Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

The Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of the Barbering and Cosmetology professions of Montana.

Attention Licensees! – The renewal period is open for Individual and School licenses.

Please click on “Renew License” in the Quick Links.

You must renew by March 1, 2017 in order to avoid the late fee, which is 100% of the renewal fee.  Please allow yourself ample time to renew to avoid any difficulties with the online renewal.  Use the log-in information you used last renewal or the information you used to apply online.  You will need your username and password.  If you are having difficulty logging in to your online account, please access the help links found on the renewal website for assistance or email dlibsd@help.mt.gov.  If you need a paper renewal form, please download one from the website.  Paper renewals must be postmarked by midnight on the final day of the renewal period to avoid the late fee.

Attention Licensees – New Law in Effect July 1, 2015

The new law allows the board and department to suspend licenses of persons who

  • submit fines or fees without sufficient funds in their account,
  • fail to meet continuing education or certification requirements as discovered in an audit,
  • fail to comply with a final order of the board, or
  • fail to respond to correspondence concerning these matters.

You are cautioned to notify the board office of your current contact information or risk having correspondence not delivered to you and your license administratively suspended without further notice or hearing. More information may be found on the FAQ tab.

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN LAW:

SENATE BILL 343
Effective October 1, 2013

Senate Bill 343 can be found at
http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/law0203w$.startup?P_SESS=20131

Senate Bill 343 allows instructor applicants to avoid taking the 650 teacher training course so long as the applicant has at least 3 years of experience in the particular area of practice, but the applicant has 2 years to complete board-approved coursework related to teaching methodology before a license to teach is renewed.

On July 15, 2013, the Board approved a rule draft that proposes a definition of “board-approved coursework.”  The current draft of the Board’s proposed rule amendment reads as follows:

ARM 24.121.1105 TEACHER‐TRAINING CURRICULUM AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY

(1) Remains the same.

(2)The Teaching Methodology Coursework shall consist of 135 hours and includes the following:

(a) Teaching methods 6 credits or 90 hours
(i) task analysis,
(ii) developing instructional objectives,
(iii) visual aids and their construction,
(iv) motivational tools,
(v) preparation of instructive materials,
(vi) lesson planning,
(vii) fundamentals of speech and public speaking,
(viii) methods of test construction,
(ix) methods of evaluation or grading, and
(x) curriculum planning and development;

(b) Educational psychology 3 credits or 45 hours.

(c) Coursework may be completed through:
(i) the classes acceptable to the Board of Regents approved through the University System,
(ii) self‐study to be observed and documented by the administrator of the school employing the instructor, or
(iii) Class studies pre‐approved by the Board.

(d) Prior to renewal of the instructor license, documentation of completed coursework must be submitted to the Board for Board approval.

(3) Coursework completed prior to instructor licensure may be used to satisfy requirements of this section.

Please be aware that all proposed rules are subject to change until they are finally adopted by the board in a public meeting after a public hearing. If you would like to be on the boards interested party list to automatically receive board meeting agendas and rule notices please e-mail dlibsdcos@mt.gov

FOR INFORMATION ON TATTOOING, BODY PIERCING AND EAR PIERCING WHICH IS NOT REGULATED BY THIS BOARD PLEASE GO TO www.fcss.mt.gov AND CLICK ON Tattooing, Cosmetic Tattooing, Body Piercing, Ear Piercing

Contact Information

Board Management:
Sharon Peterson, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2375
Email:

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2357
Email:

For information on Continuing Education Audits for Instructors contact:
Audit/CE Unit
Phone: (406) 841-2204
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, name changes and other licensing information other than applications contact:
License Unit A
Phone: (406) 444-6880
(406) 841-2205
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Application Unit B
Phone: (406) 841-2202
Email:

Board Meetings

Board meetings are usually held 4 times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 5 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdcos@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

Wendell Petersen (President), Licensed Cosmetologist & Barber
Thayne Orton (Vice President), Licensed Barber
Sherry Dembowski-Wieckowski (Secretary- Treasurer), Licensed Barber
Juanita Mace, Licensed Cosmetologist & Barber
Katie Fontana, Public Member
Angela Printz, Licensed Cosmetologist
Darlene Battaiola, Licensed Cosmetologist
Glenna Lee, Licensed Manicurist
Naomi Burback, Public Member

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Renewal Process

Can Renew Online: Active Barbers, Cosmetologists, Electrologists, Manicurists, Estheticians, Barbershops, Booth Renters, and Salons.

Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th

Annual Renewal for Barbershops, Booths and Salons
Regular renewal dates: (Booths/Salons): May 1 - July 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until Aug. 14

Barber

To apply for the Barber License using the online application please click here.

A. Application Fee:
Application Fee: $80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Barber Licensure by Examination:

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by examination must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by examination, the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of graduation from an approved school or course of barbering with at least 1,500 hours of training or, if a Montana-licensed cosmetologist, completion of a supplemental barbering course;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.

* Applicants by examination who have never been licensed and who completed their professional education out of state must meet the same requirements as an applicant from Montana.

C. Barber Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of-State License

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by credentialing must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by credentialing the applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • proof of age;
  • proof of current unencumbered barber license in another state;
  • license verification from each state or jurisdiction the applicant has been licensed in, whether the license is current or not; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. If you have taken and passed the NIC exam in your state, you must submit proof of passage with your application. Otherwise, you will be required to take both the written and practical NIC examinations. Individual state board examinations are not acceptable. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.
  • the applicant must possess a license type in good standing that includes scope of training and practice in haircutting with proper uses of tools (e.g., shears, razor, clippers, and thinning shears); shampooing and scalp treatments; hairstyling, including weaves, braiding, and extensions; wet setting, blow drying, curling, and flat ironing; and the arranging of dry hair; hair coloring, hair lightening, waving, and relaxing; facial shaving with straight razor; and skin care; and
  • either have completed a course of training of at least 1,100 hours in a school or attest to 1,250 hours of work experience as a licensed barber.

D. Renewal Period: Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th  

E. Renewal Fee:
$80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

F. Other Special License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years or older and provide proof, such as a birth certificate or driver's license.

Barber - Nonchemical

To apply for the Barber - Nonchemical License using the online application please click here.

A. Application Fee:
Application Fee: $80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

 

B. Barber Nonchemical Licensure by Examination:


Application Form

Applicants for licensure by examination must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by examination, the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of graduation from an approved school or course of barbering with at least 1000 hours of training;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.

* Applicants by examination who have never been licensed and who completed their professional education out of state must meet the same requirements as an applicant from Montana.

C. Barber Nonchemical Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of State License

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by credentialing must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by credentialing the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of current unencumbered barber license in another state;
  • license verification from each state or jurisdiction the applicant has been licensed in, whether the license is current or not; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. If you have taken and passed the NIC exam in your state, you must submit proof of passage with your application. Otherwise, you will be required to take both the written and practical NIC examinations. Individual state board examinations are not acceptable. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.

D. Renewal Period: Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th 

E. Renewal Fee:
$80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

F. Other Special License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years or older and provide proof, such as a birth certificate or driver's license.

Instructors

To apply for the Instructor License using the online application please click here.

A. Application Fee:
Active License $95 Inactive License $85 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Instructor Application Requirements

Application Form

(1) In addition to a complete application, an applicant for an instructor license shall submit the following documentation:

(a) proof of high school diploma or its equivalent as provided in ARM 24.121.610;
(b) proof of passage of the NIC instructor exam at 75% proficiency or higher; and
(c) either:
(i) an attestation of having been employed and working for at least 1500 hours, in the particular area of practice that they will teach, during any one-year period prior to applying and a diploma evidencing completion of the 650-hour student teacher-training course required by 37-31-305, MCA; or
(ii) an attestation of having been employed and working for at least 1500 hours per year, in the particular area of practice that they will teach, for any three years prior to applying (a total of at least 4500 hours). An applicant granted a license based on this subsection may not renew the license for any period beyond two years after initial licensure, nor be granted a second license under this subsection, unless the applicant completes the board-approved coursework related to teaching methodology set forth in ARM 24.121.1105.

(1) The teacher-training course shall consist of 650 hours and include the following:

(a) teaching methods - 245 hours including:
(i) task analysis;
(ii) developing instructional objectives;
(iii) visual aids and their construction;
(iv) motivational tools;
(v) preparation of instructive materials;
(vi) lesson planning including:
(A) practical theory classes; and
(B) practical demonstration classes.
(vii) fundamentals of speech and public speaking;
(viii) methods of test construction;
(ix) methods of evaluation or grading; and
(x) curriculum planning and development.

(b) general psychology - 75 hours including:
(i) general principles in relation to teaching and counseling;
(ii) conflict resolution;
(iii) student counseling;
(iv) student and teacher relationships; and
(v) public relations.

