Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

Office Closure - Staff Meeting - Monday, January 27, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Our office will be closed from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for an all-staff meeting.


Scam Targeting Board Licensees - Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board (“Board”) has recently received information about a scam targeting our licensees.  An individual will enter or call the salon or barber shop, claiming to be a Board Inspector and indicate that they are coming to complete an inspection.  The individual then informs the salon or barber shop that they need to have money available to pay for the inspection.  The Board does not charge for inspections, and Board inspectors will never ask a salon or barber shop for money.

If you receive a call or experience an encounter like noted above, please inform the Board immediately.


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 next scheduled Board Meeting for The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board
will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Riffe Tower
77 South High Street, 19th Floor, Room 1960
Columbus, OH 43215

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.