Changes to License Requirements
On June 17, legislation was enacted that will return certain licensing requirements to pre-2016 standards. The table below explains the changes to several license types. The most significant changes are to manicuring licenses:
Please direct all questions about these changes to firstname.lastname@example.org for fastest response. Due to our current workload, telephone inquiries may receive a significantly delayed response.
January 1, 2016, to June 17, 2017
Changes beginning June 17, 2017
Not a license type between
January 1, 2016, to June 17, 2017.
A Hairdresser is not allowed to practice manicuring under the hairdressing license.
A Hairdresser is allowed to practice manicuring under the hairdressing license if the curriculum approved by the board at the time of completion included 12 hours of instruction in health, safety and hygiene.
An Instructor in hairdressing is not allowed to instruct in manicuring without also holding a nail technician license.
NEW starting mid-July: Online renewal will be available for the following license types: Barber, Hairdresser, Esthetician, Instructor, Manicurist, Advanced Manicurist Endorsement, and School.
Shops, Tattooists/Permanent Cosmetic Colorists, and Body Piercers must submit additional documentation to renew and therefore may not renew online.
Paper renewal application forms will be available on the website mid-July. You must submit an application for the September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2019, renewal period in order to make a payment toward your renewal. Money without this documentation will not be accepted.
Notices will be mailed to current licensees when renewal forms are available. If you do not receive a notice, we may not have your current mailing address on file. You may update your mailing address by sending an email to email@example.com with your name, license number, and new mailing address.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for answers to basic questions on
obtaining a barber, hairdresser, esthetician, tattoo, permanent cosmetic coloring or body piercing license. Also, each license application has detailed instructions on what is required and how to
obtain that particular license type.
We also suggest applicants review the Board of Barbers and Hairdresser Statutes and Regulations.
The Board of Barbers and Hairdressers is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The Board consists of two barbers; two
hairdressers, one of whom is also licensed as an esthetician, one person licensed to practice body piercing or licensed to practice tattooing and permanent cosmetic
coloring; and one public member. Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the legislature.
The Board adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of barbering, hairdressing, esthetics, tattoo and permanent cosmetic coloring, and body piercing. It
makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws. The Board meets three times a year and offers a public comment
period at each meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are available from the licensing examiner and will be posted to this website once prepared.
Visit the Division of Environmental Health's Food Safety and Sanitation
Program website for useful sanitation information and resources for Tattoo and Piercing shops and Hair and Nails shops.
National organizations may provide information on the regulation of the practice of barbering, hairdressing, and cosmetology in other states.
Cynthia Spencer, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Alexa Adelmeyer, Licensing Examiner
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806