At the advice of the Office of the Governor of the State of Missouri, the Board is making available the following link to reopening recommendations for the profession. These recommendations were prepared by Barbicide, not the Board. The Board is not endorsing Barbicide or its products. These are recommendations and proposed guidance only, and they are not endorsed or being mandated by the Board as best practices for every situation. The Board reminds licensees of their duty to follow all Board statutes and rules in reopening their practices.

Reopening Plan
Back to Work Plan

Beginning June 1, 2020, the Division and its boards will begin to accept members of the public in its building but with some new rules and safeguards.
  • If you are an applicant or licensee, and you plan to hand deliver items, you will be required to remain in the lobby area to meet with a representative of your board. The Division will limit the number of members of the public in the lobby to THREE. Others will be required to remain in your vehicle or outside until you are able to meet with board staff. The Division and its boards kindly ask you to socially distance while visiting the Division. Please have any documents that require notarization completed, including the notarization, prior to your visit.
  • If you plan to visit the Division to hand deliver items or take an examination, you will be expected to answer questions regarding your health and any exposure to COVID 19. If you have any of the common symptoms of COVID 19, you will not be granted entry into the building. Staff will be on hand to meet you at the front of the building and you will be expected to maintain social distancing within the Division of Professional Registration.
  • If you are a member of the public who wishes to attend the public meeting of one of our boards, the board will provide you information to attend virtually. Those who do need to gain entry into the building for the meeting will be required to maintain social distancing in the building. You may be asked to wait outside if you have a scheduled appointment with the board and answer questions regarding your health and any exposure to COVID 19.
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.

Application for distance education during the duration of Executive Order 4

Please click here for the Easing Regulatory Burdens during State of Emergency document.
Distance Education Program Update

NIC Practical Examination Content Changes:

NIC Updates
Esthetics CIB
Manicure CIB

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)


If you are a current licensee, please fill out the short 1 minute survey below.

Bill(s) Passed During the 2018 Legislative Session

House Bill 1500 (
House Bill 1719 (

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.


The data in this website is provided, controlled and maintained by the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners and its employees and is not modifiable by any outside source. The Board provides current data extracted from our database and constitutes a Primary Source Verification. Each item of data has been verified by Board personnel from the primary source, unless otherwise specified. Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and compliance with applicable accreditation and certification standards for the information displayed. The Board maintains daily updates to this website.

No responsibility is assured or implied for errors or omissions created or caused by technical difficulties. No one shall be entitled to claim detrimental reliance thereon.