Apply for a Mobile Cosmetology Salon License

Application and Fee

To apply for a license, submit a completed license application along with the non-refundable fee.

You must provide detailed information of all business owners on the application form as well as information about how your business ownership is structured (e.g. sole proprietorship, corporation, etc.).

Title PDF Application Fee
Mobile Cosmetology Salon Apply by Mail $106
Mobile Dual Cosmetology Salon and Barber Shop License Apply by Mail $130

Mobile salon and shop licenses are valid for two years from the date of issue.

All requirements must be met within 12 months of the filing date or the application will be terminated.


Physical Location

Permanent Address

A mobile shop must maintain a permanent physical address where correspondence may be received from the department, and you must notify the department of any change in physical or mailing address within 10 calendar days of the change.

Mobile Salon Location

The mobile salon must be made available to the department by one of the following methods:

  • The vehicle is equipped with a Global Positioning System that can be tracked by TDLR at all times, or
  • The mobile salon owner must submit a weekly itinerary (PDF) at least 7 days before the salon begins to provide service for that week
    • Any changes to the proposed schedule must be submitted to the department at least 24 hours in advance

Violations may be incurred if the mobile salon is not in the location where the itinerary indicates.


Required Equipment

Mobile salons are subject to the same equipment requirements as regular salons. Please see the required equipment for cosmetology salons page for a complete list of requirements by salon type.


Safety Requirements

In addition to the general health and safety requirements, mobile salons and shops must ensure that the following precautions have been taken to protect public safety and avoid injury:

  • Furniture must be anchored to the unit
  • Chemicals must be stored in cabinets secured with safety catches and be stored separately from other equipment
  • The exterior of the mobile shop must display the business name and the mobile shop license number
  • Hot water must be provided by an onboard water heater that provides fresh hot water continuously and on-demand
  • Fresh water must be supplied by a holding tank sufficient to supply a full day’s business. If the fresh water supply is depleted, operation must cease until the water supply is replenished.
  • A functioning restroom must be supplied, including a self-contained flush toilet with holding tank
  • Services may not be performed outside the mobile salon/shop or while the unit is in motion
  • The mobile shop may not be used as a residence or for any other purposes other than providing cosmetology services.

For further information on mobile salons and shops, please see the Mobile Cosmetology Salon FAQs.


Records On Site

Records of the following must be kept within the mobile unit at all times and made available for inspection by department personnel upon request:

  • Appointments
  • Itineraries (if applicable)
  • License numbers of employees and contractors
  • Vehicle identification numbers of the mobile shop

Records of appointments and itineraries shall be kept for a period of at least one year.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.

The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for a hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.

Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application ://www.tdlr.texas.gov/crimHistoryEval.htm">Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.