Mission Statement

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

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

UPDATE:  On May 19, 2017, Executive Order 2017-06 – “Idaho Licensing Freedom Act” was signed, and comments are being accepted from interested persons in response to that Executive Order. Please click here for more information or to comment.



The Bureau 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 Bureau of Occupational Licenses or the Board, here is some information to help you identify whether it is a scam:

The Boards and the Bureau 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 Bureau 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 Bureau, do not provide personal information or payment.  Instead, call the Bureau at (208) 334-3233 for assistance.

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

"Cosmetology" shall constitute any 1 or combination of the following practices when done upon the human body for cosmetic purposes and not for the treatment of disease or physical or mental ailments:

  • Cutting, trimming, arranging, dressing, curling, waving by any method, cleansing, singeing, bleaching, coloring, or similar work upon the hair.
  • Noninvasive care of the skin of the face and body by application of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, creams and essential oils to cleanse, massage, exfoliate, hydrate and stimulate; makeup application; pore extraction; use of chemical exfoliants approved for professional esthetic use; particle exfoliation; use of any mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliance designed for nonmedical care of the skin; the temporary removal of superfluous hair by means of lotions, creams, waxing, tweezing or depilatories, and tinting of eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • Manicuring, pedicuring the nails, and the application of artificial nails.

"Electrolysis or electrology" means the permanent removal of hair by destroying the hair producing cells of the skin and vascular system using equipment and devices approved by and registered with the United States food and drug administration.

Cosmetology and electrology are regulated services in Idaho. All providers of these services must be licensed.

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