Maryland Board of Cosmetologists
Welcome to our home page. The Maryland Board of Cosmetologists qualifies and licenses individuals seeking licensure and issues permits to business entities through which cosmetology is practiced. The Board also establishes health and safety standards for the operation of beauty salons and trade schools. We regulate the practice of cosmetology under the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 5 and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 9, Subtitle 22. We investigate complaints against licensees, as well as complaints related to unlicensed practice. The Board may issue a reprimand, suspend or revoke a license or permit, and/or impose a fine.
We encourage you to report, in writing, any unlicensed activities. We need your help to ensure professionalism in the fields of barbering and cosmetology.
The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 09.22.01.01 B (2) requires all licensees and registrants to affix a current picture to their licenses. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.
Please note: Business Occupations and Professions Article Section 5-605, Annotated Code of Maryland provides that you must be affiliated with a licensed salon or licensed barbershop to perform services.
News and Updates
New Laws Effective October 1, 2016
House Bill 1291 and Senate Bill 830 State Board of Cosmetologists - Limited License - Hair Services - Blow Drying establishes a limited license to provide “hair services – blow drying.” View the text of the bill. Regulations are currently being drafted and should be available for public comment soon. For questions or comments, please e-mail the Board.
House Bill 567 Barbers and Cosmetologists - Mobile Barbershops and Beauty Salons - Permit Requirement enables a beauty salon owner or barbershop owner to obtain a secondary permit for one or more mobile beauty salons or barbershops. To qualify for a mobile salon/barbershop permit, an applicant must (1) hold a permit to operate a traditional salon or barbershop and (2) own or lease the motor vehicle or trailer in which the mobile salon/barbershop is to be located. All other current law applicable to the practice of cosmetology or barbering applies for mobile salons/barbershops. View the text of the bill. Regulations are currently being drafted and should be available for public comment soon. For questions or comments, please e-mail the Board.
Proposed Regulations Currently Open for Public Comment
- Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Board of Cosmetologists
COMAR 09.22.01 General Regulations - 44:01 Md. R. 124 (1-20-17)
To register your comments with the Board, send your letter to the Maryland Board of Cosmetologists, 500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax 410-333-6314.