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TDLR offers cosmetology examinations through our third-party vendor, PSI, at their many locations throughout Texas.
All applicants must pass both written and practical examinations. You must pass the written exam before being eligible to take the practical exam.
Upon TDLR approval of eligibility, PSI will send you an email confirmation with instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the written and practical examinations. If an email address was not provided to TDLR at the time of application, you will receive a postcard from PSI with scheduling information.
You may also check your eligibility status online.
Written examinations are offered in Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, Midland, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco.
Practical examinations are offered in Austin, San Antonio, the DFW Metroplex, the Greater Houston area, McAllen, El Paso, Midland and Amarillo.
Scheduling an Exam
If you are eligible for examination, then you can visit the PSI website at or contact PSI by phone at (800) 733-9267 to schedule your exam date.
Please see the Candidate Information Bulletin for detailed information on scheduling your exam.
Requests for Special Accommodations
Every reasonable accommodation will be made in meeting a candidate’s needs. Applicants with disabilities or those who would otherwise have difficulty taking the exam should make a request for alternative arrangements with PSI. Details for requesting special accommodations can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin.
Candidate Information Bulletin
Please read the candidate information bulletin completely and thoroughly before you attempt to take the exam.
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If you have any questions about the exam, or if there are any parts of the Candidate Information Bulletin that you don’t understand, please contact PSI at (800) 733-9267.
Updated Practical Exam, Effective September 1, 2019
Effective September 1, 2019, Texas cosmetology practical exams will be revised as part of our ongoing improvement to the examination process. Please see the updated Candidate Information Bulletins provided below for more information:
The examination cost can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin for your specific exam type.
Depending on the type of exam you are taking, you may be required to bring certain supplies and equipment, a live model, mannequin, or other materials. Please consult the Candidate Information Bulletin for complete details on what you will need to bring.
If you will be taking a practical examination, you must wear closed-toe shoes. If you do not appear in the appropriate attire, you will not be admitted to the examination site and you will forfeit your examination fee.
Models used in an examination are required to be at least 16 years of age. The department may require parental approval for models under 18 years of age.
Requirements for Identification
You must provide a valid government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport), which includes your signature, photograph, and date of birth.
A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin. A public high school ID is a government ID and will be accepted if the ID bears your signature, photograph, and date of birth.
The Candidate Information Bulletin will include the number of questions on your specific exam, the time allotted to complete the exam, and a list of reference materials.
Cosmetology students who pass the practical examination may now receive a temporary license at the PSI testing site. To obtain your temporary license you must follow these steps:
- Apply for Your Temporary License
You must apply for a temporary license and pay all fees AFTER you are eligible to sit for the written examination, but BEFORE you take the exam
- Meet the Requirements for Licensure
You must meet all the requirements to obtain a license BEFORE TDLR sends your practical examination eligibility record to PSI
- Pass the Practical Exam
After passing the exam, you may immediately begin work that day. The temporary license is good for 21 days while TDLR sends the two-year license in the mail.
Cancellations, Late Arrivals, and Missed Exams
Details regarding PSI’s cancellation policy can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin.
If you miss your exam date, or if you arrive late, you will not be able to take the scheduled examination and your examination fee will be forfeited.
Your grade will be handed to you at the test center by the PSI proctor after you have completed the test. PSI generates a score report which provides a diagnostic of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
A score of 70% or better is required to pass the exam. You may retake each exam as many times as needed until you successfully pass the examination, however you may be responsible for paying additional examination fees with each attempt.
Exam Pass/Fail Rates
- Fiscal Year 2018 Cosmetology Exam Statistics by Month
- Fiscal Year 2017 Cosmetology Exam Statistics by Month
- Fiscal Year 2016 Cosmetology Exam Statistics by Month