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MASTER COSMETOLOGISTS NOT RENEWED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 ARE LAPSED.
The lapsed-late renewal period ended September 30, 2016. Licenses not renewed by September 30, 2016 must apply for Reinstatement. The Application for Reinstatement may be found at the Applications/Downloads link on the top right of this page.
HAIR DESIGNERS ARE IN LAPSED-LATE RENEWAL AND MUST RENEW BY MARCH 31, 2017.
The lapsed-late renewal period is from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Licenses not renewed by March 31, 2017 will Lapse.
MASTER BARBERS MUST RENEW BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2016.
Master Barber licenses must renew before December 31, 2016. The Lapsed-late Renewal Period is from January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Licenses not renewed by June 30, 2017 will Lapse. Continuing Education is not required for 2017 but WILL be required with the next renewals beginning in 2018-2019. Please see CE Requirements below for additional information.
REQUIRED FOR ALL RENEWALS
Renewals are not complete until all documents have been received and processed. For information about Continuing Education requirements, please see the section below. 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. Licenses that are not renewed must apply for a reinstatement by submitting a Reinstatement Application and fee.
Effective July 1, 2012 the Professional Licensing Boards Division no longer prints and/or mails courtesy hard copies of pocket cards or wall certificates. Licensees may download free of charge an electronic version of the professional license at https://plbprint.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense/. Licensees wishing to obtain blue wall licenses and pocket cards may order them for $25.00 via the license renewal website at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense. Sign in using your User ID and password, then select "Order Pocket Card" from the left side menu.
HOW MANY CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS ARE REQUIRED?
In order to renew a license, each licensee must provide to the Board proof of completion a total of five (5) continuing education (CE) hours in a form acceptable to the Board as follows:
HOW DO I OBTAIN CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) HOURS?
Three (3) hours of the total five (5) hours must be satisfied by a course in health and safety developed or approved by the Board. A health and safety course or program that meets or exceeds the three (3) hours that has been developed and offered through a college, university department, or division of continuing education of the Department of Education, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Board of Regents, or The American Red Cross may be accepted by the Board without prior approval; and
Two (2) hours of the total five (5) hours must be in a course previously registered with the Board in any of the following areas:
(i) industry or trade show;
(ii) health and safety;
(iii) industry trends;
(iv) computer skills;
(v) business management;
(vi) the area of practice for the type of license held by the licensee.
If audited, the licensee shall submit written proof from the CE provider of attendance and/or completion of each CE course submitted for credit.
Your continuing education provider must be registered with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers in order for you to receive continuing education credit. A list of approved continuing education providers may be found on the Board's website under the tab titled Education & Exams.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR A WAIVER OF THE CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) REQUIREMENTS?
Effective July 1, 2015 with the passage of HB 314 the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers shall regulate barbering and the practice of cosmetologist 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. The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers shall consist of nine members who are appointed by the Governor. Two members must have had at least five years of practical experiences as a cosmetologist at the have had at least five years of practical experience as a cosmetologist at the master level, a portion of which must have been as a beauty shop or beauty salon owner or manager. One member of the board must have had at least five years of practical experience as a cosmetologist at the esthetician level. One member of the board must have had at least five years of practical experience as a nail technician. Two members of the board must have had at least five years of practical experience as a master barber. One member must be an instructor at a school of barbering. One member must be an instructor at school of cosmetology. One member shall not have any connection with barbering or the practice of a cosmetologist or any business related thereto whatsoever but shall have a recognized interest in consumer affairs and in consumer protection concerns.
Cosmetic Laser Services are regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB).
You may review rules, Frequently Asked Questions, and application information for pulse light, laser, and other services at the GCMB website:
Originally enacted in 2007 as House Bill 528, the Cosmetic Laser Services Act O.C.G.A. § 43‐34‐244 became effective February 26, 2014 when Governor Nathan Deal signed the House Bill 743, the General Appropriations Act, which authorized the Board to begin licensing cosmetic laser practitioners. There are two levels of licensure for this profession: assistant laser practitioner and senior laser practitioner. The Cosmetic Laser Services Act specifies the qualifications for each of these levels. The "grandfather period" for Assistant Laser Practitioner applications has ended.
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 by Georgia law O.C.G.A. § 31-12-12.