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Barber, Body Artist & Cosmetology

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.

License Lookup

Need to find the status of a licensee?

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Renew License

Barbers, learn how to renew your license before September 30, 2019 by clicking here.

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Meeting Dates

  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • July (Recess)
  • August 3
  • September 14
  • October (Recess)
  • November 2
  • December 7

Licensing Services

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.

Click here for a list of fees.

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

Board Members & Board Staff

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
  • Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator
  • Nicole McClendon - Program Coordinator
  • Chanda Kearney - Program Support Specialist

13th Annual Practitioners Forum

Photos from the 2019 Forum are available here.

Continuing Education Requirements