To continue to practice cosmetology in Texas, you have to renew your license every two years through the Texas State Board of Cosmetology. The exact steps you need to take for Texas cosmetology renewal license depends on what type of license you have, such as an operator license, specialty license (manicurist, esthetician, eyelash extension, esthetician/manicurist), hair weaving license, instructor license, or instructor specialty license. However, the general guidelines for renewal remain the same.
The cost to renew your license is subject to change. Currently, the renewal fee for an operator license, specialty license, and hair weaving license is $53, while the cost to renew an instructor license is $70.
The Renewal Process
You can get your Texas cosmetology renewal license through completing an online application. You simply have to submit your continuing education hours, current license number, pertinent personal information that might include your social security information, and payment to receive the new license. It is also possible to renew your license through the mail with a payment in the form of money order or cashier’s check.
Continuing Education Requirements
In Texas, it is required that you take continuing education courses before you can receive your renewed license. The number of hours required depends on when your current license expires. If you have a license that expired prior to September 1, 2012, then you need to have a total of 6 hours continuing education. For those whose license expired after this date, you only need four hours of continuing education. The courses must be taken through a state-approved continuing education provider.
The type of courses you take for your Texas cosmetology renewal license is strictly regulated. For those who need the six hours, two must be in sanitation, two in Texas Occupation Code 1602, 1603, and Chapter 83 in a topic beyond sanitation, and two of any related cosmetology topics that are listed in Chapter 83 of the Cosmetology Administrative Rules. Under the new rules, you only need four hours, one of which needs to be in sanitation and the other three in a related topic listed in Chapter 83. You cannot take the same course more than once.
What Happens if You Miss your Deadline?
If you miss your deadline to get your Texas cosmetology renewal license, you cannot legally work with an expired license but you do have some options. You have 18 months in which to renew your license through the regular channels, but you will have to pay additional fees. The late renewal fees are 1.5 times the regular fee if you are late 90 days or less and 2 times the regular fee if you are between 90 days and three years late. If your license is between 18 months and 3 years old, you have to submit a Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal form. After three years, you have to apply for a new license.
How Can Beauty Academy Help
Beauty Academy offers online courses that include the entire four-hour course requirement in one place. It is an approved continuing education provider by the Texas Board of Cosmetology. You can easily fulfill all your requirements in the convenience of your own home on your own time. It is also a cost-effective solution.
It is important that you keep up to date with your cosmetology license. Although the board may send out information to remind you to renew, it is still up to you to renew your license every two years even if you did not receive any information from the board.
Check out our courses to complete your requirements to renew your Texas cosmetology license.