Barber (Master) License

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A Master Barber License allows an individual to engage in the occupation of being a barber. This license is issued by the New York State Department of State.

A barber is anyone performing the following services for pay upon the head of a human being: shaving or trimming the beard or cutting hair; giving facial or scalp massage with oils, creams, lotions or other preparations, either by hand or mechanical appliances; singeing, shampooing, arranging, dressing or dyeing hair or applying hair tonic; and applying cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, powders, oils, clays or lotions to scalp, face or neck.

To obtain this license, an applicant must pass education or experience requirements and pass a practical examination administered by the New York State Department of State. Applicants currently licensed in Maine, New Mexico and Pennsylvania who submit original certificates from their state are exempt from the practical examination requirement. Otherwise, two years of licensed New York State barber apprenticeship is required in order to apply for New York State barber exam. Click the following link for more information about licensing for apprentice barbers.

For more information, contact the NYS Department of State.


NYS Department of State
123 William Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038-3804
Phone: (518) 473-2492
licensing@dos.ny.gov
Website: http://www.dos.ny.gov/

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