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

New York State Sanitary Code Sign

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.