NOTICE - License Renewal

If your license expires September 30, 2017, a renewal notice was mailed via regular mail on July 1, 2017. The notice includes instructions on how to renew online or request a paper renewal form. Licensees are reminded that the online renewal process must be completed prior to 12:59 p.m. on September 30th. It is recommended a licensee start the online renewal process no later than 12:45 p.m. on September 30th to insure there is adequate time to complete the process. Please note all renewal fees were reduced this renewal period.

Paper renewal forms, accompanied by the renewal fee, must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2017.

If a licensee needs to update an address or contact information, please complete the address change form at or fax the information to 573/751-8167. Updates to licensure information cannot be completed by calling the Board office. If you need to update your name with the Board, please provide a copy of the official name change documentation via email at, facsimile (fax) 573/751-8167. When corresponding by e-mail and/or facsimile (fax), please refrain from including any sensitive personal identifying information such as Social Security Number or Date of Birth. After renewal post cards are mailed, a licensee can obtain a paper renewal form by contacting the Board by email, fax, or calling 573/751-1052. Remember: the online renewal system will close at 12:59 p.m. on September 30th.

2017 Rule Review

Pursuant to the Executive Order 17-03 the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners ("Board") will be conducting a full review of all its rules. The Board will be taking public comments on any of its rules during its May 22, 2017 and July 24, 2017 Board meetings.

Also, public comments can also be submitted online.

Sensitive Information

When corresponding with the Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners by e-mail and/or facsimile (fax), please refrain from including any sensitive personal identifying information such as Social Security Number or Date of Birth. The State Board does not need you to include sensitive personal information, in order to respond to your email or fax.

NEW - Written (Theory) Examination Services and Examination Fees

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Do you need to reinstate a license that expired September 30, 2015?

  • Click on "Applications/Forms" tab above.
  • Print out the appropriate reinstatement application under the "Reinstatement Applications" section.
  • Complete the reinstatement application and mail to the Board office with the correct reinstatement fee.

Downloadable Flyer on Prohibited Razor-type Instruments

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About the Board

The State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners was created in 2005, merging the State Board of Barber Examiners and the State Board of Cosmetology. The licensing of barbers and the barber board was created in 1899, the licensing of cosmetologists began in 1929 and the State Board of Cosmetology was created in 1956. The board enforces Chapters 328 and 329, RSMo, and regulates barbers, cosmetologists, manicurists, estheticians, instructors, salons, barbershops and cosmetology and barber schools.

Mission Statement

Protect the public's health, safety and welfare by ensuring that only qualified persons are examined and licensed to practice barbering and cosmetology, as well as to strive to reduce the number of instances of incompetent, negligent, fraudulent or dishonest services provided by licensees. Also, conduct inspections of the establishments and schools.


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