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Barbering and Cosmetology Instructor License Renewals
June 16, 2022
On or after 09/01/2022, when you attempt to renew your instructor license, TDLR will instead issue a comparable license that allows you to continue to provide services and instruction within the scope of your license. For more information about this change, please see: Teacher Training and Professional Development at Licensed Schools.
TDLR Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, Esthetician and Manicurist Exams Now Available in Korean and Simplified Chinese
May 3, 2022
TDLR is pleased to announce that starting on May 1, 2022, we will begin offering the following examinations in Simplified Chinese and Korean:
- Texas Manicurist Written Examination
- Texas Esthetician Written Examination
- Texas Cosmetology Operator Written Examination
- Texas Class A Barber Written Examination
These additional language offerings will reduce the burden of costly translation services and allow candidates to sit for their examinations in their native languages. TDLR is committed to expanding testing options for all candidates and industries we serve.
Beware Of People Posing As TDLR Inspectors
April 26, 2022
Inspectors for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will never request or accept money under any circumstances while calling, visiting or conducting an inspection.
Real TDLR inspectors will:
- introduce themselves;
- show their State of Texas employee ID card;
- provide their contact information upon request; and
- provide their TDLR business card upon request.
Real TDLR inspectors cannot and will not:
- accept payment for license fees;
- request money for violations; or
- charge for inspections.
If someone posing as a TDLR employee approaches or calls you, please contact TDLR and law enforcement immediately. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony in Texas.
Important Notice for All Barber Technician Licensees and Schools
January 25, 2022
House Bill 1560 was passed during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2021. Section 3 of the bill provides that barber technician, barber technician/manicurist and barber technician/hair weaver specialty licenses will transition to new license types no later than September 1, 2023. Barber technicians will transition to holding esthetician licenses, barber technician/manicurists will become esthetician/manicurists, and barber technician/hair weavers will hold esthetician/hair weaving specialist licenses.
TDLR will provide advance notice for transitioning technician licenses to new license types at a later date. Until this transition occurs, licensed technicians who are eligible for renewal should continue to renew their technician licenses.
Schools are required to continue reporting hours for students currently enrolled in a barber technician, barber technician/manicurist or a barber technician/hair weaver specialty course, until further notice. If a student does not want to complete the course, they should submit the proper withdrawal request to the school. Schools must provide refunds to students for unused tuition based on the current laws and rules.
Effective immediately, schools may no longer enroll students in the barber technician, barber technician/manicurist or barber technician/hair weaver courses through SHEARS. Student permit applications submitted to TDLR by mail will be returned. Students who are currently enrolled in technician courses will be eligible to take the technician exams upon successful completion of the technician courses and if they pass the exams, may still be issued a technician license.
Please sign up for email updates to be notified when the transition to new license types will take place.
New Human Trafficking Awareness Signs Required No Later Than January 1, 2022
November 9, 2021
Beginning January 1, 2022, all cosmetology businesses- including specialty salons, mobile salons, and schools– and all massage establishmentsand massage schoolsare required by Texas law to display a sign with information about available services and assistance to victims of human trafficking, including information on how to report suspicious activity to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The sign has information in five languages.
TDLR has created a sign for you to download and use:
This requirement was put into place by the 87th Texas Legislature in 2021. Please download the signand display it in your business. The sign must be placed in a prominent location where it can be seen by the public.
House Bill 3721, which went into effect on September 1, 2021, requires all cosmetology businesses and massage establishments and schools to display a sign concerning services and assistance to victims of human trafficking. The signs, which had already been required, now must also include information on reporting suspicious activity to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The signs must be displayed no later than January 1, 2022.
More information on how to combat human trafficking:
Notice to Instructors on Renewals
October 6, 2021
House Bill 1560 was passed during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2021. Section 3 of the bill eliminates barber and cosmetology instructor licenses no later than September 1, 2023. TDLR will provide advance notice of the date for transitioning instructors to new license types at renewal. Until this transition occurs, licensed instructors who are eligible for renewal should continue to renew their instructor licenses. Please sign up for email updatesto be notified when this transition will take place.
Teacher Training and Professional Development at Licensed Schools
September 29, 2021
Individuals are no longer required to have instructor licenses to teach courses in licensed barber or cosmetology schools in Texas.
