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.


New Fee Increase

The following new fee increases will be implemented by the board starting on October 1st.
Initial licensing fees:
Barber school license- $500
Barber shop license- $100

Examination fees:
Apprentice examination- $200
Barber examination- $200
Teacher of barbering examination- $250

Renewal fees:
Teacher of barbering- $100
Barber school- $200

Late Fees:
Teacher of barbering- $100
Barber school- $100

Miscellaneous fees:
Student permit card- $15


Special Called Meeting

On Monday March 25, 2019 at noon, the Board will be holding a Special Called Meeting at the Board Office.






Renew Your License

Barbers, Barber Shops and Independent Contact Owners can now renew their license(s) online.

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 8 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

KBOB Office Closed:
1/21/19 (Martin Luther King Jr.)
4/19/19 (1/2 day) (Good Friday)
5/27/19 (Memorial Day)

Please be advised that the Board office may be closed on occasions of severe weather and may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing.