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The Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists’ mission is to serve the Commonwealth by providing educational, health, and regulatory standards for all aspects of the beauty industry.

License Renewal

Online License Renewal for 2018-19 begins on July 4, 2018
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Jun

29

Online Renewals Will Not Be Available Until July 4, 2018

Online renewals will not be available until July 4th due to the conversion of our computer processing system. As of July 4th, you will be able to renew online from the link located on the main page of this website. This renewal link is accessible from a mobile device, tablet, or computer. Due to this transition, processing may take longer than in previous years. We appreciate your patience during this time. ONLY regular renewals with NO changes (except a mailing address change) can be processed online. All renewals requiring verifying documentation must be submitted by mail on a paper application. (ex: last name changes, restorations, salon manager changes, etc.)


Jun

29

www.hnslicense.net No Longer Active As-Of June 29, 2018

As of June 29, 2018, the hnslicense.net (HNS) website will no longer be available. Kbc.ky.gov will be the only official website of the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology.


Jun

29

Please Be Advised

Due to the high volume of calls received during renewals and limited staffing, it may be difficult to reach the office via phone. Please refer to above links for specific information. All mail sent to the office requiring receipt verification must be sent by traceable means. We do not have the ability to verify licensing status during this time.


Jun

29

Renewal Application

If you cannot renew online please print and submit the application provided below with your renewal fee to the board office. The application and fee must be postmarked by July 31, 2018.

Renewal Application

Jun

28

Independent Contractors Licenses

Independent Contractor Licenses are no longer a license required or issued by this agency. Independent Contractors licenses do not need to be renewed.


Jun

28

Apprentice Cosmetologists-Please Be Advised

Apprentice Cosmetologists will not be able to renew online. Due to the passing of HB 260, these license holders are required to send in the restoration application and fee in addition to their renewal fee. This will convert the license to a regular cosmetology license and bring it to current status for the new licensing year. These must be postmarked by July 31, 2018, in order to avoid additional fees.

Restoration License Application

Jun

28

Attention Schools

HNS will not be available to post hours after 6-28-2018. Schools will be receiving information on the student enrollment/hour reporting process.


Jun

20

Cosmetology, Nail, and Esthetic Services Not Effected in Legislative Tax Changes

Cosmetology, nail, and esthetic services were not included in the tax changes enacted during the 2018 legislative session.


Apr

06

201 KAR 12.030 Updated

Regulation 201 KAR 12.030, regarding licensing, permits, and examinations, became active as-of April 6, 2018.  A link to the updated regulation is listed below.

201 KAR 12.030

Apr

06

List of Repealed & Active Regulations

The following lists provide repealed & active regulations as-of April 6, 2018.

KBC Active Regulations
KBC Repealed Regulations

Apr

06

201 KAR 12.060 Updated

Regulation 201 KAR 12.060, regarding inspections, became active as-of April 6, 2018. A link to the updated regulation is listed below.

201 KAR 12.060

Apr

04

HB 260 Enacted Effective March 30, 2018

On March 30, 2018, Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill (HB) 260, sponsored by Rep. Robert Mills, that makes significant improvements to the cosmetology industry in Kentucky and the operation of the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology (KBC). House Bill 260 is effective as of March 30, 2018. Please see below.

HB 260 FAQ

Mar

13

201 KAR 12.100 Updated

Regulation 201 KAR 12.100, regarding sanitation standards, became active as-of March 9, 2018. A Link to the updated regulation is listed below.

201 KAR 12.100

Feb

02

201 KAR 12.082 Updated

Please be advised: Regulation 201 KAR 12.082, regarding school curriculum and student rules, became active as-of February 2, 2018. A link to the updated regulation can be found below.

201 KAR 12.082



Complaint Form

In order to file a complaint with the Board you must complete the following application and submit it to the Board office. All complaints must be submitted on this form.
Download Form​.

  • The Kentucky Board of Cosmetology does not accept complaints by phone
  • The Board cannot settle matters of a civil nature and has no authority to require payment for damages on your behalf.​

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. ​