Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

2018 Barber License Renewal (Published) - Wednesday, August 15, 2018
2018 Barber License Renewal
Barber, Barbershop, and Barber School licenses expire August 31, 2018.  To avoid late fees and/or violations, licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date.  The Board’s renewal process is now paperless and all renewal are completed on-line through a secure web-based system.  To use this system, all licensees are required to create a user account in the system.  To obtain instructions and guidance on completing your license renewal, click on the LICENSE RENEW tab above and follow available links.  If you need additional assistance, please contact the help desk at (855) 405-5514.

If you need personal assistance renewing your license, the Board will have staff available at the following locations on the dates and times listed below. Please note: backpacks are not permitted in State buildings

Oliver Ocasek Gov’t Office Building
161 S. High St.
Akron, Ohio 44308
Aug. 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, and 31st
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No backpacks permitted.
Cincinnati School of Barbering
6500 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Aug. 22nd, 29th, and 31st
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Frank J. Lausche State Office Building
615 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Aug. 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, and 31st
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No backpacks permitted.
State Cosmetology and Barber Board
1929 Gateway Circle, Lobby
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Week days from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Washington County Library
615 5th Street, Meeting Room posted
Marietta, OH 45750
Aug. 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, and 31st
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Michael V. DiSalle Gov’t Center
1 Government Center, 640 Jackson St
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Aug. 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, and 31st
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No backpacks permitted.
George Voinovich Building
242 W. Federal St., Suite 102
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Aug. 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, and 31st
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No backpacks permitted.
John McIntire Library
220 North Fifth St.,
Study Room #3
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Aug. 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, and 31st
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New eLicense System (Published) - Wednesday, April 25, 2018
On April 23, 2018, the eLicense Ohio System went LIVE!  Existing licensees must register in the new system by creating an account.  A security code will be sent to licensees within the next few weeks, which will allow licensees to create their account in the new system.  This notification will come by email or postal mail, if you do not have a valid email address on record. As an alternative, you may access eLicense Ohio directly and request your security code by clicking on  - .  Complete the form and click on


New users will create an account by accessing the new system using the link below.  Full instructions and video tutorials are available by clicking on the tabs at the top of the home page.  New examinee information is found under EXAM/SCHOOL INFO.  License application information can be found under FORMS/APPLICATIONS.  Renewal information can be found under LICENSE RENEWAL/RESTORATION.

To use the new eLicense Ohio system, it is recommended you use one of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome (recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (Version 11)
eLicense System Transaction Fee (Published) - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 125.18 (E) and temporary law Sec. 207.40-Professions Licensing System, as amended by Am. Sub. HB 49 effective July 1, 2017, an eLicense System Transaction Fee is assessed on each license or permit issued as part of the electronic licensing system operated by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. A $3.50 fee is charged to all transactions, regardless of form, that immediately precede the issuance, renewal, reinstatement, reactivation of, or other activity that results in, a license or permit to operate as a regulated professional or entity. Each license or registration is a separate transaction to which a fee under this section applies. Licensing boards and commissions do not receive revenue from this eLicense System Transaction Fee. The eLicense System Transaction Fee is nonrefundable.

If you have any difficulty creating an account or applying for a license, you may contact the helpdesk at 855-405-5514

Board Meeting
The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board
The next Board meeting will be held on
Monday, September 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
at the offices of the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board.

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.