(c) business methods - 115 hours including:
(i) recruitment;
(ii) job analysis;
(iii) student registration, withdrawal, and hours (tracking, completing, calculating, and verifying);
(iv) ethical employee and employer relationship;
(v) salon/booth rental relationship;
(vi) professional ethics; and
(vii) current state board laws and rules.

(d) advanced theory of cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, barbering, or electrology, and the chemistry, safety, sanitation, bacteriology, physiology, anatomy, and diseases and disorders that apply to each course - 75 hours; and
(e) 140 hours of instruction shall be at the discretion of the school.

(2) The board-approved coursework related to teaching methodology shall consist of 135 hours and include the following:

(a) teaching methods 6 credits or 90 hours:
(i) task analysis;
(ii) developing instructional objectives;
(iii) visual aids and their construction;
(iv) motivational tools;
(v) preparation of instructive materials;
(vi) lesson planning;
(vii) fundamentals of speech and public speaking;
(viii) methods of test construction;
(ix) methods of evaluation or grading; and
(x) curriculum planning and development.

(b) educational psychology three credits or 45 hours;

(c) coursework may be completed through:
(i) classes acceptable to a state's board of regents or equivalent authority and approved through that state's university system;
(ii) self‐study to be observed and documented by the administrator of the school employing the instructor; or
(iii) class studies pre‐approved by the board.

(d) prior to renewal of the instructor license, documentation of completed coursework must be submitted to the board for board approval.

(3) Coursework completed prior to instructor licensure may be used to satisfy the requirements of this subsection.

D. Examination Information:
Pass the Montana Board approved Instructor exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Instructor applicants applying for a license under 37-31-305(2)(d)(ii), MCA, are required to submit an application and provide an affidavit of three years of experience in a particular area of practice to the board office in order to receive a testing eligibility letter. Montana-enrolled students or graduates of a Montana-licensed school under this chapter will receive their testing eligibility letter from the school. Once the applicant has taken and passed the examination the applicant shall notify the board office. The board office will verify the examination scores directly with the vendor.

E. Renewal Period:Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th 

F. Renewal Fee:
Active License - $95 Inactive License - $85 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

G. Continuing Education Requirements:
30 hours per renewal period to maintain active status licensure.

H. Other Special Licensing Requirements:
Applicants must have a current Montana license in good standing, issued by the Department, in the field in which they intend to teach. Must have been actively and continuously engaged in the licensed practice in the particular area of practice which the person intends to teach for at least 1 year  prior to taking the examination.

Applicants must submit to the Board office documented proof, such as employer/contractor affidavits and proof of income, i.e., W-2 or 1099 forms, verifying one year of continuous full-time practice immediately prior to taking the teacher examination.

Booth Rental-All

To apply for the Booth Rental License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general booth rental licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee:
$75 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Renewal Period: Can Renew Online- Annual Renewal for Barbershops, Booths and Salons-Regular renewal dates: (Booths/Salons): May 1 - July 1 

Late Renew Online for 45 days until Aug. 14
Annually – July 1

C. Renewal Fee:
$75 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

D. Other Special License Requirements:
Must hold a current Montana Barber, Cosmetologist, Electrologist, Esthetician or Manicurist license that is in good standing. Must abide by the requirements of 39-51-204, MCA.

Cosmetologist

To apply for the Cosmetologist License using the online application please click here.

A. Cosmetology Licensure by Examination

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by examination must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by examination, the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of graduation from an approved school or course of cosmetology with at least 2,000 hours of training;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.

* Applicants by examination who have never been licensed and who completed their professional education out of state must meet the same requirements as an applicant from Montana.

