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Sign Required for All Cosmetology Establishments and Schools

Beginning February 1, 2018, all cosmetology businesses - including mini-salons, specialty salons, mobile salons, and schools - are required by Texas law to display a sign with information about available services and assistance to victims of human trafficking. TDLR has created a sign for you to download and use in your place of business:

Download the human trafficking sign

This requirement was put into place by the 85th Texas Legislature in 2017.

Please download the sign and display it in your business. The sign must be placed in a prominent location where it can be seen by the public.


On September 1, 2017, the provisions of House Bill 2552 went into effect, which require that any business holding a license issued under Chapter 1602 of the Occupations Code display a sign concerning services and assistance to victims of human trafficking. The law states:

“Sec. 1602.408.  POSTING OF CERTAIN NOTICES REQUIRED.  (a) In this section, "licensed facility" means the premises of a place of business that holds a license, certificate, or permit under this chapter.
(b)  A licensed facility shall display a sign approved by or acceptable to the commission or the department concerning services and assistance available to victims of human trafficking.
(c)  The sign required by this section must be in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and include a toll-free telephone number of a nationally recognized information and referral hotline for victims of human trafficking.
(d)  The commission by rule shall establish requirements regarding the posting of signs under this section.”

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of fear of the traffickers, fear of law enforcement, and/or language barriers. For more information on human trafficking, visit the Office of the Attorney General website.

2. Why are we required to display the sign?
The requirement was added by House Bill 2552, which passed in the 2017 legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2017. The sign requirement is now part of the Cosmetology law.

3. Does every mini-salon need to display the human trafficking information sign?
Yes. The law requires each licensed cosmetology business to display the sign. This includes each mini-salon, specialty salon, mobile salon, and school.

4. What happens if I don’t display the sign?
TDLR inspectors will have copies of the sign available during their upcoming inspections in case your business does not have the sign displayed. If an inspector returns for a future inspection and the sign is still not displayed, then a violation may be noted on your inspection report.

More information on how to combat human trafficking:

SCAM ALERT! – Fake TDLR Letters Demand Money with Green Dot MoneyPak Cards

(Tieng Viet / En Español)

TDLR received reports of a scammer mailing fake TDLR letters to license holders. The scammer is targeting people with previous TDLR violations and will likely mention those violations. He may also say he is from the “sheriff’s office” or “OSHA” and may indicate he is trying to help the business owner.

This sophisticated scam includes falsely telling business owners their license is suspended and instructing them to get a “Business Surety Bond.” The scammer also demands money or payment with Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

It appears the scam targets Vietnamese and Spanish speakers by providing false TDLR phone numbers for these languages.

Please see the attached example of one type of scam letter we have seen recently.


  • TDLR will never ask you to pay a penalty or fine without first sending a Notice of Alleged Violation to you by certified mail.
  • TDLR will never request or accept money or gift cards under any circumstances while visiting your business.
  • TDLR does not request or accept payments via Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

If you receive a suspicious call or email like this, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Please also call TDLR at 800-803-9202 to verify we did not contact you.

Scams like this one can happen anywhere. Please use the information above to identify any suspicious or potentially illegal activity. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code.

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments and a repeal to existing rules regarding the Cosmetologists program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 83, §§83.10, 83.22 - 83.25, 83.29, 83.31, 83.40, 83.50 - 83.52, 83.54, 83.70 - 83.73, 83.78, 83.80, 83.102 and 83.105; and repeal §83.53).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of January 15, 2018.

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.

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

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.

Cosmetology School Closures

Our first priority is to provide answers to common questions for students affected by a Cosmetology School closure. Please visit the School Closure Frequently Asked Questions page.

Advisory Board Meetings

Previous Meeting - November 13, 2017

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology met November 13, 2017 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses

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.

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