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Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers
Beginning July 1, 2015 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.
****LATE RENEWAL PERIOD****
Please be advised Barbers (Instructors, Schools, and Shops), and Cosmetology (Instructors, Schools, and Shops with the exception of Hair Design Instructors and Schools) licenses expired 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 https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense 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 https://plbprint.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense/. Licensees wishing to obtain blue wall licenses and pocket cards may order them via our 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. 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).