The largest southern state in the country is famous for its deep cowboy culture. At the same time, its major industries are agriculture and steel. Texas is a prime location for practicing cosmetologists. I’ll get into all of that in a second, but first here are some fun facts:

  • Not only is Texas, one of the largest states in the US. Can you believe it’s bigger than every country in Europe? Well, everything is bigger in Texas.
  • The birthplace of one of the most popular fast-food, the hamburger, lies in Athens, Texas.
  • Many famous Texans are multi-talented. Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, and even Beyoncé are celebrities known in both the music and movie industry.

 Now let’s properly dissect what being a Texan cosmetologist entails.

Cosmetology Licensure Renewal

Texas’ Department of Licensing and Regulation handles the renewal of licenses. They also recommend that you make all necessary changes to your biodata if you need to renew your permit.  There is a continuing education requirement in Texas. That means without completing the required continuing hours, you cannot renew your license. The course is 4 hours, and you need only take it once every two years before your license expires. If the course somehow overlaps with your expiration date, then you can escape a late fee by sending in your application earlier.

Once you’ve completed the course, you can verify your continuing education hours and then renew your license online. Information you’ll require to login includes the last four digits of your social security number, so ensure you do so using a trusted internet connection. If you don’t have access to secure wifi, then contact the TDLR to have a renewal form mailed to you. Within 14 days, you should receive a notification of your license renewal.

Initial license fee: $25

Renewal fee (to be paid every two years): $50

Late renewal fee (90 days or less): $25

Late renewal fee (more than 90 days ): $50

How to transfer my Cosmetology license to Texas from another State

Texas allows an out-of-state transfer to applicants with licenses of an equal or higher standing than their own. If you check TDLR’s website, you’ll find a drop-down menu asking you to specify which state you’re transferring. States that are allowed reciprocity by Texas’ Board of Cosmetology are Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and many more. Others whose licensing requirements do not satisfy Texas include Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, and a couple of other states. But you can meet up if you have one year’s experience. However, if you got your license in New York or Florida, then you need two years of working experience to make up.

Your home state would need to verify your certification by sending it directly to TDLR. You’ll also need to fill an application form that costs $100.

How to change name/address on Cosmetology license

Remember earlier that I mentioned updating your bio-data before renewing your license? Well, I’ll elaborate more on that here. A name change requires you to send an email to the TDLR. In the email, you should include your previous and current name, license number, and legal document reflecting the change. It could be a court order, a marriage license, or divorce decree, as long as the government issues it, it’s acceptable. You’ll have to add a certificate of naturalization if you’re changing your first name.

Updating your address is relatively more straightforward. All you have to do is follow this link to TDLR’s website to change it. You can also change other contact information like your phone number or email.

Requirements for receiving Cosmetology Instructor’s license

Training students in cosmetology is an essential part of maintaining the integrity of the practice. To do so requires dedicated and hardworking cosmetologists willing to become instructors in the field. It’s also an avenue to make more money. You may qualify to be an instructor in three ways.

First, you can become an instructor by completing 750 hours of coursework in teaching at an approved beauty school, or vocational training program. Second, by combining at least a years’ experience with 500 hours of coursework and lastly, by obtaining a college education. If you already have a degree in education and one year of verified experience as a cosmetologist, you can apply for an instructor’s license. The form costs $60

You’ll also have to sit for a written and practical instructor’s exam to prove your cosmetology and education proficiency.

Cosmetology Examination requirements

There are specific criteria you must meet to qualify as a licensed cosmetologist,  such as:

  • Applicant must be at least 17 years old
  • Applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Applicant must complete 1500 hours of instruction at an approved beauty school
  • The applicant must pass the written and practical Texas cosmetology licensing exams.

On completing 1000 of the 1500 mandatory hours, you become eligible to take the written licensing exam. PSI will send an email confirmation with a date and time for your test. You can only take the practical exam when you have finished your training. Once you pass both exams and receive your license, remember that the license is valid for just two years.

If you have more questions about your Texas Cosmetology license, let me know in the comment section. Please feel free to leave a general comment if I answered a question you had or found out something new. You can also read more about cosmetology in other states here.