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    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees.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.
  • Check Application Status >>
  • 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.

Veterans Preference

Veterans, military service members, transitioning service members and military spouses of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, may be eligible for exam point credits and/or expedited application processes. Navigate to GOALS to register and login to the license portal >>

  • If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference Points, you must enclose a copy of your DD-214 form, showing that you served during a period of conflict or war for a minimum of 90 days. Contact the VA to request make a DD-214 Request >>


Application for Licensure By Exam


Renewal Fee – March 31, even years


Late Renewal Fee – (within 30 days)




Application for Reinstatement


Instructor Application Fee


Instructor Renewal – June 30, odd years


Instructor Late Renewal (within 30 days)


Instructor Endorsement


Instructor Application for Reinstatement


Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

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

Master Cosmetologist Application

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements including passing your exam, apply for licensure by examination.

Cosmetology Instructor Application

This application is for licensed Cosmetologist to apply for an Instructor license.


If you are seeking licensure in Georgia by endorsement or wanting to ‘transfer’ your current license from another state, fill out this application.


This application is for licensees whose license has lapsed or has been previously revoked.


If you currently hold this license and need to renew in order to keep your license up to date, apply for renewal before March 31 of the year it expires to avoid late fees. (Instructors must apply for renewal before June 30 of the year it expires.)

How to Apply

To apply online:

Once your checklist is completed, Navigate to GOALS to register and login to the license portal >>

To apply by mail:

Please contact us to request a mail-in application.


Contact Georgia Board of Cosmetology and Barbers