Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure: News


Reminder to Register School Shops

All private and public schools currently offering barber and cosmetology programs that house a shop offering services to the public must register with the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure. No action is needed if your shop registration was recently renewed and has a Nov. 30, 2019 expiration date.

In an effort to promote compliance with the school shop registration requirement, schools without a registration will have a limited opportunity to either register the school shop if it has never been registered or apply to reinstate the school shop if the registration is expired. This limited opportunity will be available through July 30, 2018 only. Applicants will not be subject to penalties during this limited time.

If your school shop has never held a shop registration, apply online using Online Services. The original business application is only available online and payments can be made with a credit card.

To reinstate a shop registration, please complete the reinstatement application and return it to our office in person or by mail with the application fee. The shop reinstatement application will be processed as soon as possible. If you do not register or reinstate the school shop registration by July 30, 2018, you are still encouraged to register the shop location; however, there may be a penalty as determined by the Division Director on a case by case basis.

All registrations expire Nov. 30 in odd-numbered years. The renewal period opens about 5-6 weeks before the expiration date. If the registration is not renewed, it will expire after the 60-day grace period which usually occurs around early February of even-numbered years.  

Top 5 Tips to Remember

  1. Maintain updated contact information with us to receive important notices.
  2. If changes are needed, please report those in writing via the change application.
  3. Make a note of the expiration date on your calendar and other mobile devices.
  4. Verify the status of the shop registration via our online verification page.
  5. Post the shop registration where it is visible to the public.

Webinar Recordings

The Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure hosted two webinars to help licensees better understand revised and simplified rules that are now in effect.

New Rules Update: Chapters 2, 3 and 9

New Rules Update: Chapters 7, 8, and 10

New Rules Update: Chapters 4 & 9

New Rules Update: Chapters 5 & 6

Please note that Q&As from these webinars will be posted at a later date.


Consumer Tips for Nail Salons

Before your next visit to a nail salon, please view or download our Consumer Tips for Nail Salons to learn more about what you should observe the next time you go in for a manicure or pedicure.


Hair Smoothing Products Could Release Formaldehyde

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several State OSHA programs are investigating questions and complaints from hair salon owners and workers about possible formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products. Some of these products have been labeled as "formaldehyde-free." During Federal OSHA investigations, air tests showed formaldehyde at levels above OSHA's limits in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu, resulting in violations and citations.