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Barber, Body Artist and Cosmetology

Sec. 310. Extension of licenses and registrations; waiver of deadlines.

Notwithstanding any provision of law during, or within 45 days after the end of, a period time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Mayor, may:

  1. Prospectively or retroactively extend the validity of a license, registration, permit, or authorization, including drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, professional licenses, registrations, and certifications;
  2. Waive the deadlines for filings, and waive fees, fines, and penalties associated with the failure to timely renew a license, registration, permit, or other authorization or to timely submit a filing; or
  3. Extend or waive the deadline by which action is required to be taken by the executive branch of the District government or by which an approval or disapproval is deemed to have occurred based on inaction by the executive branch of the District government.

General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Barber and Cosmetology regulates the practice of barbers, body artists, and cosmetologists, including specialty cosmetology practices such as braiding, electrolysis, esthetics, manicuring and others as the Mayor may from time to time establish by rule, instructors and managers of these practices, and owners of such facilities. The Board works diligently to raise the standards of practice, ensure quality service, establish accepted codes of ethical behavior, and protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and visitors of the District of Columbia by upholding the city’s Barber and Cosmetology license law, which took effect on May 2001.

The Board of Barber and Cosmetology consists of 14 members, appointed by the Mayor: three barbers; three cosmetologists, three specialty cosmetologists; three body artists; and two consumer members. Eight members constitute a quorum.

The Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

Applicant

Apply for license

To apply for a license or access the online portal, please click here.

Please contact a customer service representative at 1-866-270-9817 if you have any questions or you do not know the email address linked with your license.

Examination  

Schedule an examination: Exams may be scheduled online by clicking here or by phone:

  1. Dial (800) 733-9267
  2. Select Option 1 for government and state exams
  3. Select Option 2 for District of Columbia exams

Fees  

Barbers

Application $65.00  License:    

  1. Barber $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  2. Manager $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  3. Instructor $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  4. Owner $110.00 (up to 2 years) 

Renewal

  • Renewal (Barber & Owner) $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Renewal (Barber, Manager & Instructor) $155.00  
  • Late Renewal Fee $50.00  Examination/Re-examination See § 3500.3   
  • Reinstated License $155.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Inactive Status $155.00   
  • Duplicate License $30.00   
  • Verification of Records $30.00

  Cosmetologist

  • Application $65.00   
  • License $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Renewal $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Renewal (Managers & Instructors) $155.00   
  • Renewal (Specialty Managers & Instructors) $155.00   
  • Late Renewal Fee $50.00   
  • Examination/Re-examination See § 3500.3   
  • Reinstated License $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Reinstated License (Managers & Instructors) $155.00   
  • Reinstated License (Specialty Managers & Instructors) $155.00   
  • Inactive Status (All categories) $110.00   
  • Inactive Status (Managers, Instructors & Specialty) $155.00   
  • Duplicate License $30.00   
  • Verification of Records $30.00   
  • Temporary License  (All operators except electrologists) $110.00
Refund Request

Licensee

Letter of Certification/Verification
Good Standing Letters

License Renewal

Barber License Renewal Information

Barber renewals are not open at this time.

Expiration Date: 30-Sep Renewal Year: Odd

Body Artist License Renewal Information

The biennial license renewal deadline is April 15, 2020 for Body Artists, Cosmetologists and Cosmetology Specialists.

To complete your online renewal, follow the steps below:

Begin the online renewal process here.

  1. Login to the system using your license number and your password.
  2. If you do not remember your password; click “Forgot your password?”
  3. Check your e-mail inbox for a link to reset your password (check your Spam/Junkfolder).
  4. Once logged in, scroll down to your license type and select Renewal
  5. Click “Begin” to start the application.
  6. Answer all the screening questions and make your payment.

PLEASE NOTE – Do not upload Photos and Continuing Education Certificates

Cosmetology License Renewal Information

The biennial license renewal deadline is April 15, 2020 for Body Artists, Cosmetologists and Cosmetology Specialists.

To complete your online renewal, follow the steps below:

  1. Begin the online renewal process here.
  2. Login to the system using your license number and your password.
  3. If you do not remember your password; click “Forgot your password?”
  4. Check your e-mail inbox for a link to reset your password (check your Spam/Junk folder).
  5. Once logged in, scroll down to your license type and select Renewal
  6. Click “Begin” to start the application.
  7. Answer all the screening questions and make your payment.

PLEASE NOTE – Do not upload Photos and Continuing Education Certificates

Fee schedule (Barber & Cosmetology)

Consumer

License Lookup
Need to find the status of a licensee? Click here

File a Complaint

Calendar

Virtual Meeting Link - Coming Soon

Meeting Dates  

  • January 6, 2020
  • February 3, 2020
  • March 2, 2020
  • April 6, 2020
  • May 4, 2020
  • June 3, 2020
  • July 6, 2020
  • August, 2020 (Recess)
  • September 14, 2020
  • October 5, 2020 @ 10:00am
    • To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.

      Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
      1-650-479-3208

      Show all global call-in numbers
      Access code: 172 122 7444

      Join Meeting

  • November 2, 2020
  • December 7, 2020

Contact Us

Board Members

  • Anwar S. Saleem, PhD – Chair, Cosmetologist
  • Raymond L. Kibler, PhD – Barber
  • Jared Scott – Barber
  • Mark C. Wills – Barber
  • Isaac Colon – Body Artist
  • Eric Doyle – Body Artist
  • Richard A. DeCarlo, PhD – Cosmetologist
  • Erwin Gomez – Cosmetologist
  • Vonetta Dumas – Cosmetologist Specialty, Braider
  • Kandace Murray – Cosmetologist Specialty, Esthetics/Electrologist
  • Sharon A. Young – Cosmetologist Specialty, Manicurist
  • Vacant – Body Artist
  • Mabel Carter – Consumer Member
  • Nanta Wilson – Consumer Member

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

Board Staff

Andrew L. Jackson III – Board Administrator
202-442-4428

Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator
202-442-4329

Nicole McClendon - Program Coordinator
202-442-4464

Chanda Kearney- Program Support Specialist
2020-442-4341

Address: 1100 4th St SW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20024
Email: opla.barberandcosmetology@dc.gov

Publication and Resources

  • 2016 Annual Report
  • 2017 Annual Report
  • 2018 Annual Report

13th Annual Practitioners Forum
View photos from the 2019 Forum are available here.

Barber giving a haircut