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Georgia Board of Cosmetology

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology consists of nine members appointed by the Governor. At least five members must have at least five years of practical experience in the practice of cosmetology at the master level, a portion of which must have been as a beauty salon owner or manager. One member of the Board must have at least five years of practical experience at the nail technician level and one must have at least five years of practical experience at the esthetician level. There are also two consumer members who are not licensed as cosmetologists, nail technicians or estheticians. The Board is responsible for reviewing applications, administering examinations, licensing qualified applicants and regulating the professional practice of licensees throughout the state. Applicants for licensure must meet the required educational and training requirements before they are allowed to sit for the practical and written examination. In addition, salons are inspected and complaints are investigated to determine whether or not disciplinary action by the Board is warranted.

Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Office of Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division office located at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia. Meeting dates, time and location are posted on this website. Persons wishing to submit complaints or other matters for Board consideration should submit the matter in writing to the office.

*Effective July 1, 2015 Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers* 

Effective July 1, 2015 the Georgia State Board of Barbers and the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology will combine to create a new board called the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers. The Board will consist of nine (9) members who shall be residents of this state.  Board members shall be appointed by the Governor for a term of three years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The board shall have the duty of carrying out and enforcing the board law.   

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers shall regulate barbering and the practice of cosmetologists in this state.  The board shall operate under the rules and regulations of the Georgia State Board of Barbers and Georgia State Board of Cosmetology as they existed on June 30, 2015, until the board shall promulgate one set of rules and regulations governing both barbering and the practice of cosmetologists; such rules and regulations shall be adopted on or before July 1, 2016.  

***Amendments to O.C.G.A. § 43-10-15(b) relating to fines.***

On April 21, 2014, the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology adopted revisions to Rule  130-7-.04 titled “ Fining Schedule”.  Thereafter, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 336 which amended O.C.G.A. § 43-10-15(b) relating to fines and that amendment became effective on April 30, 2014. The new amendment to O.C.G.A. § 43-10-15(b) supersedes Board Rule 130-7-.04 titled “Fining Schedule”.


Please be advised Cosmetology (Instructors, Schools, and Shops with the exception of Hair Design Instructors and Schools) licenses lapse on June 30, 2015.  Any license that is not renewed by June 30, 2015 will be placed in a lapsed-late renewal status. The lapsed-late renewal period is from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Licenses not renewed by December 31, 2015 will lapse and you will be required to complete a reinstatement application and fee in order to be reinstated. 

You may renew online by visiting in order to expedite the process. Renewals are not complete until all documents have been received and processed. You should check the Board's website to see if your renewal has been approved. A new expiration date indicates that your renewal has been approved. Effective July 1, 2012 the Professional Licensing Boards Division no longer prints and/or mails courtesy hard copies of blue wall licenses and pocket cards to licensees free of charge. The Division will provide free of charge an electronic version of the professional license for individuals and businesses to obtain from our website.  To access the electronic version of the professional license, a licensee may access his online license record at wishing to obtain blue wall licenses and pocket cards may order them via our license renewal website at  Sign in using your User ID and password, then select "Order Pocket Card" from the left side menu.  A $25.00 charge will apply for all blue wall license/pocket card orders. 

***Regulation of Cosmetic Laser Services***

Cosmetic Laser Services to be regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB). You may view the announcement by clicking on: GCMB_to_Regulate_Cosmetic_Laser_Services1.pdf.  The announcement includes information regarding the regulation of services and the deadline of December 1, 2014 to submit applications for licensure under the grandfather provision of the Cosmetic Laser Services Act.  The announcement also includes a call for candidates for the Cosmetic Laser Services Advisory Committee. 

***Selling of Non-Prescription Contact Lenses***

Selling of non-prescription colored contact lenses by an individual or business that is not a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or dispensing optician is illegal in the State of Georgia. Engaging in contact lens sales is a felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine (O.C.G.A. § 31-12-12).


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