How To Apply

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 20 business days of receipt, excluding weekends and holidays. Applications are individually evaluated by the Board in order of date received, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances and volume. 
    • If you receive a deficiency letter, your 20 day count restarts when the Board receives your correct and complete documentation.
    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees. 
    • Completed applications will be initially reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete and received at least 15 days prior to a Board Meeting to be added to that meeting’s agenda. Otherwise, the application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
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  • Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
    • Be sure the email address you include for yourself on your application is correct and current. Email is the primary means of communication used by the Board.  
    • Additionally, it is important for applicants/licensees to update their email address with the Board just as they would update their physical and mailing addresses.
  • Wait For It
    • You may not legally perform services until you hold an active license. 
    • Staff will communicate with you regarding the status of your application.


Application for Apprentice License (Cosmetology, Esthetician, Nail Technician, Hair Designer, Master Barber, and Barber II)


Apprentice Renewal (only for those who were issued a two year license which would have been prior to July 1, 2015)


Change of Supervisor and/or Change of Salon 


Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

  • Online processing fee: $5.00
  • Mail-In processing fee: $10.00

Apprentice Licensure

Checklists for Barber and Cosmetology Apprenticeships

Change of Master Or Salon / Shop

Any time you change Master or salon/shop or complete your program, submit this information to the Board office.

Apprentice License Renewal

There are no renewals of the 4-year apprentice license, only a current 2-year apprentice license may be renewed.

How to File

To file by mail:

Please contact us to request a mail-in application.

Contact Georgia Board of Cosmetology and Barbers