Education and Training
You must have a high school diploma or equivalency to apply for a Texas cosmetology license.
If you do not have a diploma or equivalency, you may also take an “ability-to-benefit” test administered by a certified testing agency that measures a person’s ability to benefit from training. Consult your local
for information on ability-to-benefit testing.
Beauty School Training
To apply for a Texas eyelash extension license, you must first enroll in a
licensed in Texas. Beauty school students will be issued a student permit while in training.
To qualify for a license, you must have completed 320 hours of instruction in an approved eyelash extension training program.
Find a School
If you did not receive your training in Texas, please see the
Transferring Your Cosmetology License From Another State
You must pass written and practical licensing exams to obtain a Texas cosmetology license.
After completing all training requirements, you will become eligible to take the written and practical exams. Our third-party vendor (PSI) will send you an email confirmation with instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the examination.
Please see the
page for complete details.
Application and Fee
Once you have passed both the written and practical exams, you may apply for your cosmetology license (Apply Online
Apply by Mail). Please include the non-refundable application fee of $50.
You must be at least 17 years old to apply.
Eyelash extension specialty licenses are valid for two years from the date of issue.
Applicants with Criminal Convictions
If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed
Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF)
along with your application materials.
The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for a license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on
the nature of the conviction
and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.
Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the
Criminal History Evaluation Letter
page for more information.
Please see the
Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.