Our Mission Statement

The Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists was created to protect the health and safety of the general public, to protect the public against misrepresentation, deceit, or fraud in the practice or teaching of beauty culture, to set standards for the operation of the schools and salons, and to protect the students under the provisions of this chapters.

Office Hours and Locations

We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Kentucky Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists
111 St. James Court, Suite A
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
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Phone: 502-564-4262
Fax: 502-564-0481

License Renewal

Important Notice

Our online License Renewal System only works with Internet Explorer. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

License Renewal for 2016-17 begins on July 1, 2016

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Procedure Change for Out-Of-State Licensees wishing to transfer their license to the State of Kentucky (Effective March 15, 2017):

Any person who holds an out-of-state license for more than two years may submit an application for license transfer to be considered by the Kentucky State Board of Hairdessers and Cosmetologists.  
The following documentation must be submitted with your application before it may be placed on the monthly board agenda for consideration:
  • Proof of work history- Minimum of past 2 years, maximum past 5 years 
  • Certification of Professional License- Must be requested by applicant from professional licensing board for that state.  Please request all certifications be submitted directly to the Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists.  Certifications cannot be accepted from the applicant.  (Applicants holding an Indiana license may submit electronic certification from their state licensing agency.)
  • Proof of 12th Grade Education- College, High School, or GED transcript or Diploma is Acceptable.  Education obtained outside of the United States must be submitted with an offical translation.
Once the completed application and all required documentation is received, the application will be placed on the monthly board agenda.  All completed applications and required documentation MUST be recieved by the deadline to be placed on the following months agenda.  All board agenda dates and deadlines are listed on the Applications and Examination Schedules section of this website. 


Changes to Cosmetology Instructor Examinations

Please be advised that as of October 14, 2015 any person applying for the Cosmetology Instructors Examination will only be scheduled during the following examination months.

·    January 2016
·    March 2016
·    May 2016
·    June 2016
·    September 2016
·    November 2016

If You Have Not Received Your License After You Have Submitted the Renewal

No renewed licenses can be reprinted until 30 days after they were accepted. If you have not received your license after 30 days you must submit a written statement requesting a reprint of the license to the board office no later than October 1. The statement must be signed and dated and state that you did not receive your license from renewals. Any requests for reprint postmarked after October 1 will be denied and you will be required to submit a duplicate license application with the required fee. ​

Please Be Advised

KBHC has received reports that Salons licensed thru our agency have been receiving automated calls concerning Salon inspections.  KBHC does not send automated messages of any kind.