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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.
Please be advised master cosmetologist licenses lapse on March 31, 2014. You may renew online by visiting https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense in order to expedite the process. Please be advised all licensees are required by O.C.G.A.§50-36-1 to submit an Affidavit of Citizenship Form which can be downloaded by clicking Application/Form download on the right side of this page. 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 mail 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 https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense.