Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

Coming Soon! New eLicense System - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The State Cosmetology and Barber Board will soon be transitioning to the state’s new online licensing system called “eLicense Ohio”. On April 23, 2018, this new system will go live.  The new system will provide a secure platform of licensing and renewal.

Beginning April 10, 2018, the current system will be unavailable.  Applicants for licensure or candidates for examination will be directed to apply through the online system beginning April 23rd

Following the April 23rd go-live date of the eLicense system, the Board will be sending salons, cosmetologists, hair designers, manicurist, estheticians, natural hair stylists, barber shops, barbers, tanning facilities, and schools comprehensive registration and renewal instructions, which will include a required security code.  Additionally, persons with a valid email address with the Board will receive an electronic notification on how to navigate to the new system to register.

New “eLicense Ohio” Transaction Fee - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

In April 2018, the Board will transition to a new online licensing system called “eLicense Ohio.”  This new system will replace the Board’s current licensing system.  Effective July 20, 2017, Am. Sub. H.B. 49 amended Section 125.18 (E) of the Ohio Revised Code, creating a non-refundable transaction fee for all eLicense Ohio transactions resulting in the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of a license or registration served by the eLicense Ohio portal.  The revenue generated from this eLicense system transaction fee is paid to the State of Ohio and supports the operational and maintenance costs of the eLicense Ohio portal. 

Board Meeting
The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board's
next Board meeting will be held on
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
at the offices located in Grove City, Ohio.

About the Board

Am. Sub. H.B. 49 was signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich on July 1, 2017, which created the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board (COS), effective January 21, 2018. This newly formed agency will continue the work of the former Boards through the effective licensing and regulation of Cosmetology, branches of cosmetology, Barbering, and Tanning Services.  Over the next few months, the new Board will be working hard to improve workflow, application processing, examination services, and updating rules.  Licensees are encouraged to regularly visit the Board’s website to obtain a variety of information on the Board’s activities, including meeting minutes, meeting announcements, rule filings, and frequently asked questions.  Questions relating to the new Board can be sent by email to or by telephoning the Board at (614) 466-3834.