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Openings on the Texas Cosmetology Exam Development Committee

TDLR and PSI are searching for willing applicants to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Cosmetology Industry. PSI is the current vendor which is under contract to develop and administer examinations for TDLR.

SMEs are responsible for the review and evaluation of all Cosmetology exam content, questions and exam reference lists. If you are interested in applying you should have a broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession and a familiarity with current techniques, standards and materials. If you would like to be considered as a SME, please complete this Application for the Cosmetology Examination Development Committee (PDF).

Attendance will be required to the upcoming meeting which will take place February 2018. Successful applicants must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding exam content.  The positions of Subject Matter Experts are voluntary and all applications are reviewed by the Education and Examination Division. These are not paid positions. All applications must be received by November 30, 2017.   TDLR and the citizens of the State of Texas would like to thank you for considering this opportunity for service.

TDLR Resuming Regular Inspections

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, TDLR temporarily stopped initial and periodic inspections of Barber, Cosmetology and Driver Education school facilities in the disaster areas. On November 1, 2017, we will resume our regular inspection schedule. We will make every effort to avoid locations damaged by flooding. If a TDLR inspector arrives at a facility being repaired due to Harvey, then the inspector will return at a later date, to complete the inspection.

TDLR is continuing to provide a grace period for expired licenses, waive late renewal fees, provide duplicate license replacements for free, granting additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to students, granting approval for temporary locations for schools which suffered severe damage, granting waivers for instructional time missed and reporting hours for waived instructional time on behalf of schools in the disaster area.

Please contact if you have questions or need additional information regarding schools or continuing education. Contact TDLR at or 1-800-803-9202 to order a duplicate license at no cost. If you need to temporarily change your address, phone number, or email address, please update your contact information online. For more information, visit TDLR’s Harvey web page.

TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

TDLR proposes amendments to existing rules for the Cosmetologists program. The proposed amendments and repeal are necessary to implement bills passed during the 85th Legislature. TDLR encourages anyone interested in the Cosmetologists program to review the rule proposal. TDLR will accept comments on the proposal until November 6, 2017. Comments may be submitted by email to

Vacancy on the Cosmetology Advisory Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announces a vacancy on the Advisory Board on Cosmetology established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1602. The announcement will be published in the October 6, 2017, issue of the Texas Register.

This announcement is for a member who holds a license for a beauty shop that is not part of a chain of beauty shops. Serving on the advisory board is not a paid position and there is no compensation for serving on the advisory board.

Interested persons should submit an application on the Department's Advisory Board Application System. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Schools and Students

TDLR's response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster includes streamlining procedures to help small businesses, our licensees and students recover as quickly as possible.

The following procedures are in effect for all TDLR-licensed schools in the counties listed in Governor Greg Abbott's disaster proclamation during the declared disaster period and any extensions:

  • Immediate relief for students. Cosmetology, Barber and Driver Education students should be granted additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to the student. Some schools are using Distance Education for displaced students.
  • Extended grace period for expired school licenses. Schools in the affected area with licenses expired beyond the usual expiration limits will be allowed to renew.
  • Temporary locations allowed. Schools needing to relocate to a temporary location can do so without having a temporary license. If relocation is needed, please email your school name, license number, the relocation address, phone number, and email address to or calling 1-800-803-9202. Please place Harvey in the subject line of your email.
  • Inspections suspended. Schools located in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey will not be inspected during the declared disaster period. TDLR's priority is providing assistance and ensuring the safety of students and faculty. We will resume inspections once the disaster period has ended.

TDLR is committed to helping our fellow Texans through the recovery process, and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.

Notice for All Schools and Educational Programs Licensed by TDLR

As of September 1, 2017, House Bill 1508 requires that all entities providing educational or instructional programs that prepare a student for an occupation or vocation requiring a TDLR license to:

    1. Inform the student or program participant that eligibility for a TDLR license could be affected by the person’s criminal history;
    2. Notify students and participants that TDLR is responsible for having in place guidelines regarding a license applicant's criminal history, and to include information on an applicant's ability to be licensed under those guidelines;
    3. Provide students with information on other state or local restrictions that would affect the student’s eligibility for an occupational license issued by TDLR;
    4. Inform students of the student's right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from TDLR;
    5. Provide all persons who enroll in their program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. 

An educational entity or training program operator who fails to provide this information to a person who is enrolled in their course may be liable for tuition or application fees paid by any student who is denied a TDLR license due to the existence of a criminal conviction. (see more information)

Important Information on Shampoo Apprentice Permits, Shampoo Specialty Certificates, and Threading

Senate Bill 2065 was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15, 2017. S.B. 2065 deregulates statewide regulation of hair shampooing and conditioning and clarifies that the practice of threading does not require a barber, cosmetologist, or specialty license. All existing shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates will expire on September 1, 2017.

Since a shampoo apprentice permit or a shampoo specialty certificate will no longer be required after September 1, 2017, TDLR has extended the expiration dates for all active shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates to September 1, 2017.

Effective immediately, TDLR is no longer accepting new or renewal applications for the shampoo apprentice permit or the shampoo specialty certificate. Any new or renewal applications for these permits or certificates will be returned to the sender. We do not plan on mailing out revised permits or certificates, but the extended expiration dates can be verified through the license search feature on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599, or email

Whirlpool Foot Spa Cleaning Videos

TDLR has created a web video on cleaning procedures after each client. Videos are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

SCAM ALERT! — Man Posing as TDLR Inspector Attempts to Collect Money from Cosmetologists

(Tieng Viet / En Español)

TDLR received reports of a man posing as a TDLR inspector to try to take money from cosmetologists. According to the reports, the suspect called salons in Stafford and falsely identified himself as a TDLR inspector. He attempted to set a time for an inspection where he would collect inspection fees.

***NOTE: A real TDLR inspector will never request or accept money under any circumstance while visiting a salon.***

Please contact the police immediately if you encounter this individual. If you believe this individual has visited your salon or you have any concerns, please contact TDLR customer service at 800-803-9202 or

Real TDLR inspectors visiting a salon CANNOT and WILL NOT:

- charge for performing an inspection;
- accept payment of license fees;
- request money for violations; or
- charge for copies of an inspection.

Real TDLR inspectors WILL:

- introduce themselves;
- show their State of Texas employee ID card;
- provide their contact information upon request;
- provide their TDLR business card upon request; and
- provide a Proof of Inspection report before leaving

Scams like this one can happen anywhere. Please use the info above to identify suspicious or potentially illegal activity. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code. If you believe this individual has visited your salon or you have any concerns, please contact TDLR customer service at 800-803-9202 or

Cosmetology School Closures

Our first priority is to provide answers to common questions for students affected by a Cosmetology School closure. Please visit the School Closure Frequently Asked Questions page. - Cosmetology Coursework for Austin ISD Students

Austin high-scool students work on getting their cosmetology certification, so they can start working in salons directly following graduation.

"Austin ISD Students Say Cosmetology Program Is More Than Just 'Playing with Hair' -- radio story by KUT in Austin

Advisory Board Meetings

Previous Meeting - November 13, 2017

The Advisory Board on Cosmetology met November 13, 2017 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about obtaining a TDLR license or renewing a TDLR license that expired while serving on active duty, please go to the Military Outreach home page.

If you have questions, please post them on TDLR’s Facebook pagetweet us, or email us.