Renew a Cosmetology School License

Begin your renewal as soon as you receive the renewal form to avoid delays. License renewal may take up to several weeks.

You are responsible for renewing your license before the expiration date, and you will not be excused from paying additional fees or penalties. Failure to receive notification prior to the expiration date of the license, will not excuse failure to apply for renewal or late renewal.

Application and Fee

TDLR will mail out renewal forms approximately 60 days prior to your school license expiration date. It is your responsibility to renew your school license before it expires. Be mindful of your expiration date, and contact customer service by email if you have not received a renewal form. Be sure to include your school’s name and license number with your request.

Please remember that if you do not keep your mailing address information up-to-date with our office, your renewal notice may not reach you. Failure to receive a renewal form does NOT excuse you from late fees.

If you do not receive a renewal form by mail within 60 days of your renewal, please contact the Education and Examination division.

If you do not receive your license within 14 days after submitting your completed renewal application, please contact the Education and Examination division or call (800) 803-9202.

Change of Location

Schools seeking to change physical locations must submit an application form and the new location must be inspected prior to offering instruction to students at the new location.

Please see the Relocation of a Cosmetology School for more details.

Renewal of Expired Licenses

A license that has been expired for 90 days or less may be renewed by paying to the department a renewal fee that is equal to 1-1/2 times the normally required renewal fee.

A license that has been expired for more than 90 days but less than 18 months may be renewed by paying to the department a renewal fee that is equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.

On approval by the executive director (see Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal Form - PDF), a license has been expired for at least 18 months but less than three years may be renewed by paying to the department a renewal fee equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.

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, including fingerprinting, on all persons who apply for or renew a 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 evaluation as the process described below. See the 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.