California Occupational License

License Title:
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento,  CA  95834

     Phone Number: (800) 952-5210
     Fax Number: (916) 575-7280

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Persons offering barbering services for payment.

Fees: Initial fee of $125 includes examination and licensing costs; Renewal: $50.

Examination Frequency: Every Monday and Thursday, as needed.

Exam Locations: Los Angeles and Fairfield.

Experience Requirement: Barber exam candidates must:

(1) Be at least 17 years of age;

(2) Complete the 10th grade in a California public school or its equivalent; and

(3) Meet one of the following:

(a) Completed a course in barbering from a school approved by the board;

(b) Completed an apprenticeship program in barbering approved by the bureau;

(c) Practiced barbering out-of-state for a period of time equivalent to the study and training of a qualified person licensed by the board. (Each three months of practice shall be deemed the equivalent of 100 hours of training)

(d) Completed a cosmetology course in a school approved by the board and complete a barber crossover course in a school approved by the board;

(e) Hold a cosmetologist license in California and has completed a barber crossover course in a school approved by the board; or

(f) Completed comparable military training as documented by submission of Verification of Military Experience and Training (V-MET) records.

Average Time to Process Application: 8-12 weeks.

Renewal Period: Every two (2) years.

Special License Requirements: The board may deny a license on the grounds that the applicant has one of the following:

(1) Been convicted of a crime;

(2) Done any act involving dishonesty, fraud or deceit with the intent to substantially benefit himself or another or substantially injure another; or

(3) Done any act, which if done by a licentiate of the business or profession in question, would be grounds for suspension or revocation of license.

The board may deny a license if the crime or act is substantially related to the qualifications or functions.

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Chapter 10, Division 3
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Barbers 395011