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 2017-18 begins on July 1, 2017

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Please be advised -  We appreciate your patience during this busy time as we process license renewals as quickly as possible. License processing may take up to several weeks to complete.  If you properly submitted your renewal on or before the July 31, 2017 deadline  and have not received your 2018 license by August 31, 2017 then please contact the office for further assistance. 

Recent Headlines 


May 23, 2017 (Updated June 5, 2017)- Kentucky State Cosmetology Reorganization Information

As of June 1, 2017 the Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists WILL NOT be combining with the Kentucky State Board of Barbering.  Other details of the Reorganization will move forward as originally planned.

Reorganization of General Government Boards- Talking Points.pdfReorganization of General Government Boards- Talking Points.pdf

Any questions regarding this matter may be directed to Elizabeth Goss Kuhn at elizabethg.kuhn@ky.gov .


May 16, 2017 (Updated May 19, 2017)- House Bill 217 Changes Hourly Requirement for Kentucky Cosmetology Licensure

Memorandum-Implementation of HB 271.pdfMemorandum-Implementation of HB 271.pdf

Proposed Change for 201 KAR 12 082.pdfProposed Change for 201 KAR 12 082.pdf


 May 3, 2017- Esthetician and Nail Technician Hours Can Now Be Applied Toward Cosmetology Education (Please See Notice Below for Details):

Nail Tech Esthetician Hours Transfer.pdfNail Tech Esthetician Hours Transfer.pdf


May 1, 2017- Changes to Nail Technician Practical Examination Supply List:

Effective June 1, 2017- All Sculptured Nail Products (powder, primer, "odorless" liquid) brought into the examination must be in ORIGINAL, UNOPENED container with manufacturer's label indicating the product is "odorless" 


 March 15, 2017- 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 can be considered for approval:
  • Copy of Driver's License or State Issued ID.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Processing Time for Out-of-State transfer applications received complete and correct in the Board office is 30 days.  Please Plan Accordingly.


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. ‚Äč

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.