Transferring Your Barber License From Another State

License holders from other states and territories may be eligible for a Texas license if their state has education and examination requirements substantially equivalent to Texas license requirements. Your work experience in certain states may also be credited toward the substantially equivalent requirement.

If you are a Texas licensee moving to another state, please check with that state's licensing agency concerning your Texas license. The information on this page does not reflect whether other states recognize Texas licenses.


Barbers with School Training

If you hold the equivalent of a Texas Class A Barber license in another state, and you received your barber training by attending a barber school, please review the table and follow the instructions below to apply.

Home State Type of Texas License Years of Experience Required for Texas License
Alabama Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Alaska Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Arizona Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Arkansas Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
California Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Colorado Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Connecticut Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Delaware Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
District of Columbia Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Florida Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Georgia Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Hawaii Texas Class A Barber One Year
Idaho (Master) Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Idaho Texas Class A Barber One Year
Illinois Texas Class A Barber One Year
Indiana Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Iowa Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Kansas Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Kentucky Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Louisiana Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Maine Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Maryland Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Massachusetts Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Michigan Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Minnesota Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Mississippi Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Missouri Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Montana Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Nebraska Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Nevada Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
New Hampshire (Master) Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
New Hampshire Texas Class A Barber One Year
New Jersey (Cosmetologist-Hairstylist) Texas Class A Barber One Year
New Mexico Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
New York Texas Class A Barber Three Years
North Carolina Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
North Dakota Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Ohio Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Oklahoma Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Oregon Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Pennsylvania Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Rhode Island Texas Class A Barber One Year
South Carolina Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
South Dakota Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Tennessee Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Utah (Barber and Barber/Cosmetologist) Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Vermont Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Virginia Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Washinton Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
West Virginia Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Wisconsin Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Wyoming Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement

 

Applying for a Barber License with School Training

To apply for a Texas Barber license using your out-of-state training and experience:

  • Verify that you have the minimum level of experience required to qualify for a Texas license, using the table above
  • Download and complete a Reciprocity Barber License Application (PDF)
  • Include the following with your application materials:
    • The non-refundable application fee of $110, in the form of a cashier's check or money order payable to "Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation"
    • A copy of your current and active barber license issued by your home state
    • A letter of certification, in a sealed envelope, from the state agency that issued your license
    • An official transcript of hours, in a sealed envelope, from the school where you obtained your training

Submit the completed application materials to: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711-2157

We ask that you send all required documents together. If your state sends the letter of certification directly to TDLR, then please send your application and all other documents together.

 


Barbers with Apprenticeship Training

TDLR now accepts training or work experience obtained through an apprenticeship program. If your license from another state is active and you have met the required work experience, you may be eligible for a Texas Barber license. Please review the table and follow instructions below to apply.

Home State Type of Texas License Years of Experience Required for Texas License
Alabama Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Alaska Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Arizona Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Arkansas Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
California Texas Class A Barber One Year
Colorado Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Connecticut Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Delaware Texas Class A Barber One Year
District of Columbia Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Florida Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Georgia Texas Class A Barber One Year
Hawaii Texas Class A Barber Three Years
Idaho (Master) Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Idaho Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Illinois Texas Class A Barber One Year
Indiana Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Iowa Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Kansas Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Kentucky Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Louisiana Texas Class A Barber One Year
Maine Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Maryland Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Massachusetts Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Michigan Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Minnesota Texas Class A Barber Three Years
Mississippi Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Missouri Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Montana Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Nebraska Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Nevada Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
New Hampshire (Master) Texas Class A Barber One Year
New Hampshire Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
New Jersey Texas Class A Barber One Year
New Mexico Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
New York (Apprentice) Texas Class A Barber Two Years
North Carolina Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
North Dakota Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Ohio Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Oklahoma Texas Class A Barber One Year
Oregon Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available
Pennsylvania Texas Class A Barber Three Years
Rhode Island Texas Class A Barber One Year
South Carolina Texas Class A Barber Three Years
South Dakota Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Tennessee Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Utah Texas Class A Barber Three Years
Vermont Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Virginia Texas Class A Barber One Year
Washington Texas Class A Barber Three Years
West Virginia Texas Class A Barber No Experience Requirement
Wisconsin Texas Class A Barber Two Years
Wyoming Texas Class A Barber License Transfer Not Available

 

Applying for a Barber License with Apprenticeship Training

To apply for a Texas Barber license using your out-of-state apprenticeship training and experience:

  • Verify that you have the minimum level of experience required to qualify for a Texas license, using the table above
  • Download and complete a Reciprocity Barber License Application (PDF)
  • Include the following with your application materials:
    • The non-refundable application fee of $110, in the form of a cashier's check or money order payable to "Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation"
    • A certificate of completion from the apprenticeship program where you received your training
    • A copy of your current and active barber license issued by your home state
    • A letter of certification, in a sealed envelope, from the state agency that issued your license
    • An official transcript of hours, in a sealed envelope, from the school where you obtained your training

Submit the completed application materials to: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711-2157

We ask that you send all required documents together. If your state sends the letter of certification directly to TDLR, then please send your application and all other documents together.


Barber Instructor with School Training

If you received your barber training by attending a barber school, please review the table and follow instructions below to apply.

Home State Type of Texas License Years of Experience Required for Texas License
Alabama Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Alaska (+ 600 hrs) Barber Instructor One Year
Arizona Barber Instructor One Year
Arkansas Barber Instructor One Year
California Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Colorado Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Connecticut Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Delaware Barber Instructor One Year
District of Columbia Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Florida Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Georgia Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Hawaii Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Idaho Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Illinois Barber Instructor One Year
Indiana Barber Instructor One Year
Iowa Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Kansas Barber Instructor One Year
Kentucky Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Louisiana Barber Instructor One Year
Maine Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Maryland Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Massachusetts Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Michigan Barber Instructor One Year
Minnesota Barber Instructor Two Years
Mississippi Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Missouri Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Montana Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Nebraska Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Nevada Barber Instructor One Year
New Hampshire Barber Instructor Barber Instructor – One Year
Master Barber Instructor – No Experience Requirement
New Jersey Barber Instructor One Year
New Mexico Barber Instructor One Year
New York Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
North Carolina Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
North Dakota Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Ohio Barber Instructor One Year
Oklahoma Barber Instructor One Year
Oregon Barber Instructor One Year
Pennsylvania Barber Instructor No Experience Requirement
Rhode Island Barber Instructor One Year
South Carolina Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
South Dakota Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Tennessee Barber Instructor One Year
Utah Barber Instructor One Year
Vermont Barber Instructor Two Years
Virginia Barber Instructor Two Years
Washington Barber Instructor One Year
West Virginia Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available
Wisconsin Barber Instructor Two Years
Wyoming Barber Instructor License Transfer Not Available

 

Applying for a Barber Instructor License

To apply for a Texas barber instructor license using your out-of-state training and experience:

  • Verify that you have the minimum level of experience required to qualify for a Texas license, using the table above
  • Download and complete a Barber Instructor License by Reciprocity Application (PDF)
  • Include the following with your application materials:
    • The non-refundable application fee of $120, in the form of a cashier's check or money order payable to "Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation"
    • A copy of your current and active barber instructor license issued by your home state
    • A letter of certification, in a sealed envelope, from the state agency that issued your license
    • An official transcript of hours, in a sealed envelope, from the school where you obtained your training

Submit the completed application materials to: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711-2157

We ask that you send all required documents together. If your state sends the letter of certification directly to TDLR, then please send your application and all other documents together.