The "Practice of barbering" includes the performance of the following practices upon the head of a human being: shaving or trimming the beard or cutting the hair of humans; giving facial or scalp massage with oils, creams, lotions or other preparations, either by hand or mechanical appliances; singeing, shampooing, arranging, dressing or dyeing the hair or applying hair tonic; applying cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, powders, oils, clays or lotions to scalp, face or neck. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Practice of Barbering License Law.

“How do I renew my license?”
Appearance Enhancement and Barber licenses must be
renewed online through the NY License Center.
Quick Online Renewal Instruction Flyer (pdf)

License Requirements

Fees and terms of licensure/registration

Forms: (all forms are Adobe PDF Format)

Examination Information:

Barber Practical Examination Sites

Examination Scheduling Policy

General Practical Exam Information (English) (Spanish/Español) 
(Haitian-Creole/Kreyòl Ayisyen) (Italian/Italiano) (Korean/한국어) (Russian/Pусский) (Chinese/中文) 
Practical Exam Procedures (English) (Spanish/Español) (Haitian-Creole/Kreyòl Ayisyen) (Italian/Italiano) 
(Korean/한국어) (Russian/Pусский) (Chinese/中文)  
Practical Exam Supply List (English) (Spanish/Español) (Haitian-Creole/Kreyòl Ayisyen) (Italian/Italiano) (Korean/한국어) (Russian/Pусский) (Chinese/中文) 
List of Tasks Evaluated (English) (Spanish/Español) (Haitian-Creole/Kreyòl Ayisyen) (Italian/Italiano) (Korean/한국어) (Russian/Pусский) (Chinese/中文) 
Images of Barber Practical Exam Draping Procedures
Figure of Shaving Areas/Stroke Direction

Appearance Enhancement and Barber E-Licensing System Access Information

License Center Guides:


License Center Quick Online Application Instruction Flyer (pdf)

Quick Online Renewal Instruction Flyer (pdf)

Applicant User Guide for the License Center (doc)

License Center Amendments Guide (English), (Spanish/Español), (Korean/한국어), (Chinese/中文) (doc)

NY Licensing Center Claiming Record(s) Guide (English), (Spanish/Español), (Korean/한국어), (Chinese/中文) (doc)

NYS Licensing Center Renewal Guide (English), (Spanish/Español), (Korean/한국어), (Chinese/中文)(doc)


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the NYS License Center


LICENSE LAW —  pdf It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Practice of Barbering License Law.