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

Independent Contractors Approved for Unemployment Filing

Governor Beshear announced on March 25, 2020 that independent contractors have been approved to file for unemployment and may now start applying.  Please following the filing schedule listed below.

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To Report Salon and Practitioner Non-Compliance to Executive Order

​To combat guideline noncompliance, Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline. To report an incident, call 1-833-597-2337. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and will respond to messages left after hours.

We also ask that an official complaint be filed with the Kentucky Board of Cosmetology via the online complaint form for further investigation and possible future board action.


​Please be aware that Governor Beshear has addressed single operators continuing to practice even with only one client at a time.  ALL licensees of this agency are to cease ALL services under their scope of practice until the order is given by Governor Beshear that practice in these professions may resume. Please see link below to Governor Beshears March 18, 2020 Daily Update where this was specifically adressed.

Gov Beshear March 18, 2020 Update Regarding Salon Practice

Salon Closure Required by 5:00 P.M. on March 18, 2020

By order of the Governor, ALL salons and limited facilities are to close by 5:00 P.M. on March 18, 2020.  Please see the link below to view the official order.

452118068-Governor-Andy-Beshear-s-executive-order-to-close-public-facing-businesses.pdf   Governor Beshear Salon Closure Announcement March 17, 2020

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Examinations Postponed Until Further Notice

Effective immediately,  ALL Kentucky Board of Cosmetology  licensing examinations are being postponed until further notice.  No examinations will be held at this time to limit the person to person contact during the current state declared, state-of-emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examinations will be postponed until April 16, 2020. The Board will assess the situation at that time to determine when examinations may be able to resume.

Any candidates that have a currently scheduled examination will be able to reschedule without submitting a new application and fee.  We will work with the testing locations at that time to increase testing days to offer the candidates delayed by this the ability to schedule and test as soon as possible.


Due to executive order 2020-15 issued March 6, 2020, the KBC offices will not be accepting any walk-in business in the Board office located at 111 St. James Ct, Suite A, Frankfort, KY, 40601 at the current time. 

All KBC business will be conducted by mail, electronic means (email), and telephone only until further notice.

In-person inquiries will be considered on a case-by-case basis and by appointment only.

Please visit for inquiries, updates, and staff contact information.

Renewals Ended July 31st

If your license was not renewed by this date, you will need to restore to obtain a current license.

If you are restoring a personal license only, please complete the restoration application per the application instructions. Restoration License Application

If you are restoring a personal license AND a salon license please complete both applications, then contact your local state inspector (see “About Us” tab to ”Locate Inspector”) for license processing. Salon Application

License Verification

Verify the status of a license.
License Verification




Application Processing

*** Due to the high volume of applicants, please allow a minimum of 30 days for application processing time. Receipt of applications cannot be verified by the office unless it has been more than 30 days from submission. If you require verification of receipt, please submit your application by traceable means through the postal system. ***



201 KAR 12.082 & 201 KAR 12.140 Updates

Please be advised: Regulations 201 KAR 12.082 and 201 KAR 12.140 , regarding school requirements, curriculum, and student rules updates as-of September 1, 2018. Links to the updated regulations can be found below.

201 KAR 12.082
201 KAR 12.140



201 KAR 12.100 & 201 KAR 12.230 Updates

Regulations 201 KAR 12.100 and 201 KAR 12.230, regarding sanitation standards and code of ethics updates as-of September 1, 2018. Links to the updated regulations are listed below.

201 KAR 12.100
201 KAR 12.230



201 KAR 12.030 & 201 KAR 12.260 Updates

Regulations 201 KAR 12.030 and 201 KAR 12.260 , regarding licensing, permits, examinations, and fees updates as-of September 1, 2018.  Links to the regulations are listed below.

201 KAR 12.030
201 KAR 12.260



201 KAR 12.060 & 201 KAR 12.190 Updates

Regulations 201 KAR 12.060 and 201 KAR 12.190, regarding inspections, complaint processes, and disciplinary action updates as-of September 1, 2018. Links to the updated regulations are listed below.

201 KAR 12.060
201 KAR 12.190



Amended and Active Regulations

The following list provides additional amended & active regulations as-of September 1, 2018.

201 KAR 12.010.pdf
201 KAR 12.260



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. Apprentices applying for transitioning their license after July 31, 2018 will be required to submit the restoration application, fee, and the $75.00 to transition the account from apprentice to cosmetologist.

Restoration License Application


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.