Board Information

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff.  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.

Welcome to the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

FAQ on COVID-19 Impacts to Licensees and the Public's Use of Licensees' Services
Note: This FAQ is specific to questions pertaining to the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. For more general information that applies to the entire Professional Licensing Bureau click on the link in the blue bar at the top of this webpage.

  • This COVID-19 FAQ covers the most frequently asked questions to date
  • Staff will continue to update the FAQ as new questions and new information become available.
  • If you have previously downloaded this FAQ we recommend you delete your cookies and browsing history to ensure you see the most current version of the FAQ. The current version is dated 10/4/20.
  • Note that due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all board meetings will be held by conference call until further notice. No outside participants or stakeholders will be allowed access in the building. If you wish to attend a board meeting you must attend by phone.

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

Message to New Licensees & Applicants

  • 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

Annual Renewal for Booth Renters, Shops, and Salons - Opened May 3 and Ends July 1

  • Annual renewal for booth renters, shops, and salons opened May 3 and ends July 1.
  • Renewal will proceed as normal despite the COVID-19 situation.
  • Online renewal through your eBiz account is recommended as the most efficient way to renew.
  • If you have questions or issues renewing you can contact customer service at dlibsdhelp@mt.gov.
  • Staff are receiving a very high volume of e-mails right now due to COVID-19, graduation, and normal renewals. Please be patient with regard to a return response.

Make Sure Your Contact Information is Current

  • 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.

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.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists .

 

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have a scope of practice question for the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, contact the executive officer via the e-mail address below. Note that neither staff nor the board can give you legal advice. This includes providing an answer as to whether a specific action is within your scope of practice.

Lucy Richards, Executive Officer 

DLIBSDCOS@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

 

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV

 

Mailing Address:

Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620

Board Events

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/.

Angela Printz, President, Cosmetologist
Naomi Burbach, Public Member
Paula Evans, Cosmetologist
Katie Fontana, Public Member
Lauren Hansen, Esthetician
Barbara Jenkins, Barber
Bryan Kirkland, Barber
Lynn Startin, Affiliated with School (Cosmetologist)
 Vacant Position - Affiliated with School

Newsletters

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, Annual Renewal for Schools
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 a Barber License using the online application please click here.

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

B. Barber Licensure by Examination:

Application Form   
For the Barber application by Exam checklist click here
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 1,100 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.
  • Students are eligible to take the national exam upon completion of 90 percent of their curriculum and prior to graduating per board rule 24.121.805(15) SCHOOL OPERATING STANDARDS. Schools will verify student school hours to insure eligibility for taking the national exam and will issue the eligibility to test letter for the exam. A person may submit a license application when the person is no more than 90 days from completing the requisite course of study given the person's current and expected rate of progression, however a license will not be issued until all requirements for licensure are met.

* 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
For Barber by credentialing application checklist click here
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 high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 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 2,200hours 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
For the Barber non chemical application by Exam checklist click here


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 900 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 non-chemical exam at 75% proficiency or higher.
  • Students are eligible to take the national exam upon completion of 90 percent of their curriculum and prior to graduating per board rule 24.121.805(15) SCHOOL OPERATING STANDARDS. Schools will verify student school hours to insure eligibility for taking the national exam and will issue the eligibility to test letter for the exam. A person may submit a license application when the person is no more than 90 days from completing the requisite course of study given the person's current and expected rate of progression, however a license will not be issued until all requirements for licensure are met.

* 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
For the Barber non chemical application by credentialing checklist click here
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 high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 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 (eg. shears, razor, clippers, and thinning shears); shampooing and scalp treatments; hairstyling, including waves, braiding, and extensions; wet setting, blow drying, curling, and flat ironing; and the arranging of dry hair; facial shaving with a straight razor; and skin care, and
  • either have completed a course of training of at least 900 hours in a school, or
  • attest to 1,800 hours of work experience as a licensed barber nonchemical.

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

For the Instructor application checklist click here

(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 on this form.

(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

Effective 02/28/20 You can only apply for the Booth Rental License using the online application please click here.

