Board Office Closed Until Further​ Notice (12/27/22)

Testing Update (1/25/23)

​​​​​​​​The board has met and decided to resume testing.  Testing until the office is back open is going to be in various locations. 
The February 6, 2023 testing location is going to be held at the American College of Barbering located at 11320 North Preston Highway Louisville, KY 40229.
Deadline for the exam is still January 30, 2023 at 12 noon EST.  If you intend on signing up for the exam all paperwork and fees need to be received before noon on January 30th. Please know that due to the board not holding the January exam, the schedule is quite full.  We will try to accommodate as many people as possible.  Letters will go out on Monday letting those on the schedule know there time to test.  If you haven't received exam notification paperwork by Thursday afternoon (February 2), then please email using boardofbarbering@ky.gov make sure to provide us with your name and address. ​​​​

Update (1/5/23)

The board office is still closed and staff is still working remotely.  Power is still out in the building, email is still the only way to get a hold of the staff.  When sending an email make sure to provide us with your name and/or license number and as much information as possible pertaining to your question or issue.

All documents (renewals, new shops, exam application, etc.) will need to be mailed.  If mailing using USPS they will be sent to the normal board office address:
Kentucky Board of Barbering
312 Whittington Parkway Suite 110
Louisville, KY 40222

If you decide to use UPS or Fed Ex you will use the following address:
Kentucky Board of Barbering
c/o Jefferson Development
2650 Technology Drive
Louisville, KY 40299

This address is just for UPS or Fed Ex packages ONLY.  This is not an office that you can personally drop anything off.


I hope this finds you all well, safe and warm recovering from the holidays.

On Christmas Eve the Board Office suffered serious flood after a sprinkler pipe burst two floors above us. As a result of serious damage sustained to our offices due to water damage and the lack power for 5 days now, the office is closed.  

We are trying to sort through the extent of the damage and what we will be doing while the office is closed. Please know we are making every effort to handle this as quickly and as possible. 

As a result there will be no January Board meeting or testing on January 9, 2023. We will likely have a board meeting later in the month once we have a better idea of what's happening. We will make every effort to get back on track in February (but even that isn't a foregone conclusion.)

 As soon as we know what's happening, we will update you. In the meantime, email is probably the best way to communicate for now (boardofbarbering@ky.gov). 

We hope to get through this quickly and efficiently and apologize in advance for any kinks in the system until the dust settles.

Just know we are doing our best to get things back to normal as soon as we can. 

Kentucky Board of Barbering

Who We Are

The Kentucky Board of Barbering is an independent agency of the state government. Four board members are licensed and practicing barbers in the Commonwealth, one board member is a consumer at large.

Our Mission

To protect the health and safety of the public or to protect the public against misrepresentation, deceit, or fraud in the practice or teaching of Barbering.


Fee's for Current Renewal

The following is a list of fees that will be implemented by the board for this renewal period.
Renewal fees:
Barber License- $50
Barber Shop License- $50
Independent Contact Owner- $50
Barber school license- $200
Teacher of barbering- $100

Initial fees:
Apprentice- $50
Barber- $50
Independent Contract Owner- $50
Teacher of barbering- $100
Barber shop- $100
Barber school license- $500

Late Fees:
Barber- $25
Barber shop- $25
Independent Contract Owner- $25
Teacher of barbering- $100
Barber school- $100



Not Received Your License


No renewed licenses will be reprinted until 30 days after the have they have been mailed out.  If you have not received your license after 30 days you must submit a written statement requesting a reprint of the licenses.  This statement must indicate which licenses you need reprinted and you must give a current mailing address.  Any requests for a reprint of a license received after September 1st, will need the required $10 duplicate fee.   

Renew Your License

Online renewals begin June 1 and end on July 1.

Renew ​License

Barber License Lookup

Search for individual barbers by inputting some or all of the criteria along with the verification code.

License Lookup

Barber Shop License Lookup

Search for barber shops by inputting some or all of the criteria along with the verification code.

License Lookup

Interested in Becoming a Barber?

Becoming a barber is no easy task. It takes a lot of time and dedication, but it is a very rewarding career. Here is a list of resources that potential barbers should review prior to committing to become a Barber.

  • Read the Laws and Regulations​ that govern Barbering in Kentucky.
  • Review the Curriculum and understand the time and commitment it takes to become a Barber.
  • Find a School of Barbering. There are 12 schools within Kentucky. Please take some time to find one that is near you, and works into your schedule.
  • After you have completed your Curriculum, then you can apply for your Barbering License.

Our Office Location

Kentucky Board of Barbering
312 Whittington Parkway
Suite 110
Louisville, KY 40222

Get Directions

(502) 429-7148
(502) 429-7169
(502) 429-7149 (fax)

Office Hours:
8 am to 4:30 pm No walk-ins after 3 p.m.

KBOB Office Closed:
12/23/21 and 12/24/21 (Christmas)
12/30/21 and 12/31/21 (New Year's)
1/17/21 (Martin Luther King Day)
depending on severe weather we may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing.