Do I pay for my own license? If so, when do I pay for it?

Modified on Mon, 02 Oct 2023 at 09:14 AM

Yes.  Licencees are responsible for the out of pocket expense to get an actual paper license.  Additionally, every two years you will be required to complete continuing education and pay a renewal fee to maintain an active license.  Purchasing your professional license  is not only an important investment, but a critical milestone along your path to a rewarding career in the beauty industry. As soon as you become eligible to take your written exam, you can pay the license fee online at: See instructions below:  

Note:  graduates that pay for their license fee after taking passing their practical exam will have to wait until their license arrives to begin working in a licensed position. 


1. Log onto the TDLR website by clicking here:


2. Click on "Cosmetologists"

3. Click on "New License Application."

4. Click on "Individual License." 

5. Click on either "Cosmetology Operator" or "Esthetician" - depending on which program you graduated from

6. You will then provide the information requested & you will need your School Permit Number. 

7. You will now click "Continue" which will take you to the payment page & to the completion of ordering your license. 

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