B. Cosmetology Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of-State License

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by credentialing must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by credentialing the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of current unencumbered cosmetology license in another state;
  • license verification from each state or jurisdiction the applicant has been licensed in, whether the license is current or not; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) cosmetology exam at 75% proficiency or higher. If you have taken and passed the NIC exam in your state, you must submit proof of passage with your application. Otherwise, you will be required to take both the written and practical NIC examinations. Individual state board examinations are not acceptable. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.
  • the applicant must possess either:
    (a) a license type in good standing that includes scope of training and practice in manicuring and pedicuring, including massage and polishing, nail art, and use of an electric nail file; application and removal of artificial nails, gels, tips, and wraps; skin care, skin exfoliation, facials, makeup application, epilation, electricity and light therapies, and application of artificial lashes; hair coloring, hair lightening, waving, and relaxing; shampoo and scalp treatments; hairstyling, including weaves, braiding, and extensions; wet setting, blow drying, curling and flat ironing, and the arranging of dry hair; and haircutting with proper uses of tools (e.g., shears, razor, clippers, and thinning shears); and
    (b) either have completed a course of training of at least 1,500 hours in a school or attest to 1,500 hours of work experience as a licensed cosmetologist; or
    (a) a combination of licensure in good standing that includes scopes of training and practice equal to:
    I. hair coloring, hair lightening, waving, and relaxing; shampoo and scalp treatments; hairstyling, including weaves, braiding, and extensions; wet setting, blow drying, curling and flat ironing, and the arranging of dry hair and have completed a course of training equal to or exceeding 900 hours in a school;
    II. manicuring; pedicuring; and applying and removing artificial nails, gels, tips, and wraps and use of an electric nail file and have completed a course of training equal to or exceeding 200 hours in a school; and
    III. skin care; skin exfoliation, facials, and makeup application; epilation; electricity and light therapies; and application of artificial lashes and have completed a course of training equal to or exceeding 400 hours in a school.

C. Renewal Period:Can Renew Online- Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th 

D. Renewal Fee:
$80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

E. Other Special License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years or older and provide proof, such as a birth certificate or driver's license

Electrologist

To apply for the Electrologist License using the online application please click here.

A. Application Fee:
License Fee: $80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Electrology Licensure by Examination

Application Form


Applicants for licensure by examination must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by examination, the applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • proof of age;
  • proof of graduation from an approved school or course of electrology with at least 600 hours of training;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board

* Applicants by examination who have never been licensed and who completed their professional education out of state must meet the same requirements as an applicant from Montana.

C. Electrology Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of-State License
Application Form

Applicants for licensure by credentialing must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by credentialing the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of current unencumbered electrology license in another state;
  • license verification from each state or jurisdiction the applicant has been licensed in, whether the license is current or not; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) electrology exam at 75% proficiency or higher. If you have taken and passed the NIC exam in your state, you must submit proof of passage with your application. Otherwise, you will be required to take both the written and practical NIC examinations. Individual state board examinations are not acceptable. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.
  • the applicant must possess a license type in good standing that includes the scope of training and practice in electrolysis; thermolysis; the blend; electricity, chemistry, and light therapy; and epilation and either have completed at least 450 hours of electrology training in a school or attest to at least 750 hours of work experience as a licensed electrologist.

D. Renewal Period:Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th 

E. Renewal Fee:
$80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

F. Other Special License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years or older and provide proof, such as a birth certificate or driver's license.

Esthetician

To apply for the Esthetician License using the online application please click here.

A. Application Fee:
License Fee: $80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Esthetician Licensure by Examination

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by examination must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by examination, the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of graduation from an approved school or course of esthetics with at least 650 hours of training;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.

C. Esthetician Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of-State License

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by credentialing must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by credentialing the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of current unencumbered esthetician license in another state;
  • license verification from each state or jurisdiction the applicant has been licensed in, whether the license is current or not; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) esthetician exam at 75% proficiency or higher. If you have taken and passed the NIC exam in your state, you must submit proof of passage with your application. Otherwise, you will be required to take both the written and practical NIC examinations. Individual state board examinations are not acceptable. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.
  • the applicant must possess a license type in good standing that includes the scope of training and practice in skin care; skin exfoliation, facials, and makeup application; epilation; electricity and light therapies; and application of artificial lashes and either have completed at least 400 hours of esthetician training in a school or attest to at least 750 hours of work experience as a licensed esthetician.

D. Renewal Period:Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th 

E. Renewal Fee:
$80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

F. Other Special License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years or older and provide proof, such as a birth certificate or driver's license.

Manicurist

To apply for the Manicurist License using the online application please click here.

A. Application Fee:
License Fee: $80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Manicurist Licensure by Examination

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by examination must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by examination, the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of graduation from an approved school or course of manicuring with at least 400 hours of training;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) barber exam at 75% proficiency or higher. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.

* Applicants by examination who have never been licensed and who completed their professional education out of state must meet the same requirements as an applicant from Montana.

