Emergency Help for TDLR Licensees


Texans Helping Texans

As Texans respond to the ongoing disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey, TDLR is reaching out to help those in the affected areas. During this difficult time, we are streamlining procedures to help our licensees and small businesses recover as quickly as possible.

Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation includes the following Texas counties: Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, San Jacinto, Sabine, San Augustine, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, and Wilson.


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Fast-Track Licensing Procedures

In coordination with the Governor’s proclamation, TDLR is implementing fast-track licensing procedures for all eligible TDLR licensees in the affected counties to help them recover and return to work as quickly as possible. The following procedures are in effect for the duration of the declared disaster period and any extensions:

  • License expiration dates automatically extended. All eligible licensees in the affected counties currently in the renewal period will have their license expiration dates automatically extended by 60 days. Check your license status online.
  • Late fees and license replacement fees waived. TDLR will waive renewal late fees and offer replacement licenses at no cost for all eligible licensees in the affected counties. Contact TDLR at recovery@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202 to order a duplicate license at no cost.
  • Continuing education (CE) requirements automatically waived. All eligible licensees in the affected counties may renew without completing continuing education requirements.
  • Extended grace period for expired licenses. Licensees in the affected area with licenses expired beyond the usual expiration limits will be allowed to renew.

If you need to temporarily change your address, phone number, or email address, please update your contact information online.


How to Contact TDLR

TDLR licensees in the affected areas can email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov to receive expedited assistance with questions, license renewals, replacement licenses, plan reviews, and inspections, or call 1-800-803-9202 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please identify the program you are calling about and have your license number ready.


Rebuilding & Recovery

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Plan Reviews & Inspections

During the disaster proclamation period, TDLR will fast-track all state-required plan reviews and inspections in the affected areas for:

  • Barber and Cosmetology Schools
  • Boilers (internal extension requests)
  • Elevators
  • Licensed Breeders (pre-license inspection)
  • Tow Trucks and Vehicle Storage Facilities

Emergency Consent Tow Licensing

On Friday, August 25, TDLR activated emergency consent tow provisions for the disaster area affected by Hurricane Harvey. These emergency provisions will help expedite recovery and cleanup efforts by allowing more tow operators to assist our fellow Texans in need. Read More >>

Emergency Suspension of Certain VSF Technical Requirements

To assist with the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules related to the physical requirements for establishing a licensed Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF). Read More >>

Out of State Healthcare Providers

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey. See the program pages at the links below for more information on the requirements and procedures for out-of-state healthcare providers:

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 Education@tdlr.texas.gov 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.

Boilers: Recovering Boiler Systems After a Flood

TDLR has updated information to consider after a flood.

Water Wells: Private Wells Under Flood Waters

If you own a private water well and the well was under flood waters, you may want to have the well tested or disinfected. Download the Well Disinfection Guide (PDF).

Mold Remediation

Mold is a serious health risk for Texas residents recovering from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters. Texas requires mold inspection or mold remediation services to be licensed. To find a current list of licensed professionals and more information, visit: https://dshs.texas.gov/mold/

Beginning November 1, 2017, mold assessors and remediators will be licensed by TDLR.


Online Resources

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


FAQs: TDLR Response to Harvey

1. I live in one of the counties in the disaster declaration. Will I have extra time to renew my license?

Yes, if your license is currently in its renewal period and you live in one of the counties included in the disaster declaration, your expiration date is automatically extended 60 days from the current expiration date. You do not need to request an extension. Check your license status online

2. Will my Continuing Education requirements and/or late renewal fees be waived so I can renew my license?

Yes, if you live in one of the affected counties, during the disaster declaration period you are exempt from paying any late renewal fees for your license, and you are not required to complete Continuing Education to renew your license. These requirements have been automatically waived for all licensees in the affected counties.

3. My license was lost or damaged in the disaster. Can I get a replacement?

Yes, if you reside in one of the affected counties, you can receive a duplicate license at no cost. Email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov to request assistance.

4. I am a licensee working on the rebuilding and recovery effort--what can I expect from TDLR relating to plan reviews and inspections?

During the disaster proclamation period, TDLR will fast-track all state-required plan reviews and inspections in the affected counties for the programs listed below. Email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov to request assistance.

  • Barber and Cosmetology Schools
  • Boilers (internal extension requests)
  • Elevators
  • Licensed Breeders (pre-license inspection)
  • Tow Trucks and Vehicle Storage Facilities

5. Who can I contact if I have other questions about my license?

If you live in one of the affected counties and need assistance with your license or other TDLR services, please email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov for priority attention. You may also call TDLR at 1-800-803-9202 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

6. Where can I get information about disaster relief and recovery resources, or if I want to volunteer to help?

Please visit rebuildtexas.today and emergency.portal.texas.gov for current information, including state and federal assistance.