Certificate of Registration for Hair Braiding

Follow the link below for Hair Braiding Videos:
Hair Braiding Videos

Follow the link below for the Certificate of Registration for Hair Braiding application:
Certificate of Registration for Hair Braiding

2023 NIC Overview

Veterans' Services and Benefits

Effective July 31, 2023, the Board will no longer be utilizing the Hair Braiding video hosted by the Cosmetology Education Group. If you have already started that course, you will need to complete the video entirely by July 30, 2023. The Board will be releasing the new hair braiding video hosted on our website pr.mo.gov beginning July 31, 2023. Please contact the Board office if you have any questions.

Amendment 3 Marijuana Legalization Initiative

On November 8, 2022, Missourians approved an amendment allowing the legal use of marijuana and expungement of convictions for marijuana offenses as set forth in the amendment's language. The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will facilitate all requirements related to legalized marijuana including licensure for cultivation, manufacture, dispensing and sale of marijuana, under the new requirements. The effective date of the amendment was December 8, 2022.

The Division of Professional Registration and its 41 licensing boards will follow Amendment 3 and its enabling regulations regarding the legalization of marijuana for its licensees and applicants who are qualifying individuals.

The Division of Professional Registration and its 41 licensing boards will provide additional information as it becomes available from DHSS.

Barber Sanitation Rules
Prohibited Practices

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Fresh Start Act

The Fresh Start Act, passed in 2021, gives an individual with a criminal record the right to petition a licensing authority for a determination of whether the individual's criminal record disqualifies them from licensure. The Act can be found in section 324.012, RSMo. If you wish to petition a licensing authority for a pre-licensure determination of your criminal record, please use this link for the petition form.

State law does not authorize the board to issue an order closing all cosmetology and/or barber establishments under its jurisdiction. Licensees and owners should take any action they feel appropriate with respect to closures. The board encourages all licensees and business owners to consult the most recent information available from reliable sources like DHSS, local health departments and the CDC.

Duplicate License

If a license issued under this chapter has been destroyed, lost, mutilated beyond practical usage, or was never received, the licensee shall obtain a duplicate license from the board by appearing in person at the board's office or mailing, by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notarized affidavit stating that the license has been destroyed, lost, mutilated beyond practical usage, or was never received. (Section 328.025 and 329.033)


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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.

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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