Maryland Board of Cosmetologists
Important COVID-19 Information for Customers
(Updated October 22, 2020)
The offices of the Maryland Board of Cosmetologists are open and serving our customers through our online licensing resources, and via e-mail and telephone. To protect the health and safety of our customers and employees, walk-in assistance is not yet available. We can be reached using our contacts page for e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of individual staff members.
It is important to note that all license expiration dates have been temporarily extended per an Executive Order from Governor Larry Hogan. You are encouraged to continue taking your continuing education courses, renewing your licenses online, and performing all other activities that are required for your license to the extent that you are able.
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
During its June 2020 meeting, the Maryland State Board of Cosmetology unanimously approved education institutions to include distance learning as part of their permanent approved curriculum. Hours credited during distance learning, including both theory and practical, will be accepted toward hours needed for licensure, provided the institution has followed all requirements of their accreditor.
Letter to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
Sanitation Guidelines For Salons and Barbershops in Response to COVID-19
Exam candidates: The testing vendors that administer licensing exams for our boards and commissions have begun reopening Maryland test sites. Check the status of your testing center directly for updated scheduling and exam information. (Updated June 24, 2020)
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On June 3, 2019, the Board of Cosmetologists voted to adopt a policy that requires all interpreters to be credentialed by the State. The board will use the Maryland Judiciary's Interpreter Registry Release List for all interpreters. The list is updated bi-annually by the Maryland Judiciary; an applicant may select any interpreter from the approved list. You may use an interpreter for the Theory part of your examination ONLY.
Maryland Judiciary Interpreter Registry Release List
We now allow you to report your apprentice's training hours online!
Entering training hours is simple. Under the Features menu (on the lefthand side of the screen for desktop computers), select Education/Apprenticeship. Once you are there, scroll down to the link that says Sponsor Certification for Apprenticeship Training.
Log in and follow the instructions within to submit your apprentice's training hours. If you do not already have a password set up, you can create one with the "Create My Password" button. The hours will be logged immediately, and you will receive an immediate confirmation that they have gone through.
Maryland now offers a limited hairstylist license for those who are interested in only performing hair services. Hair services are defined as arranging, bleaching, cleansing, coloring, curling, cutting, dressing, singeing, permanent waving or waving the hair, as well as performing any other similar procedure intended to beautify, clean or embellish the hair.
To become a hairstylist, applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have completed 9th grade or a GED®. Applicants must submit proof of completion of 1200 hours of training in a cosmetology school or 15 months as an apprentice hairstylist in a licensed beauty salon, and qualify by an examination given by the Board.
Proposed Regulations Currently Open for Public Comment
None at this time.
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.