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History:In 1927, the Board of Barber Examiners and the Board of Cosmetology were established. The Board of Barber Examiners governed the barbering profession, and the Board of Cosmetology governed the cosmetology profession. The Board of Barber Examiners consisted of 5 members, 2 of which were public members. The Board of Cosmetology consisted of 7 members, 2 of which were public members.

Throughout the years there were minor changes to the laws of each profession. For example, the requirement of apprenticeship prior to master barber licensing for barbers and revision to the cosmetology laws to include a separate manicurist license, electrology license, and esthetician license. In 1939 the manicurist license and the electrology license were added, and in 1978 the cosmetician (esthetician) license was added.

In 1992, the Board of Barber Examiners and the Board of Cosmetology were merged to create the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Chapter 10, Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code (known and cited as the Barbering and Cosmetology Act) was enacted by AB 3008 (Eastin, Chapter 1672, Statutes of 1990) and became effective July 1, 1992. In July 1997, the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology was eliminated by the California Legislature and the duties, powers, and functions of the Board were transferred directly to the Department of Consumer Affairs and were administered by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology. On January 1, 2003, SB 1482 (Polanco, Chapter 1148, Statutes of 2002) reinstated the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC).

Regulation: The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulates the following licenses:

  • Cosmetologists
  • Barbers
  • Manicurists
  • Estheticians
  • Electrologists
  • Apprentices
  • Establishments (Places where barbering, cosmetology, electrology, and other related services are performed.)


Complaint Jurisdiction: Gross negligence and/or incompetence; unsanitary conditions in establishments and schools of barbering, cosmetology, and electrology; unlicensed practice of barbering, cosmetology, and electrology; and misrepresentation/false advertising of services.


Outside Complaint Jurisdiction: The BBC does not license schools of cosmetology, barbering, or electrology. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is responsible for licensing private schools. The BBC does, however, have statutory authority to specify what curricula will be followed by these schools for any course of study that will qualify a student, upon graduation, to take the state licensing examination. Schools must also obtain the BBC approval based on specific requirements.


Headquarters Location:

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100

Sacramento, CA 95834

(800) 952-5210

(916) 575-7281 Fax

Web site: barbercosmo.ca.gov

Email: barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov


In Person Payments:

Department of Consumer Affairs

1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-100

Sacramento, CA 95834

Only exact cash, checks, cashier's checks and money orders accepted. No credit cards accepted when paying in person.


Payments by Mail:

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

PO Box 944226

Sacramento, CA 94244-2260

Only checks, cashier's checks and money orders accepted. No credit cards or cash accepted when paying through the mail.

Payments Online: www.breeze.ca.gov

Debit or credit cards only. American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa are accepted when paying online.


Helpful Numbers:

(916) 574-8150 Public Sales
(916) 574-8018 Family Support
(916) 574-7575 Inspections Unit
(916) 574-7570 Licensing Unit
(877) 392-6422 PSI (Written Exam Times)
(800) 733-9267 PSI (Reciprocity)
(916) 431-6959 Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education


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