Texas Licensed Cosmetology Schools

Any person who maintains an establishment, in which any practice of Cosmetology is taught, must hold a beauty culture school license. A person may not operate a school until TDLR determines, by inspection, that the school is in compliance with Chapter 1602.

To obtain a license, an application for a beauty culture school must be filed with TDLR. In addition, the applicant must meet all requirements for a beauty culture school.

For a change of location, email the Education and Examination Division at education@tdlr.texas.gov.

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.

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:

(1)  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;

(2)  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;

(3)  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

(4)  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:

(1)  refund the amount of any tuition paid by the individual to the entity or school; and

(2)  pay to the individual an amount equal to the total of the following, as applicable:

(A)  the amount of any application fees paid by the individual to TDLR; and

(B)  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.


As a result of the Education Summit held by the Advisory Board on December 15, 2014 we have provided the following FAQ’s to assist credit hour schools:

1. Is a credit hour school required to post student hours even if they do not complete the entire module or course?

Yes, credit hour schools are required to post any and all hours for the time a student is present during modules or courses even if they do not complete an entire module or course.

2. When is a credit hour school required to post hours?

All hours are to be reported at the end of a course or module. If a student drops or withdraws from the course, hours for the time a student was present during a module or course should be reported when the student drops or withdraws.

3. If a student is absent and they miss part of the module do we still report the student's hours?

Yes, you should report only those hours for the time the student was present during the module. Make-up hours should be completed at a scheduled time and reported upon completion.

4. If a student is absent, when should the student make up the hours missed?

The school needs to have a make-up hour policy in place which is submitted for approval with the curriculum. The make-up hours should be completed at a scheduled time and reported upon completion. For example: make-up hours could be done after school hours or on weekends.

5. Can a student in a credit hour school complete the 1,500 hour operator curriculum in less than 9 months?

No, please refer to Occupations Code Chapter 1602.451 (a) The holder of a private beauty culture school license shall: (5) require a school term of not less than nine months and not less than 1,500 hours instruction for a complete course in cosmetology.

6. Can a credit hour school use a time clock to track student hours?

Yes, a credit hour school can use a time clock to track student hours and be used for attendance records.

7. If I am a credit hour school and wish to go back to being a clock hour school, what do I need to do?

You will need to submit the school curriculum approval application along with the curriculum you need to be approved and all supporting documents listed on the application.

8. If I am a clock hour school and wish to convert to a credit hour school, where do I find the application and is a fee required?

No fee is required. Download the school conversion to credit hour program application

9. Is pre-approval required before a school converts to the credit hour program?

Yes, pre-approval is required before converting from clock hour program to a credit hour program.

10. If we are required to post hours at the end of a course or module, how is this done when SHEARS only allows posting of hours once a month?

We are working to modify the SHEARS program to allow the reporting of hours after a course or module is completed. SHEARS will be updated later this summer.

Credit Hour Program Approval Application

Schools wishing to change from clock hours to credit hours must complete the Texas Cosmetology School Credit Hour Program Application (200KB download) and submit it to the department with the required documentation. Approval must be granted prior to making the change.

Clock Hour Curriculum Approval

To offer a new curriculum, please complete the Texas Cosmetology School Clock Hour Curriculum Approval Application (279KB download) and submit it to the department with the required documentation.

NOTE: Schools may not enroll students prior to final approval.

You may look up Cosmetology schools on our licensing database.

Requirements for a Texas Private Beauty Culture School license

The following requirements must be submitted prior to issuing a license. When submitting these requirements, please advise TDLR when your school will be ready for inspection.

  • Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application (76KB download), along with the fee of $500.00. This fee includes the $200 inspection fee.
  • Private Cosmetology School Permit Ownership Information Page
  • Required equipment list sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students. See application instructions. Equipment must be installed prior to inspection.
  • Provide a detailed floor plan showing the building of permanent construction including two separate areas, one area for instruction in theory and one area for clinic work, must also include access to permanent restrooms and adequate drinking fountain facilities.
    • Counties with populations of 100, 000 or less, the building must have a minimum of 1,800 square feet of floor space.
    • Counties with populations of more than 100,000, the building must have a minimum of 2,800 square feet of floor space.
  • The cosmetology school curriculum approval application along with a detailed copy of the training program for each course being offered. See #11 of the cosmetology school license application instructions.
  • Proof of ownership of building or proof of lease for the first 12 months of operation.
  • A current financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant. If the financial statement is more than 180 days old, an applicant must also provide a supplement financial statement dated to within 180 days of the application. (Not applicable for public or public post-secondary schools)

Must meet all requirements of the Texas Occupational Code 1602.303.

Requirements for a Public or Public Post-Secondary Beauty Culture School

The following requirements must be submitted prior to issuing a license. When submitting these requirements, please advise TDLR when your school will be ready for inspection.

  • Submit a Texas Cosmetology School License Application (76KB download), along with the fee of $500.00. This fee includes the $200 inspection fee.
  • Provide a detailed floor plan showing the building is of permanent construction and not less than 2,200 square feet, and includes office, dispensary, locker room, classroom and laboratory space.
  • Required equipment list sufficient to instruct a minimum of 10 students. See application instructions. Equipment must be installed prior to inspection.
  • The cosmetology school curriculum approval application along with a detailed copy of the training program for each course being offered. See #11 of the cosmetology school license application instructions.

Applicant must meet all requirements of the Texas Occupational Code 1602.303.