How to Transfer a Cosmetology License to Texas

By CL Hardy; Updated July 05, 2017
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When a practicing cosmetologist moves to a new state, it is customary to check the licensing requirements for that state. With an active license, cosmetologists moving to the state of Texas can transfer their information and receive a Texas-issued license without having to re-take the licensing exam. Completing the proper forms and bringing along proof of current licensing can help to make the process fast and efficient.

Confirm your cosmetology license is active in your current state and will still be current during the time you plan to move to Texas. You cannot transfer an expired license.

Contact your current state Board of Cosmetology and request a letter of certification. This letter should be sent by certified mail to either your new Texas address, or directly to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. If you opt to have the letter mailed to your address in Texas, make sure you send it to the Texas Department of Licensing in its original sealed state.

Complete the Texas Reciprocal Cosmetology License application. You can access this form by visiting the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website. Click "Cosmetology" under the "Programs" section of the website. Click ''Online Licensing Applications and Renewals," and look for the "Application for Reciprocity Cosmetology License" form. Print out the form, and complete all required fields.

Collect your current out of state cosmetology license, your letter of certification, a money order or cashier's check for the application fee and your applicationand mail to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation using the address on the application.

About the Author

CL Hardy is a communication professional based in Austin, Texas. In addition to writing corporate newsletters, proposals and technical white papers for Fortune 500 clients for more than 12 years, Hardy has been published in "Black Collegian" magazine; her articles on human resources, business and art topics can be found on eHow. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in communication.