Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

Board Information

Our services are available through remote delivery.  We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email at DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone (406) 841-2300.

This board does not regulate tattooing, body/ear piercing, permanent makeup, microblading, etc. For information on these regulations visit the Department of Public Health and Human Services Food and Consumer Safety Section 

Mission Statement: The mission of the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists is to protect the health, safety and well-being of Montana citizens through the regulation and oversight of barbering, barbering nonchemical, cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, and manicuring. The board makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our website.  Please contact us if you need additional information, or to provide comments on how we can improve the website.

Welcome to the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

  • On 8/30/21 the board met to consider whether or not to once again allow for distance learning at Montana licensed schools as it did between 3/23/20 and 6/30/21. The board ultimately voted to enact a policy that will allow 100 percent of an individual’s theory and classroom practical education for licensure to be obtained through distance learning. All practical distance learning must be two-way, interactive, and real time. All floor work on the general public must still occur 100 percent in-person. This policy has no expiration date and will be in place until the board either enacts rules regarding distance learning through the rulemaking process or meets to re-evaluate the policy.

  • Have a Question about Medical Spas and Cosmetic Medical Procedures that Exceed Your Scope of Practice?

    • Many of the most common questions and links to useful information can be found on this FAQ



    • Visit the FAQ page to view the General FAQ and other topic specific FAQs.
    • Even in normal years, graduation season is busy time for license application processing staff. The board recognizes that the current COVID-19 pandemic has created discord in the normal application, examination, and licensure process. We are striving to address these concerns and potential roadblocks as quickly as possible; however, please understand that this will not occur overnight. The board must continue its public safety mission while adapting to daily changes occurring from the pandemic. This will take time.
    • Applicants are encouraged to begin their application for licensure and to complete as much of the required information as possible.
    • Applications remain valid for one year under normal circumstances. If you submit your application and an item is missing, our licensing specialist will work with you to complete the application. We do not deny applicants for submitting an incomplete application. By completing the application’s remaining parts, exempting exams, etc., you can get ahead on the licensure process.
    • Online applications are the most efficient application method and allow you to upload your own supplemental forms directly into your application at any time.  Click here to go to our online system to create an account and begin your application.
    • Paying the fee triggers the beginning of the staff review process. Be aware that to verify authenticity, some documents such as exam results, and transcripts must be sent to the department directly from the source and cannot be uploaded by the applicant
    • Make sure your address and e-mail information are up-to-date. You can update your information at any time by logging into your online account.
    • E-mail is the board's primary form of communication so a current e-mail helps ensure you stay current on board information. 

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