Individuals teaching courses at a licensed barber or cosmetology school in Texas must have a TDLR barbering or cosmetology license in the specialty area they will be teaching. Individuals with a Class A Barber license or Cosmetology Operator license may teach all methods of barbering or cosmetology.
TDLR will no longer recognize the completion of an instructor course or award any credit for instructor courses. Students who were enrolled in an instructor course prior to September 1, 2021, can decide whether they want to complete the course.
Schools cannot offer credit for completing any professional development teacher training programs for teachers who teach barber or cosmetology courses and TDLR will not award any credit for completing these courses.
Will TDLR provide a certificate of approval for instructor courses?
No. Beginning September 1, 2021, TDLR certificates of approval will only reflect courses that lead to a state license to offer services. Because TDLR will no longer approve instructor courses, those courses will no longer be reflected on certificates of approval.
Can licensed schools continue to offer barber and cosmetology instructor courses?
Yes; however, if schools offer professional development teacher training programs, TDLR will not award any credit for completing the training.
What are the requirements or qualifications for a person to teach barber or cosmetology in a licensed school?
HB1560 eliminated the barber and cosmetology instructor license, allowing licensed schools more flexibility in hiring teachers for barbering and cosmetology courses.
After September 1, 2021, a licensed school may employ a person to teach if the person holds a TDLR license to perform the acts of barbering or cosmetology that the person will be teaching. An instructor license is no longer required to teach barbering or cosmetology.
Licensed schools will be responsible for verifying that teachers hold the appropriate barbering or cosmetology license for the courses they will be teaching. Schools may also determine what other qualifications they want to require for those teachers being hired to teach at their school. TDLR will not award any credit for completing a professional development teacher training program offered by licensed barber or cosmetology schools.
New Provisions for Teaching Barbering & Cosmetology in Licensed Schools
August 30, 2021
ATTENTION Schools and Students:
After September 1, 2021, you are not required to hold an instructor license to teach barbering or cosmetology in a licensed school.
HB1560 eliminated the barber and cosmetology instructor licenses which allows licensed schools more flexibility in hiring teachers for barbering and cosmetology courses.
A licensed school may only employ a person to teach if the person holds a TDLR license to perform the acts of barbering or cosmetology that the person will teach.
- A person who holds a Class A Barber license, may teach all methods of barbering.
- A person who holds a Cosmetology Operator license, may teach all methods of cosmetology.
- However, a person who holds a Manicure license, may teach only the services a licensed manicurist may perform.
TDLR will discontinue issuing Barber and Cosmetology instructor licenses no later than September 1, 2023.
Please sign upfor email updates to receive the latest information about upcoming barber and cosmetology program changes, rule proposals, and public meetings.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Education & Examination Division
Important Updates Regarding Instructor Courses and Students
August 18, 2021
ATTENTION Schools and Students: House Bill 1560 was passed during the 87th Texas Legislative Session (2021) and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2021. Section 3 of the bill eliminates the barber and cosmetology instructor license.
Schools are required to continue reporting hours for students currently enrolled in a barber or cosmetology instructor course, until further notice. If a student does not want to complete the course, they should submit the proper withdrawal request to the school. Schools must provide refunds to students for unused tuition based on the current laws and rules.
HB 1560 Update: Instructor Licensing
August 9, 2021
What is going to happen to current Barber and Cosmetology instructor licenses? Will I be issued a different license?
Current instructor licenses will remain valid until expiration. TDLR will discontinue issuing Barber and Cosmetology instructor licenses no later than September 1, 2023. At this time, no specific date has been identified. This change will occur as TDLR begins to administer a combined Barbering and Cosmetology program.
TDLR will announce a date soon for transitioning instructors to new license types at renewal. Eligible licensed Barber or Cosmetology instructors who submit a renewal application and fee will receive the license(s) equivalent to their field(s) of instruction, if they don’t already have them. If you have a current Cosmetology Operator, Class A Barber, or specialty license - in addition to your instructor license - you can continue to teach using that license after your instructor license expires.
Who can teach in Barber and Cosmetology in schools after September 1, 2021?
Effective September 1, 2021, a school may employ someone to provide instruction if the person holds a TDLR license to perform the acts of barbering or cosmetology for which the person will provide instruction. For example, a person who holds a Class A Barber license may teach allmethods of barbering and a person who holds a Cosmetology Operator license may teach allmethods of cosmetology. However, a licensed Manicurist may teach onlythe services a licensed manicurist may perform.