C. Manicurist Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of-State License

Application Form

Applicants for licensure by credentialing must submit a completed application electronically or by paper, including appropriate fees and required documentation. To qualify for licensure by credentialing the applicant must submit the following documentation:

 

  • proof of age;
  • proof of current unencumbered manicurist license in another state;
  • license verification from each state or jurisdiction the applicant has been licensed in, whether the license is current or not; and
  • proof of passage of both the written and practical NIC (National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology) manicurist exam at 75% proficiency or higher. If you have taken and passed the NIC exam in your state, you must submit proof of passage with your application. Otherwise, you will be required to take both the written and practical NIC examinations. Individual state board examinations are not acceptable. Please do not schedule your examinations without first obtaining prior approval from the Board.
  • the applicant must possess a license type in good standing that includes the scope of training and practice in manicuring; pedicuring; and applying and removing artificial nails, gels, tips, and wraps and use of an electric nail file and either have completed at least 200 hours of manicuring training in a school or attest to at least 750 hours of work experience as a licensed manicurist.

D. Renewal Period: Biennial Renewal for Individual Licenses 
Regular renewal dates: (Individuals): Jan 2nd - March 1st
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15th 

E. Renewal Fee:
$80 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

F. Other Special License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years or older and provide proof, such as a birth certificate or driver's license.

Salon / Shop

To apply for the Salon / Shop License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general salon / shop licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

 

A. Application Fee: (Both Fees Required; All Fees are Non-Refundable)
License $85 Inspection Fee $150

B. Renewal Period:Can Renew Online- Annual Renewal for Barbershops, Booths and Salons-Regular renewal dates: (Booths/Salons): May 1 - July 1 

C. Renewal Fee:
$85 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

D. Relocation Fee: (Both Fees Required; All Fees are Non-Refundable)
Any transfer of ownership or relocation of Salon/Shop requires the submittal of an application and associated fees.
License $85 Inspection Fee $150

School or Course

To apply for the School or Course License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general school/course licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

 

A. Application Fee:
Initial School License $220, Inspection fee $200 (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

B. Renewal Period:
Annually – March 1st

C. Renewal Fee:
$220 and proof of continuous annual renewal of the bond or other security in the form of a certificate of insurance. (All Fees are Non-Refundable)

D. Other Special License Requirements:
School applicants shall present a bond or other security in the amount of $5,000 per course to be used only to provide a refund of prepaid tuition to enrolled students in the event the school ceases to operate or otherwise is unable to complete the course of instruction.  Schools shall not allow the bond or other security to be cancelled or expire as long as the school is licensed.

Schools shall provide true and accurate copies of all current school policies, procedures, rules, student contracts, tuition costs and required deposits, including but not limited to those policies, procedures and rules addressing:  students; school operating standards; disciplinary procedures; permissible attire; ethics/ conduct; leaves of absence; attendance; holidays and school closures; hours of operation; refunds; withdrawals; grounds for termination; grading standards; final practical examination and passing score; requirements for satisfactory progress; release of information; and instructional demonstrations.

E. Additional Course: $70.00

Regulations

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to barbers and cosmetology are written and adopted by the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-13

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.406 nonroutine applications, 24.121.407 premises and general requirements, 24.121.601, 24.121.603, 24.121.605, and 24.121.607 pertaining to licensing, 24.121.602 military training or experience, 24.121.801, 24.121.803, 24.121.805, 24.121.807, and 24.121.808 pertaining to school operations, 24.121.1301 salons/booth rental, 24.121.1514 disinfecting agents, 24.121.1517 salon preparation storage and handling, and 24.121.1522 blood spills

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-12

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.403 general requirements, 24.121.601 licensure by examination, 24.121.603 out-of-state applicants, 24.121.605 postsecondary school licensure, 24.121.611 examination requirements and process, 24.121.803 school requirements, 24.121.805 school operating standards, 24.121.807 school curricula, 24.121.809 student withdrawal, transfer, or graduating, 24.121.1103 instructor requirements, 24.121.1105 teacher-training curriculum, 24.121.1301 salons/booth rental, 24.121.1509 implements, instruments, supplies, and equipment, 24.121.1517 salon preparation storage and handling, 24.121.2101 continuing education, 24.121.2301 unprofessional conduct, and the adoption of NEW RULES I nonroutine application, II granting exception, III licensure equivalency, IV credited hours for Montana-licensed individuals, V inactive instructor license, and VI licensee and applicant contact information

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-11

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.605 application for postsecondary school licensure and 24.121.807 school curricula, and the adoption of NEW RULE I postsecondary education status and NEW RULE II military training or experience.

