Laser Hair Removal

TDLR issues certificates of registration to laser hair removal facilities, qualified individuals who perform laser hair removal procedures, and agency-accepted training programs within the state of Texas.

TDLR does not regulate Laser Hair Removal performed in a licensed hospital, a clinic owned or operated by a licensed hospital, or a facility owned or operated by a physician for the practice of medicine. Please refer to the Department of State Health Services website on Radiation Control - Laser and Laser Device Services Registration.


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Notice of Intent to Review Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Laser Hair Removal program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 118 for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. This rule review is required every four years.

The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on September 3, 2021 (46 TexReg 5597), as part of a combined notice with several other rule chapters undergoing simultaneous review. The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

  • Is it obsolete?
  • Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
  • Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Laser Hair Removal program, under Chapter 118, to review the Notice of Intent to Review and the current chapter rules posted on the Department’s website.

Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment).

Deadline to submit comments—October 4, 2021.

TDLR Health Monitor – August 2021 Edition

Articles in this August 2021 edition of The Health Monitor includes updates on:

  • 2021 Legislative Session
  • Commissioner Spotlight
  • Athletic Trainers Mark 50 Years
  • Revised Massage Therapy Sample Consultation Document Available
  • How to File a Complaint

TDLR Health Monitor – May 2021 Edition

Articles in this May 2021 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:

  • 2021 Legislative Session
  • Emergency License Extensions in Response to COVID-19 Delays
  • Meet Commissioner Callas
  • New Open Records Portal
  • New Way to Pay for Online Applications
  • Fingerprint Reminder for Massage Therapy Licensees

Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Masks and Business Capacity

The Governor’s Executive Order removes state-imposed restrictions on business capacity and masks. Effective Wednesday, March 10, there are no COVID-19 related operating limits for any business or other establishment.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear masks over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person who does not live in the same household. (Please note that counties in trauma service regions with hospitalization rates above 15% for 7 days can implement other requirements.)

According to the Governor's executive order, nothing prevents businesses – including hair, esthetician and nail salons, lash salons, barber shops, barber or cosmetology schools, laser hair establishments or massage establishments – from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including wearing a mask.

Driver Education schools may choose to require employees or students to wear masks and to social distance.

The order also strongly encourages all Texans to use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the DSHS health recommendations.

More Laser Applications Available Online

The following applications are now enabled for online submission as of January 18, 2021:

  • Laser Upgrade from Apprentice to Technician
  • Laser Upgrade from Technician to Senior Technician
  • Laser Upgrade from Senior Technician to Professional

In case you missed it, the Initial Apprentice-In-Training Laser Hair Removal application was enabled for online submission on August 2, 2020.

Submitting an online application can cut your wait time by up to 75% compared to paper submissions. Don’t forget to attach the required documents to avoid additional delays.

Required Documents:

  • Laser Apprentice-In-Training – Proof of the 40 Hour Laser Hair Removal Training Certificate
  • Laser Upgrade from Apprentice to Technician – Log sheets of 100 Procedures supervised by a Senior Laser Hair Removal Technician or Laser Hair Removal Professional
  • Laser Upgrade from Technician to Senior Technician – Log sheets of direct supervision of 100 Procedures, as audited by a Professional
  • Laser Upgrade from Senior Technician to Professional – Submit proof of passing a department-approved examination through an approved certifying entity

To see all of the online services available from TDLR, visit our Online Services webpage.

Notice to prospective licensees, current licensees renewing their licenses, and stakeholders

Applicants can apply for new licenses and renew licenses online. TDLR strongly encourages you to take advantage of the opportunity to apply or renew online. The process is secure and easy to use – and faster than submitting paper-based applications and supporting documents, especially as TDLR deals with significant staffing issues related to COVID-19.

  • Applications submitted online can take 30 days to process once TDLR receives all required documents.
  • Applications submitted by mail may face significant delays, which may take up to 90 days once TDLR receives all required documents.

Access the online licensing system here. If you need to submit a document outside of the online application, please scan the document and send it to TDLR using our online customer service form.

If you need to submit a transcript, please ask your university to send electronic transcripts to TDLR at cs.transcript@tdlr.texas.gov instead of mailing in an original or certified copy of an original transcript. If your need to submit other documents, such as receipt of fingerprint submission, please scan the document and send it electronically to TDLR using our Customer Service form.

Thank you for helping us process your application or renewal more quickly.

TDLR Health Monitor – October 2020 Edition

Articles in this October 2020 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:

  • New Training Requirements for Human Trafficking Prevention
  • 87th Texas Legislature Convenes in January
  • Virtual Midwives Educational Summit
  • Rule Amendments for Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers
  • Changes to Continuing Medical Education Activity for Podiatrists

Updates to Governor's Executive Order: Massage Establishments and Laser Hair Removal Establishments May Reopen Immediately Except in Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall Counties

Under the Executive Order GA-23 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18, laser hair removal establishments, massage therapy establishments, massage schools, and other places where massage therapists may practice their trade may reopen immediately, except in Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall counties. (These activities may resume in those counties on May 29.)

Re-opened laser hair removal establishments and places offering massage therapy must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating workstations. Please note that all massage therapists and laser hair removal technicians should follow these health guidelines (PDF).

Consumers should consult this document (PDF) for info.

Attorney General Issues Guidance Re: Barbershop, Cosmetology Salon, Nail Salon, Esthetician Salon, Massage Establishment and Laser Hair Establishments Closures

Yesterday, the Texas Attorney General's Office released a guidance letter to address questions relating to Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-18. Barbershops, cosmetology salons (including nail and esthetician), massage establishments, and laser hair establishments must remain closed until further notice. The Governor's order overrides conflicting local and county orders.

Cosmetology Salons, Nail Salons, Estheticians, Mini-Salons, Barber Shops, Laser Hair Removal Establishments and Massage Therapy Establishments Remain Closed

Under Executive Order GA-18 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on April 27, all cosmetology salons (including nail salons, estheticians, and mini-salons), barber shops, laser hair removal establishments and massage establishments shall continue to remain closed. Executive Order GA-18 overrides all local and county orders.

Whether a salon or shop is a sole proprietorship or not, they are to remain closed until Executive Order GA-18 is amended or rescinded.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Texas safe by remaining closed. To read more about the Governor's plan to reopen Texas, please go to https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf.

Changes to Laser Hair Removal Law(s)

House Bill 2847 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 401, Sections 501-522, relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations, activities, and agreements; providing a civil penalty; authorizing fees; requiring an occupational registration and an occupational license. House Bill 2847 and the changes to Chapter 401, Sections 501-522 became effective September 1, 2019.

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Laser Hair Removal Law program to review the updated Health and Safety Code, Chapter 401, Sections 501-522.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.


Health Professions Transition FAQs

1. When did the transfer happen?

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Laser Hair Removal program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on November 1, 2017.

2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?

No. The license you have now, issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Have the rules changed?

Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on November 1, 2017.

4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?

If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?

You have several options to stay connected:

  • Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
  • Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
  • Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?

To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in September, and October, and November 2017. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future. Licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS.

7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?

You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. In addition, licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.

8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?

The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.