A licensed school may offer instruction in the course curriculums which have been approved by the department. A licensed school must have at least one person on the school’s premises to instruct for every 25 students.
Texans Can Apply to be a Volunteer Member of the Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Board
August 9, 2021
Texans interested in serving as volunteer members of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Board have until September 15 to apply for one of nine slots on the board. Members will serve staggered six-year terms.
HB 1560, TDLR’s Sunset legislation, dissolved the existing Advisory Board on Barbering and the existing Advisory Board on Cosmetology as of August 31, 2021, and created this new advisory board, which will start meeting in early 2022.
The board will provide technical knowledge and industry expertise to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and TDLR, which regulates the barbering and cosmetology professions in Texas.
Member vacancies include:
- Four members who each hold an individual practitioner license (for an individual practitioner, establishment or school) including:
- At least one holder of a Class A Barber license;
- At least one holder of a Cosmetology Operator license;
- Two members who each hold an establishment license;
- Two members who each hold a school license; and
- One public member. The public member cannot have any association with the barbering or cosmetology professions.
Members of the board will not be compensated, and they must cover their own expenses if they need to travel to Austin as part of their duties. Legislation in the most recent session allows TDLR advisory boards and commissions to meet via videoconference, so any travel may be limited. All applications will be considered, and TDLR will contact applicants who were chosen to serve on the board.
Update on House Bill 1560
July 30, 2021
House Bill 1560was passed by the 87th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2021. Section 3 of the bill eliminates some barber and cosmetology license types and consolidates the existing barbering and cosmetology laws into one combined chapter – Chapter 1603.
- Applicable barber and cosmetology rules will remain in effect until the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopts new rules.
- Effective September 1, 2021, the practices that previously required a wig specialty license will be deregulated, and a license will no longer be required for an individual to perform those services.
- All other current license types will remain valid until expiration.
- TDLR has until September 1, 2023, to implement the new requirements of HB 1560.
Please sign upfor email updates to receive the latest information about upcoming barber and cosmetology program changes, rule adoptions, and public meetings.
Updated Guidance for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals
May 24, 2021
The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the following Updated Guidance for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals. https://open.texas.gov/
Please note that business owners may choose to require additional safety protocols related to COVID-19 safety.
Revised Checklists For Reopening Texas
March 10, 2021
Below are the revised guidelines created by the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas:
- Cosmetology Hair Salon Customers (PDF)
- Cosmetology Hair Salons (PDF)
- Nail Salons Customers (PDF)
- Nail Salons (PDF)
Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Masks and Business Capacity
March 5, 2021
The Governor’s Executive Order removes state-imposed restrictions on business capacity and masks. Effective Wednesday, March 10, there are no COVID-19 related operating limits for any business or other establishment.
Individuals are strongly encouragedto wear masks over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person who does not live in the same household. (Please note that counties in trauma service regions with hospitalization rates above 15% for 7 days can implement other requirements.)
According to the Governor's executive order, nothing prevents businesses – including hair, esthetician and nail salons, lash salons, barber shops, barber or cosmetology schools, laser hair establishments or massage establishments – from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including wearing a mask.
Driver Education schools may chooseto require employees or students to wear masks and to social distance.
The order also strongly encouragesall Texans to use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the DSHS health recommendations.
E-Exams added for Cosmetology Examinations
March 5, 2021
Starting on March 8, 2021, candidates for the Cosmetology written examinations will be able to choose to take a traditional written examination at one of 22 PSI site locations across Texas or to take an examination through a virtual online process offered by PSI. This process, known as e-exams, will provide a faster, safer and more convenient process for candidates to obtain a license from TDLR.
E-exams are conducted in a virtual environment using the test taker’s computer, webcam video and audio to create a secure and controlled testing environment. A remote proctor monitors the examination and ensures the test taker’s identity using sophisticated technology.
To view a demo of how e-exams work, visit https://psi.wistia.com/medias/5kidxdd0ry.
View the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB)for complete examination requirements and information
Sunset Advisory Commission Recommendations Regarding Barbering and Cosmetology Program Changes
January 14, 2021
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) was reviewed by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission in accordance with state law.
In June 2020, Sunset Commission staff released their report containing recommendations for changes to TDLR’s operations and the licensing programs that TDLR oversees.
On January 13, 2021, the Sunset Commission decided to adopt Sunset Staff Recommendation 3.2 to eliminate barbering and cosmetology instructor licenses.
