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Barbers, Body Artists and Cosmetologists

Important Message in Reference to COVID-19

Licensees,

In accordance with Title III, Section 312 of the “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, “the Act”, professional or occupational licenses that expire during the declared public health emergency are considered valid.

As noted on the coronavirus.dc.gov page under the section listed Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, once the public health emergency is over, licensees will have 45 days to renew a license and renewal notices will be sent at that time.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will begin accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses starting July 1, 2021. Enforcement of licensure will begin on September 1, 2021. Additional information will be issued in the near future.


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, DC 20024.

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

Applicant

Apply for license

Click to apply for a license.

 

Items Needed for Application

  • One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
  • Un-expired government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)
  • Debit or credit card to pay application, exam, or license fees

 

Examination

Exams may be scheduled online or by phone.

To schedule online, visit psiexams.com. New users will need to create an account and register prior to scheduling an exam. Once registered, select “Schedule and examination” and then:

  1. Select Government/State Licensing Agencies
  2. Select District of Columbia exams
  3. Select Account for the type of licensing exam that you are seeking

Applicants may also schedule by phone at 1 (855) 557-0616.

 

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

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

Letter of Certification/License Verification
Request a Letter of License Certification

Consumer

Search for an Occupational or Professional License
Search for an Occupational or Professional License

File a Complaint or Issue
File a Complaint

Calendar

Meeting Dates  

  • January 4, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • April 5, 2021
  • May 3, 2021
  • June 7, 2021
  • July 12, 2021
  • August – Recess
  • September 13, 2021
  • October 4, 2021
  • November 1, 2021
  • December 6, 2021

 

Contact Us

Board Members

Anwar S. Saleem, Ph.D. – Chair, Cosmetologist
Raymond L. Kibler, Ph.D. – Barber
Jared Scott – Barber
Mark C. Wills – Barber
Eric Doyle – Body Artist
David Cavalcante – Body Artist
Richard A. DeCarlo, PhD – Cosmetologist
Vonetta Dumas-Jennings – Cosmetologist Specialty, Braider
Kandace Murray – Cosmetologist Specialty, Esthetics/Electrologist
Frances Olivia French – Specialty Cosmetologist Member
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
Sheldon "Skip" Brown –  Board Administrator
Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator
Nicole McClendon – Program Coordinator

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.

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

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