Transferring Your Cosmetology 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.

How to Get a Texas Cosmetology License Earned Through an Apprenticeship Program from Another State/Territory

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 Cosmetology license. Please review the information below and follow instructions on the Reciprocity Cosmetology License Application to apply.

  • Search for your state or territory from the list below to determine the years of work experience required to get your Texas license.
  • Provide a certificate of completion for your apprenticeship program in addition to the letter of certification in a sealed envelope from the issuing state. Your years of work experience will be verified by the letter of certification from the state in which you are currently licensed.
  • Download "Form COS003 - Cosmetology License by Reciprocity Application" (see Cosmetology Forms page) to apply for your Texas license.
Years of Experience Required for Texas License Type of Texas License State/Territory
One year Texas Cosmetology Operator Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin.
Two Years Texas Cosmetology Operator Alaska, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington.

States and Territories with Substantially Equivalent Requirements as Texas

Texas Cosmetology Operator license: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Texas Manicurist license: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington.

Texas Esthetician license: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee, Utah Master Esthetician.

Texas Cosmetology Instructor license: Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

If you found your state listed for your current occupation above (States and Territories with Substantially Equivalent Requirements as Texas), download the reciprocity cosmetology license application or the reciprocity cosmetology instructor license application to apply.

States and Territories Which Require One Year of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License

Texas Cosmetology: Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virgin Islands.

Texas Manicurist license: Alaska, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Texas Esthetician license: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Texas Cosmetology Instructor license: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

If you found your state listed for your current occupation above (States and Territories Which Require One Year of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License), download the reciprocity cosmetology license application or the reciprocity cosmetology instructor license application to apply. Your one year of experience will be proven by the letter of certification required from the state in which you are currently licensed (see #10 in the application instructions).

Note: Cosmetology Instructor applicants must provide the number of years teaching/instructing (not Operator, Manicurist or Esthetician occupation experience).

States and Territories Which Require Two Years of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License

Texas Cosmetology: Florida, New York

Texas Manicurist license: Florida, New York

Texas Esthetician license: Florida, New York

Texas Cosmetology Instructor license: Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New York

If you found your state listed for your current occupation above (States and Territories Which Require Two Years of Experience to Be Eligible for a Texas License), download the reciprocity cosmetology license application or the reciprocity cosmetology instructor license application to apply. Your two years of experience will be proven by the letter of certification required from the state in which you are currently licensed (see #10 in the application instructions).

Note: Cosmetology Instructor applicants must provide the number of years teaching/instructing (not Operator, Manicurist or Esthetician occupation experience).