- So what happens now?
Sunset Commission decisions that require a change in statute (including Recommendation 3.2) will be introduced as legislation during the current legislative session. TDLR’s Sunset legislation will be considered in the same way that other bills are considered and there will be an opportunity for public input during the legislative session.
- When will TDLR’s Sunset bill be introduced?
At this time, we do not know when TDLR’s Sunset legislation will be introduced. Once we know what the bill number(s) are, we will post information to https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/legislation.htm. A great resource for locating and tracking legislation can be found at https://capitol.texas.gov/.
Commission Adopts Administrative Rules
October 20, 2020
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendmentsto an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 83, §83.72, regarding the Cosmetology program. The adopted rule amends §83.72 in a manner identical to the June 30, 2020, emergency rulemaking, and corrects errors in the text of §83.72(w)(9)-(10), reverting the requirements for Beauty Culture Schools offering the esthetician and manicurist curriculum standards to those in place prior to the March 15, 2020, changes to this section.
The adoption justificationwas published in the October 16, 2020, issue of the Texas Register(45 TexReg 7413). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of October 20, 2020.
Certificates of Approval and School Obligations Regarding the 1,000 Hour Course of Instruction
September 16, 2020
As of September 1, 2020, all licensed Cosmetology schools must have a certificate of approval for their new 1,000-hour operator course of instruction. Schools that have not received TDLR approval may not continue to offer instruction or enroll students.
Students who have completed 1,000 hours of instruction on or after September 1, 2020, will have satisfied the education requirement for an Operator License in accordance with Section 1602.254, Occupations Code.
Students may choose to withdraw from a school after completing the required 1,000 hours of instruction. If a school receives a withdrawal request from a student, the school must drop (in the SHEARS system) those students within 10 calendar days. When dropping the student, the school must also certify the student’s tuition status. Students who have completed the required 1,000 hours of instruction will be allowed to test even if they have an outstanding tuition balance. Schools cannot withhold or fail to report a student’s earned hours to TDLR due to non-payment of tuition. However, instruction hours will not transfer between schools unless the student has met all tuition obligations to the school where the hours were earned.
If you have any questions, please contact the Education & Examination Division
How Cosmetology Schools Must Handle Student Hours
- Question 1: Cosmetology student enrolls in schools
- Question 2: Did cosmetology student complete 1000 hours?
- Question 3: Cosmetology school must drop student from SHEARS.
School cannot withhold hours if student has pending tuition payments.
go to question 4.
- Question 4: Cosmetology student may take the exam.
- Question 5: Is the cosmetology student transferring to a new school?
- If Yes, go to question 6
- Question 6: Has the cosmetology student paid for all previous hours?
- Question 7: Hours at previous cosmetology school will count toward licensure
- Question 8: Hours at previous cosmetology school will not count toward licensure
Letter from DSHS Commissioner
September 8, 2020
Dear TDLR Licensee,
As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we want to thank you for your efforts to run your business while helping contain the spread of COVID-19. While we may all be different employers, we are one Texas.
A healthy Texas is the foundation of a healthy society and economy. I applaud your efforts to safeguard the health of employees and customers. Your actions keep individuals employed and contribute valuable services to our vibrant economy.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) created COVID-19 communication tools to help you operate your business safely. Tools include videos, social media graphics and animations, plus printable posters. You also have access to minimum recommended health protocolsfor safe operation. Materials are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
The materials promote health safety practices. You can display posters in high-traffic areas such as entrances, lobbies, restrooms and break rooms. You can post social media content on your channels. You can also feature these messages in employee communication. And you can share these resources with others to use.
To access these materials, please visit the DSHS COVID-19 Communication Toolswebpage.
As a responsible business leader, you can be a part of the solution. Let’s work together for a #HealthyTexas.
John Hellerstedt, MD,
P.S. We can stop the spread of COVID-19. But it has to be all of us — working together for a #HealthyTexas. Here are some simple steps we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer if no soap and water are available.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public and in large gatherings.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs and other high-touch surfaces.
- Stay six feet apart from others.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you’re sick, get tested, then stay home.
Revised Guidelines for Cosmetology and Nail Salons
July 3, 2020
In conjunction with Gov. Greg Abbott’s July 2nd Executive Order (GA-29), the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has revised the guidelines for certain businesses.
Effective immediately, all employees and customers must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) while inside a cosmetology salon. Face masks or fabric face coverings must be worn at all times by employers, employees, contractors, and clients while inside the salon/shop, even if individuals are practicing social distancing. Face coverings can be removed temporarily only when necessary to receive a service.
Please note that all cosmetology licensees, including specialty license holders such as estheticians, should follow these health guidelines:
Nail Salon Operators
Cosmetology Salon Operators
- Cosmetology / Hair Salons - English (PDF)
- Cosmetology / Hair Salons - Spanish (PDF)
- Cosmetology / Hair Salons - Vietnamese (PDF)
The Strike Force to Open Texas also released guideline for customers to use when visiting a hair salon or nail salon:
Nail Salon Customers
- Nail Salon Customers - English (PDF)
- Nail Salon Customers - Spanish (PDF)
- Nail Salon Customers - Vietnamese (PDF)
Cosmetology Salon Customers
- Cosmetology / Hair Salon Customers - English (PDF)
- Cosmetology / Hair Salon Customers - Spanish (PDF)
- Cosmetology / Hair Salon Customers - Vietnamese (PDF)
Revised Guidelines for Cosmetology and Nail Salons
June 4, 2020
Under the June 3 revision to the guidelines, cosmetology salons should continue to operate with at least six feet between operating work stations.
In addition, cosmetology employees should be instructed to understand that young children and persons who are unable to adjust or remove face coverings should not be regarded as suitable candidates for wearing face coverings. The decision is up to the individual or their parent, guardian or attendant.
Barber and Cosmetology Practical Exams to Resume June 1
May 27, 2020
While Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-23expands the re-opening of businesses throughout Texas, TDLR has worked with our exam vendor, PSI, to resume practical examinations for the barber and cosmetology industries. All exam sites have adjusted schedules and reduced capacity in accordance with CDC and state social distancing guidelines. Additionally, TDLR has reviewed and approved PSI’s health protocols to ensure they meet all state guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Under these restrictions, TDLR will resume barber and cosmetology practical exam delivery at all 8 PSI sites across Texas starting Monday, June 1, 2020.
Please visit PSI’s COVID-19 pagefor more information on rescheduling.
Clarification on Temporary Distance Education
May 21, 2020
The Governor’s Executive Order dated May 5, 2020, allowed Barber and Cosmetology schools and Massage schools to reopen on May 18, 2020. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) understands there are still concerns as plans are made to open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19, including temporary restrictions to ensure continued social distancing as our communities resume normal activities in a safe manner.
Due to these concerns, schools can continue to utilize temporary distance learning and virtual learning to complete all technical standards for the theory and practical portion of a course. This allows schools to determine when they can safely transition students back into their traditional brick and mortar classrooms. TDLR’s goal is to enable schools to continue to teach their students despite the current circumstances related to COVID-19.
TDLR’s temporary provisions are in line with the U.S. Department of Education and provide flexibility to schools to help students complete their course work while effectively developing the job skills and knowledge to obtain a license in Texas. However, remote practical instruction does not include internship or apprenticeship instructional hours.
Schools engaging in the delivery of distance education with remote instruction must ensure that all hours are properly accounted for each student engaged in the remote theory and practical hours of instruction, including record of attendance and time clock records. Additionally, schools must ensure the identity of the distance-learning student, the student/instructor ratio limitation, and the student’s ability to be equipped with the proper tools to effectively demonstrate the practical applications. Schools must maintain compliance with all statutory requirements.
Schools should notify TDLR when the school resumes all regular, traditional on-campus classes or activities and ceases temporary distance education. Notice should be provided by contacting the Education and Examination division.
These provisions will remain in place until further notice.
Attorney General Issues Guidance Re: Barbershop, Cosmetology Salon, Nail Salon, Esthetician Salon, Massage Establishment and Laser Hair Establishments Closures
May 1, 2020
Yesterday, the Texas Attorney General's Office released a guidance letterto address questions relating to Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-18. Barbershops, cosmetology salons (including nail and esthetician), massage establishments, and laser hair establishments must remain closed until further notice. The Governor's order overrides conflicting local and county orders.
Cosmetology Salons, Nail Salons, Estheticians, Mini-Salons, Barber Shops, Laser Hair Removal Establishments and Massage Therapy Establishments Remain Closed
April 28, 2020
Under Executive Order GA-18issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on April 27, all cosmetology salons (including nail salons, estheticians, and mini-salons), barber shops, laser hair removal establishments and massage establishments shall continue to remain closed. Executive Order GA-18 overrides all local and county orders.