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-10

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.403 general requirements, 24.121.601, 24.121.603, 24.121.605, 24.121.607, and 24.121.611 licensing, 24.121.803, 24.121.805, and 24.121.807 school requirements, 24.121.1103 and 24.121.1105 teacher-training, 24.121.1517 salon preparation storage and handling, 24.121.2101 continuing education, and 24.121.2301 unprofessional conduct

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted December 5, 2011

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted March 16, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-9

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413 renewal dates and requirements and 24.121.401 fees

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted May 19, 2011

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted August 23, 2011

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-8

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.1509 implements and equipment, 24.121.2101 continuing education, and 24.121.2301 unprofessional conduct

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted April 9, 2010

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted October 8, 2010

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-6

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.603 out-of-state applicants, 24.121.801 inspections, 24.121.803 school requirements, 24.121.805 school standards, 24.121.807 curricula, 24.121.1509 implements and equipment, 24.121.1511 sanitizing equipment, 24.121.1517 salon preparation, and 24.121.2301 unprofessional conduct

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted February 5, 2010

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted June 4, 2010

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-7

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.401 fees

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted December 3, 2009

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted April 9, 2010

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-14

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.406 nonroutine applications, 24.121.601 licensure by examination, 24.121.603 licensure by credentialing with an out-of-state license, 24.121.604 licensure equivalency for professional education, 24.121.605 application for postsecondary school licensure, 24.121.801 inspection - school layout, 24.121.807 school curricula, 24.121.1105 teacher-training curriculum and teaching methodology coursework, 24.121.1301 salons/booth rental, and 24.121.1509 implements, instruments, supplies, and equipment, and the repeal of 24.121.404 anonymous complaints

Statutes

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists....

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board here.


Disciplinary Sanction Matrix


Complaint Contact

Alicia Driscoll , Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2357
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov



How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

FAQ

To endorse into Montana from another state, you will need to submit our application along with the required documents and fees to: Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620. The application can be found on our website at, www.cosmetology.mt.gov. You will also need to contact the Board office of the states where you are currently licensed or have ever held a license and have them send us a "Verification of License History". Once we receive all documents and fees, we will process your application. If you have taken both written and practical parts of the board approved national exam and had a pass rate of 75% on each, we will issue a license immediately. If you took state exams, or the pass rate for the state in which you took the national exam is below 75%, we will require you to pass a National exam prior to licensing and will send you an admissions letter for the exam.

Please submit a request in writing.  Include your first and last name, address, city, state, license number, and $5.00 to:  Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 301 S. Park 4th Floor, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT  59620.

Once the request and fee are received, the request will be processed and mailed within 5 days.

To request an official license verification/certification be sent to another state licensing
board, jurisdiction or individual, please submit in writing your first and last name,
address, city, state, license number, the name and address of the state licensing board, jurisdiction or individual you would like the verification/certification sent to, and $20.00 to: Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 301 S. Park 4th Floor, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620.
Once the request and fee are received, the request will be processed and mailed within 5 days.

If your license status is “Expired”, you may renew it by submitting a renewal form and paying the renewal fee and the late fee.

If your license status is “Terminated”, and it is within 10 years of your termination date, you must submit a new license application and pass the national exam.

If your license status is “Terminated”, and it is over 10 years from your termination date, you must complete the required training hours for the profession, submit a new license application and pass the national exam.

The renewal forms and applications for licensure are under the Forms tab on this
website.

Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 301 S. Park 4th Floor, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620

Your address change request MUST be received in writing. Please submit your first and last name, old address, (including city, state, zip code), new address, (including city, state, zip code), and license number to: Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 301 S. Park 4th Floor, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620, or fax it to: (406) 841-2309, Attn: Bar/Cos, or submit using our online address change form under the Forms tab on this website.

Your name change request MUST be received in writing. Please submit your first name, previous last name, new last name, address, city, state, zip code, and license number, to: Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 301 S. Park 4th Floor, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620, or fax it to: (406) 841-2309, Attn: Bar/Cos, or email it to us at: dlibsdcos@mt.gov.

If your booth rent license status is “Expired”, regardless if you left the salon or business and are now returning, you will need to submit a renewal form and pay the renewal and late fees.

If your booth rent license status is “Terminated”, you must submit a new booth rent license application and fee.

Board meetings are generally every 4-8 weeksThe schedule of upcoming meetings can be found under the board information tab on this website.  Screening Panel meetings are not open for the general public.  Open meetings, Adjudication Panel meetings and Education Committee meetings are open to the public.

Barbers and Cosmetologists may be exempt from workers’ compensation coverage if they meet certain criteria.  Estheticians and Manicurists are not exempt and must apply for workers’ compensation or the Independent Contractors exemption.  For more information regarding this, please contact Department of Labor and Industry, Independent Contractors Unit

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.