For the Booth Renter application checklist click here

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
For the Cosmetologist application by Exam checklist click here


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 1,500 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) cosmetology exam at 75% proficiency or higher.
  • Students are eligible to take the national exam upon completion of 90 percent of their curriculum and prior to graduating per board rule 24.121.805(15) SCHOOL OPERATING STANDARDS. Schools will verify student school hours to insure eligibility for taking the national exam and will issue the eligibility to test letter for the exam. A person may submit a license application when the person is no more than 90 days from completing the requisite course of study given the person's current and expected rate of progression, however a license will not be issued until all requirements for licensure are met.

* 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
For the Cosmetologist by credentialing application checklist click here


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 high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 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 3,000 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. Electrologist Licensure by Examination

Application Form

For the Electrologist application by Exam checklist click here


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) electrology exam at 75% proficiency or higher.
  • Students are eligible to take the national exam upon completion of 90 percent of their curriculum and prior to graduating per board rule 24.121.805(15) SCHOOL OPERATING STANDARDS. Schools will verify student school hours to insure eligibility for taking the national exam and will issue the eligibility to test letter for the exam. A person may submit a license application when the person is no more than 90 days from completing the requisite course of study given the person's current and expected rate of progression, however a license will not be issued until all requirements for licensure are met.

* 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. Electrologist Licensure by Credentialing with an Out-of-State License
Application Form
For the Electrologist by Credentialing application checklist cllick here


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 high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 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 600 hours of electrology training in a school or attest to at least 1,200 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
For the Esthetician by Exam application checklist click here


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) esthetician exam at 75% proficiency or higher.
  • Students are eligible to take the national exam upon completion of 90 percent of their curriculum and prior to graduating per board rule 24.121.805(15) SCHOOL OPERATING STANDARDS. Schools will verify student school hours to insure eligibility for taking the national exam and will issue the eligibility to test letter for the exam. A person may submit a license application when the person is no more than 90 days from completing the requisite course of study given the person's current and expected rate of progression, however a license will not be issued until all requirements for licensure are met.

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

Application Form
For the Esthetician by Credentialing application checklist click here


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 high school diploma or equivalent;
  • proof of high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 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 650 hours of esthetician training in a school or attest to at least 1,300 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
For the Manicurist by Exam application checklist click here


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) manicurist exam at 75% proficiency or higher.
  • Students are eligible to take the national exam upon completion of 90 percent of their curriculum and prior to graduating per board rule 24.121.805(15) SCHOOL OPERATING STANDARDS. Schools will verify student school hours to insure eligibility for taking the national exam and will issue the eligibility to test letter for the exam. A person may submit a license application when the person is no more than 90 days from completing the requisite course of study given the person's current and expected rate of progression, however a license will not be issued until all requirements for licensure are met.
  • * 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
For the Manicurist by Credentialing application checklist click here


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 high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • 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 400 hours of manicuring training in a school or attest to at least 800 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.

For the Salon application checklist click here

For the Barbershop application checklist click here

 

 

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.

For the School or Course application checklist click here

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 emailing: SOSARM@mt.gov. 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

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-309

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and the adoption of New Rule I applicants with criminal convictions

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION
(published October 9, 2020)


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
(published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
(effective July 25, 2020)


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-121-16

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.121.301 definitions, 24.121.401 fees, 24.121.406 nonroutine applications, 24.121.407 premises and general requirements, 24.121.603 licensure by credentialing with an out-of-state license, 24.121.605 application for postsecondary school licensure, 24.121.607 application for instructor license, 24.121.808 credited hours for Montana-licensed individuals in a cosmetology or barbering program, 24.121.1103 instructor requirements - teacher-training programs, 24.121.1301 salons/booth rental, 24.121.1509 implements, instruments, supplies, and equipment, and 24.121.1511 sanitizing and disinfecting implements and equipment, and the adoption of NEW RULE I foreign-educated applicants

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION
Effective August 11, 2018

Statutes

Title 2 Chapter 15 Part 17 - Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists


Title 37 Chapter 31 -  Barbering, Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, and Manicuring


Title 37 Chapter 1 - Professions and Occupations General Provisions

Complaint Information

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

Disciplinary Sanction Matrix

Education Information

Licensed Montana Schools

  • Search the board's license lookup page for a list of licensed Montana schools for barbering, barbering non-chemical, cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, and manicuring.

Examination Information for Applicants

  • The NIC exams for Montana are administered by DL Roope/Prometrics. Visit their website for further information.

Continuing Education for Licensed Instructors