Notice: License Renewal

The online renewal system closed on September 30, 2017. Licensees can no longer renew online. Please follow the below link to obtain a reinstatement application if your license expired September 30, 2017.

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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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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