Licensure Application & Exam Process

Idaho law requires the licensure of all persons who practice or offer to practice barbering or barber-styling, and those who teach barbering or barber-styling in the State of Idaho.  Licensure may be obtained both by examination and endorsement. 

In order to obtain a license, an applicant must:

  • document completion of the tenth grade and;
  • be at least sixteen and one-half years of age and;
  • document completion of 900 hours of training for barbering, or 1800 hours for barber-styling and;
  • have graduated from an approved school and;
  • pass an examination;

The holder of a current license in another state may also be eligible for licensure. Licensure may be gained through Endorsement if an applicant either:

  • holds a current license from another state whose standards are not less than Idaho standards, or
  • holds a current license from another state and has maintained that license for the three years immediately preceding application.

If you do not meet the equal standards or experience requirement, additional training and examination will be required. To qualify for the examination, an applicant must show proof that their training was equivalent to the Idaho training requirements.  Applicants who do not meet the equivalent training requirement, must graduate from a licensed Idaho school of barbering.   (Additional Information)

Licenses for Barber & Barber-Stylist Instructors are also available.

All licensure examinations are administered by D. L. Roope at various locations in the State of Idaho.   


Be aware of the deadline dates for the test administrator (D.L. Roope). 

All applicants must complete and submit an application with the required documentation and appropriate fees.

You may download Application Forms here or request an application by writing:

Idaho law also requires licensure of all Shops and Schools.

Idaho Board of Barber Examiners
Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street, PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063

Phone - (208) 334-3233

Please provide your name, address, and daytime phone number with your request.