Whether a salon or shop is a sole proprietorship or not, they are to remain closed until Executive Order GA-18 is amended or rescinded.
Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Texas safe by remaining closed. To read more about the Governor's plan to reopen Texas, please go to https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf.
Governor's Order Re-Opening Retail Businesses
April 17, 2020
The Governor's Executive Ordertoday focuses on retail businesses. It continues the closure of cosmetology salons, barber shops or massage establishments for services. Starting April 24, those businesses may sell products via pickup, delivery by mail or delivery to the customers’ doorstep in strict compliance with the terms required by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which can be found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus. Gov. Abbott stated today that the next step in the re-opening process for Texas will be announced April 27. Please continue to go to our COVID-19 page for updates, and sign up for our email updates as well.
Reduction of Cosmetology Hours from 1500 hours to 1000 hours
March 6, 2020
Ray Pizarro, TDLR's Education and Examination Director, addresses schools regarding the reduction of cosmetology hours from 1500 hours to 1000 hours. He also discusses the frequently asked questions which have been received from schools and students.
Video 1 Reduction of HoursVideo 2 Frequently Asked Questions
Notice to Educational Providers
March 31, 2020
RE: Provisions to allow Cosmetology Schools to offer practical instructions remotely.
The health and safety of all our licensees is of the utmost importance. To proactively address the concerns regarding COVID-19, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) will allow Cosmetology Schools to utilize technologies such as videos of hands on work, electronic learning, virtual learning, and other practices that would effectively deliver the practical portion of the school’s curriculum to ensure that a student develops the job skills and knowledge to obtain a license in this State.
Schools must ensure that all hours are properly accounted for each student engaged in remote practical applications, in accordance with Chapter 83, Section 83.72(l), including a record of attendance and time clock record. Additionally, schools must ensure the identity of the distance learning student, the student/instructor ratio limitation, and the student’s ability to be equipped with the proper tools to effectively demonstrate the practical applications.
Remote practical instruction does not include internship or apprenticeship instructional hours. TDLR’s goal is to enable schools to continue to teach their students despite the current circumstances related to COVID-19.
Licensed Schools that may be impacted by COVID-19 can contact the Education and Examination divisionand provide the following information:
- School name and license number;
- Type of delivery method, including the platform, technology, or program being used for distance education;
- Verification that the school will maintain photo or video evidence to confirm the practical work attendance; and
- Type of method which will be used for tracking student attendance, including hours completed.
These provisions will remain in place until further notice.
COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived
March 24, 2020
TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)
Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.
Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpagefor the most up-to-date information.
List of Barbershop, Hair Salon and Nail Salon Closures
March 24, 2020
The following counties and cities have ordered closures of TDLR-regulated hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- Dallas County, from March 21 through April 2
- Denton County, from March 23 until at least March 30
- Fort Bend County, from March 21 through April 3
- Hidalgo County, from March 22 through April 5
- Jefferson County, from March 20 through April 3
In addition, some cities and counties have issued blanket “Stay Home/Work Safe” orders that cover all professions not specifically mentioned in the Cyber+Infrastructure Agency (CISA) critical infrastructure document. Professions that are not included as critical infrastructure include barbers, cosmetologists, salons and massage therapists, so those practitioners must stay home in accordance with applicable city and county orders.
- Austin, from March 24 through April 3
- Bell County, from March 23 through April 3
- Bexar County
- Cooke County, from March 23 until the local State of Emergency is terminated
- Fort Worth
- Harris County, from March 25 through April 3
- Lubbock, from March 24 at 6 p.m. until April 3
- McLennan County
- New Braunfels, from March 22 until the local State of Emergency is terminated
- San Antonio
- Tarrant County, from March 21 through at least March 28
- Travis County, from March 24 through April 13
- Waco, from March 23 through at least March 26
- Williamson County, from March 24 through April 13
TDLR licensees can sign up for official TDLR email alerts. These email updates are the best way to ensure they receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about TDLR.
Provisions for Temporary Emergency Distance Education - Barber, Cosmetology, Driver Education and Massage Schools
March 12, 2020
The health and safety of all our licensees is of the utmost importance. To proactively address the concerns regarding COVID-19, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has enacted temporary emergency distance education provisions to allow current licensed schools to offer distance education limited to the theory hours of instruction to not exceed more than 50 percent of the course. TDLR’s temporary emergency provision is in line with the Department of Education to provide flexibilities for schools to help students complete their course work.
Courses taught by distance education will not satisfy requirements of practical (hands-on) portions of course curriculum. The goal of the department is to enable schools to continue to teach their students despite the current outbreak of COVID-19.
Licensed Schools that may be impacted by COVID-19 can contact the Education and Examination divisionand provide the following information:
- School name and license number
- Type of delivery method, including the technology or program being used for distance education
- Type of method which will be used for tracking student attendance, including hours completed
- Timed outline indicating the portion of the course or curriculum which will be completed by distance education
Temporary emergency distance education accommodations will remain in place until further notice.
Reduction of the Cosmetology Operator 1500-Hour Course to 1000-Hour Course
March 6, 2020
The Executive Director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has determined that the highest priority for successful implementation of House Bill 2847is a smooth transition for schools and students, with little or no disruption in class schedules during the transitional period.
To implement the change in law, TDLR is conditionally approving all schools operating a licensed 1500-hour cosmetology operator course to enroll students in a 1000-hour cosmetology operator course beginning May 1, 2020.
This conditional approval is valid from May 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. TDLR will continue to recognize the validity of a 1500-hour course enrollment begun prior to May 1, 2020, which will allow currently enrolled students to complete their education.
To continue offering a 1000-hour cosmetology operator course after August 31, 2020, licensed cosmetology schools must have applied for and received a certificate of approval for their course. All courses must meet the updated industry standards adopted under 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 83, Section 83.120.
Cosmetology schools may continue offering 1500-hour cosmetology operator courses; however, beginning May 1, 2020, TDLR certificates of approval for cosmetology operator courses will only reflect approval for 1,000 hours of instruction, as outlined in 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 83, Section 83.120.
Once an individual has obtained 1,000 hours of instruction, they have met the education requirement for an Operator License in accordance with Texas occupations Code Chapter 1602, Section 1602.254. Any additional hours offered by schools above the 1,000 hours required by statute and rule are not required for someone to obtain a license.
The 1,000 hours mandated by the Texas Legislature, along with the technical requirements adopted by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully operate as licensed cosmetologists. TDLR commends the commitment of cosmetology schools to excellence in education and to their student’s need for advanced and continuing education.
For more information, please see the frequently asked questions.
For questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact TDLR’s Education and Examination Division.
TDLR Revokes AM Beauty School License
TDLR has revoked the license of AM Beauty College in Irving, located at 1215 S. MacArthur Blvd.
TDLR stands ready to help those students who were enrolled at AM Beauty College with evaluating their hours and transferring to a licensed school. Students from AM Beauty College should contact the Education and Examination division.
Attention Cosmetology Schools
January 17, 2020
Updates regarding the implementation of House Bill 2847, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) and the reduction of the cosmetology operator 1500-hour program to a 1000-hour program
The proposed rules were published in the Texas Register on January 3, 2020, 45 TexReg 42. Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by mail P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, by facsimile (512) 475-3032, or electronically: email@example.com. The deadline to submit public comments is February 3, 2020.
The Advisory Board on Cosmetology is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm. The Advisory Board will review the public comments for the proposed rules and could recommend adoption.
Schools may begin making adjustments to modify the hours for existing lesson plans and the course syllabus to transition students from the cosmetology operator 1500-hour program to the new 1000-hour program. The amount of time for the 1500-hour program should be reduced to 1000 hours to meet the new technical standards for §83.120, once the proposed rules are adopted by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission).
- If the proposed rules are approved by the Commission, do schools need to submit approval applications to offer the new cosmetology operator 1000-hour program immediately?
No, schools will be able to offer and enroll students in the new 1000-hour program without prior approval. Classes can continue with no delays. TDLR will contact schools with the instructions for applications and documentation which will be needed.
Contact the Education and Examination divisionfor more information.
SHEARS Student Enrollment Video
January 14, 2019
Cosmetology school staff can now view an instructional video that shows how to enroll a cosmetology student using the Student Hour and Enrollment Automated Reporting System (SHEARS). View the SHEARS student enrollment video
Cosmetology School Closures
Our first priority is to provide answers to common questions for students affected by a Cosmetology School closure. Please visit the Cosmetology School Closure Information for Studentspage.
Please see the U.S. Department of Education document: Information for Students Affected by the Closure of Education Corporation of America Schools (PDF)regarding the recent closure of Virginia College in Lubbock.
Barber and Cosmetology Schools Now Allowed at the Same Location
August 8, 2018
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(85thTexas 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 buildingsor 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 the Education and Examination division.
Sign Required for All Cosmetology Establishments and Schools
January 29, 2018
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 three signs for you to choose from – download one and use in your place of business. All signs are designed to print in color orblack and white:
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 2552went 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
January 11, 2018
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 letterwe have seen recently.
- TDLR will neverask you to pay a penalty or fine without first sending a Notice of Alleged Violation to you by certified mail.
- TDLR will neverrequest or accept money or gift cards under any circumstances while visiting your business.
- TDLR does notrequest 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 800-803-9202to 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.
Notice for All Schools and Educational Programs Licensed by TDLR
September 1, 2017
As of September 1, 2017, House Bill 1508requires that all entities providing educational or instructional programs that prepare a student for an occupation or vocation requiring a TDLR license to:
- Inform the student or program participant that eligibility for a TDLR license could be affected by the person’s criminal history;
- Notify students and participants that TDLR is responsible for having in place guidelinesregarding a license applicant's criminal history, and to include information on an applicant's ability to be licensed under those guidelines;
- Provide students with information on other state or local restrictions that would affect the student’s eligibility for an occupational license issued by TDLR;
- Inform students of the student's right to request a criminal history evaluation letterfrom TDLR;
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why does my school need to provide this notice?
During the 85th Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House Bill 1508 that requires notice be provided to students in an educational program that prepares individuals for issuance of an occupational license. House Bill 1508 takes effect on September 1, 2017. (Chapter 53, Texas Occupations Code). Entities and schools that provide educational programs to prepare an individual for issuance of an initial occupational license must provide this notice.
2. What information should the notice include?
Section 53.152 of the Occupations Code requires entities or schools to notify each applicant to and enrollee in the educational program of the following information:
- the potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of an occupational license after completion of the educational program;
- the current criminal history guidelines issued under Section 53.025, Occupations Code, by any licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes the educational program;
- any other state or local restriction or guideline used by a licensing authority described by Subdivision (2) to determine the eligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for an occupational license issued by the licensing authority; and
- the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter under Section 53.102, Occupations Code.
3. Who needs to receive this notice?
House Bill 1508 requires notice to each enrollee in and applicant to an educational program. Notice must be provided to individuals who are enrolled in an educational program subject to the notice requirement on or after September 1, 2017, and to individuals who apply for enrollment in the program on or after September 1, 2017.
4. How do we provide this notice?
Each entity or school required to provide notice is responsible for determining how best to provide the notice information to applicants and enrollees. TDLR has developed a suggested notice and acknowledgement form to provide guidance on how to provide this information. The form is available for download.
5. What happens if this notice is not provided?
If TDLR determines that the entity or school providing the educational program failed to provide the notice required by Section 53.152, Occupations Code, to an individual entitled to receive the notice and that individual was denied a license because the individual has been convicted of an offense, the law requires TDLR to order the entity or school to:
- refund the amount of any tuition paid by the individual to the entity or school; and
- pay to the individual an amount equal to the total of the following, as applicable:
- the amount of any application fees paid by the individual to TDLR; and
- the amount of any examination fees paid by the individual to TDLR or an examination provider approved by TDLR.
6. Do these requirements apply only to programs regulated by TDLR?
No. House Bill 1508 requires all entities or schools that provide educational or training programs that prepare students for occupations that require an occupational license to provide the notice to its enrollees and persons who apply for enrollment in the programs. The information given here simply refers to schools and entities regulated by TDLR. For information regarding a school or educational entity not regulated by TDLR, refer to the agencies that regulate those particular programs.
Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning Videos
June 27, 2017
TDLR has created a web video on cleaning procedures after each client. Videos are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Advisory Board Meetings
Next Meeting - August 19, 2022
The next Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held via videoconference and will be viewable on TDLR’s YouTube channel. Sharing of pre-recorded audio or video is not allowed during the public comment period. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online.
Previous Meeting - January 31, 2022
The Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Boardmet January 31, 2022 via videoconference. The agendaand staff reportsare available online. The meeting was archived and is viewable on TDLR’s YouTube channel.