DC Board of Barber and Cosmetology Licensing information
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The DC Board of Barber and Cosmetology (Board) regulates the practice of barbers, body artists, and cosmetologists, including specialty cosmetology practices such as braiding, electrolysis, esthetics, manicuring and others as the Mayor may from time to time establish by rule, instructors and managers of these practices, and owners of such facilities. The Board works diligently to raise the standards of practice, ensure quality service, establish accepted codes of ethical behavior, and protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and visitors of the District of Columbia by upholding the city’s Barber and Cosmetology license law PDF, which took effect on May 2001.
The Board of Barber and Cosmetology consists of 14 members, appointed by the Mayor. Three (3) shall be barbers, three (3) shall be cosmetologists, three (3) shall be specialty cosmetologists, three (3) shall be body artists, and two (2) shall be consumer members. Eight (8) members constitute a quorum.
The Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the DCRA headquarters, located at 1100 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The Board can be reached by phone: (202) 442-4320 or fax: (202) 698-4329.
Current Board Members
- Anwar S. Saleem, PhD – Chair, Cosmetologist
- Raymond L. Kibler – Barber
- Jared Scott – Barber
- Mark C. Wills – Barber
- Isaac Colon – Body Artist
- Eric Doyle – Body Artist
- Richard A. DeCarlo, PhD – Cosmetologist
- Vonetta Dumas – Cosmetologist Specialty, Braider
- Sharon A. Young – Cosmetologist Specialty, Manicurist
- Antonia Browning Smiley, Consumer Member
- 1 Body Artist – Vacant
- 1 Cosmetologist – Vacant
- 1 Cosmetologist Specialty, Esthetics/Electrologist – Vacant
- 1 Consumer Member – Vacant
2017 Meeting Dates:
(Tuesday - 9:00 am)
|February 6||March 6|
|April 3||May 9||June 5|
|July 10||August - Recess||September - Recess|
(Tuesday - 9:00am)
|November 6||December 4|
Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.
License Search / News / Publications and Forms
Exciting news! On October 1, 2017, the Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration (OPLA) will launch a brand new licensing system, which will fully digitize and automate the licensing process for all applications and processes.
Due to this system upgrade, current application and licensing services will be unavailable between September 16, 2017 and September 30, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding while we work behind the scenes to deliver an enhanced customer service experience.
All paper applications received after Friday, September 15, 2017 WILL NOT be processed and will be returned to the address on the application.
After October 1, 2017, all licensing services and requests must be submitted online at www.dcopla.org/bbc. Paper service requests will no longer be accepted. Beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017, you may call a customer service representative at 866-270-9817 with application questions or for further submission instructions.
Publications and Forms
These links take you to resource information and forms that are required to obtain your license from the District of Columbia.
- Barber and Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program Sponsors Listing PDF
- Barber and Cosmetology Examination Information
- Barber and Cosmetology Licensure Act PDF
- Continuing Education Requirements PDF
- Final Rulemaking: Continuing Education PDF
- Regulatory Complaint Intake Form PDF
- Two-Tier Esthetician Rulemaking PDF
Exam Scheduling Forms
Formal Education Certificate
Shop Designated Manager Change Form
Supplemental Information Form
Licensing / Resources
Online licensing services are a quick, convenient, and environmentally responsible way to manage your licensing needs.
New License Instructions
- Barber PDF
- Barber — Spanish PDF
- Cosmetology PDF
- Cosmetology — Spanish PDF
- Cosmetology — Vietnamese PDF
- Body Artist PDF
New License Application
Verification of Licensure
The Board is committed to professional development and consumer protection. The following links provide a wealth of additional information.