Mission Statement

To help safeguard the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of barber and cosmetology practitioners and shops in Idaho.

Welcome to the Board's webpage! Information and announcements will be posted here. Please click the links on the left for specific areas of interest.

Pursuant to the Statewide Stay Home Order, the Governor has ordered that all barbershops, salons, nail salons, and any business offering barbering, cosmetology, nail, electrology, or esthetics services be CLOSED until the Order is either modified or lifted. 

Until further notice, the Division of Occupational & Professional Licenses will not be admitting any walk-in traffic to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All applicants and licensees will need to transact their business needs through the mail, by phone, via email, or through other means. Thank you for your understanding.

The most efficient way to renew is to renew online by clicking “Renew Online”. If you need to submit documents for reinstatement, please email them to the board.

Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at


Licensing Freedom Act

Please note that as of July 1, 2018, the Barber and Cosmetology Boards merged into the new Barber and Cosmetology Services Licensing Board. Below is historical information from those Boards in response to Executive Order 2017-06.

Executive Order 2017-06 required State agencies to submit a report to the Office of the Governor no later than July 1, 2018. The report was to assess whether the licensure requirements are necessary and in the public interest while providing recommendations for improvement, modification or elimination. The Board's report can be found here for Barbers and here for Cosmetology.



The Division has been made aware of scam artists who may target licensees. If you get a call, e-mail, text or other communication from an individual claiming to represent the Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses or the Board, here is some information to help you identify whether it is a scam:

The Boards and the Division WILL NOT:

• Ask for personal information that does not relate to your license renewal (such as your credit card number or bank account number)
• Demand immediate payment on fines that are not yet due
• Ask for or accept prepaid cards such as Green Dot MoneyPak
• Offer to alter a disciplinary order that has already been entered by the Board
• Ask for or take payments over the phone

The Boards and the Division WILL:

• Send renewal notices in the mail
• Take payments on the official website at
• Send inspectors who have a State of Idaho photo ID to establishments

If you ever question whether a communication you received is from the Board or the Division, do not provide personal information or payment.  Instead, call the Division at (208) 334-3233 for assistance.

Click the Calendar link on the left for scheduled Board meetings and agendas.


Barbering, cosmetology, make-up artistry, and electrology are regulated services in Idaho. All providers of these services must be licensed or certified.

Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at