later date, to complete the inspection.

TDLR is continuing to provide a grace period for expired licenses, waive late renewal fees, provide duplicate license replacements for free, granting additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to students, granting approval for temporary locations for schools which suffered severe damage, granting waivers for instructional time missed and reporting hours for waived instructional time on behalf of schools in the disaster area.

Please contact if you have questions or need additional information regarding schools or continuing education. Contact TDLR at 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.

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 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

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

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

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

October 1, 2018 Meeting

The Advisory Board on Barbering met October 1 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available 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.