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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.


​​Please plan accordingly KBCs blackout period is expected to begin June 10th, 2023, through June 16th, 2023. Applications that are not received prior to June 5th, 2023, will be returned to sender for digital processing.  

During the transition period effective immediately all payments sent to the board office will be required to be in the form of a cashier's check or money order payable to KBC. 

2023 License renewal notice

​​To receive a license renewal reminder, it will be your responsibility to have a valid email address on file with the KBC office.

Also please note the below items:​

​All personal license renewals will require a valid email address, a current state government photo ID, and a passport style photo to be uploaded.

Any renewal submitted without correct support items will be rejected and a new license will not be issued until corrective action has occurred. 

Any corrective action that occurs after the renewal deadline of July 31 at 11:59pm will require restoration fees to be attached.

Agency staff are only available 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. After hours and weekends are not staffed. All calls and emails are returned in the order received and duplicate messages both digital and voicemail will be placed at the end of the list. Email is ​​​best if you have technical questions. The office is NOT open to the public and physical or in person documents will not be accepted.

July 1, 2023 KBC will no longer accept any physical payments. All fees and fines will need to be paid via credit or debit card through the online application system. 

Online License Restorations

​​Online License Restorations will remain open through Friday, June 9​th​ 2023. ​Restorations will be affected by the blackout period and anticipate resuming on June 16th, 2023.​

​Starting July 1st anyone holding a license expired 6/30/2018 or older will be required to take the written and practical examination to reinstate their professional license. ​

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License Verification

Verify the status of a license.
License Verification




Printing Schedule

If you have not received your license within the last 60 days please email us at with the following information: legal name, license number, last 4 SS#, and mailing address to verify your account. ​Reprint request regarding renewals will require the proper application, copy of ID and fee. SENT TO PRINTING: March 22 - MAILING DATE: March 29 SENT TO PRINTING: April 28 - MAILING DATE: May 5



2023 State Office Holiday Closure Dates

2023 State Office Holiday Closure Dates Monday, January 16 MLK, Jr. Day Friday, April 7 Good Friday- ½ Day Monday May 29 Memorial Day Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day Monday, September 4 Labor Day Friday, November 10 Veteran’s Day Thursday and Friday, November 23-24 Thanksgiving Monday and Tuesday, December 25-26 Christmas Friday December 29 New Year’s **Inclement weather may cause unforeseen closures based on Governor’s Office notice**



Name change requirements

​Name changes require a copy of your new state government​ photo ID, copy of Marriage Certificate/Divorce Decree and a Duplicate application to mailed to the state board office prior to renewals.

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.
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  • 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.​