The Georgia Board Of Cosmetology is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations through inspections, investigation into complaints submitted by consumers and conducts hearings, imposes penalties and enforces actions when they deem necessary. Through education and the enforcement of the cosmetology laws in GA, the state board ensures the safety, welfare and public health by regulating the salons, schools and individuals who practice cosmetology. The list of the board members who are part of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers are listed below:

State Board Members

Kay Kendrick (Chair)
David Jones (Vice Chair)
Betty Carlisle
Jennifer Cheely
Virgil Ergle
Dana Love
Philamenia Rivers
Belinda Sanders
Sarah Scott
Chris Jones (Executive Director)

They also issue licenses for to individuals who qualify for reciprocity or through the state boards administration of a written and practical examination to schools and salons. To find out how to apply for a new license, renew an existing one or find out how many hours for cosmetology license in Georgia, check out the Georgia Cosmetology License page for additional information. The list of categories the state board issues licenses for are below:

  • Available License Categories
  • Master Cosmetologist/Cosmetology Instructor
  • Hair Designer/Hair Designer Instructor
  • Esthetician/Esthetician Instructor
  • Nail Technician/Nail Instructor
  • Master Barber/Barber Instructor
  • Master Barber II

If you need to obtain a cosmetology license, renew an existing one, or want to open up a salon or go to school, then in most cases there are fees involved. We list all available fees for this state below. We recommend to call the Georgia State Board Of Cosmetology if you cannot find the fee information you are looking for below, or if you need to know how to pay your fees and what type of payments they accept.

Master Cosmetologist
Application for Licensure by Exam $30
Renewal Fee (March 31 Even years) $50
Late Renewal Fee (Within 6 months) $100
Application for Reinstatement $200
Esthetician or Nail Technician
Application for Licensure by Exam $30
Renewal Fee (August 31 Odd years) $45
Late Renewal Fee (Within 6 months) $90
Application for Reinstatement $200
Hair Designer
Application for Licensure by Exam $30
Renewal Fee (September 30 Even years) $50
Late Renewal Fee (Within 6 months) $100
Application for Reinstatement $200
Master Barber or Barber II
Application for Licensure by Exam $30
Renewal Fee (December 31 Even years) $50
Late Renewal Fee (Within 6 months) $100
Application for Reinstatement $200
Licensure by Endorsement
Application for Licensure by Endorsement $75
Application for Instructor Licensure $100
Apprentice License
Application for Apprentice License
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetician
  • Nail Technician
  • Hair Designer
  • Master Barber and
  • Barber II
Apprentice Renewal (For those issued a 2 year license prior to 7/1/15) $90
Change of Supervisor and/or Change of Salon $90
Salon/Shop (Cosmetology and/or Barber) $75
Salon/Shop (Name/Address Change effective 8-01-15) $45
Salon/Shop (Change of ownership) $75
Renewal (June 30 Odd years) $75
Late Renewal (Within 6 months) $200
Application for Reinstatement $300
View the full fee schedule.

Georgia Cosmetology License Lookup

If you are planning to setup an appointment with a local salon, it is recommended that you first verify the professional or business license. You can do that online for the state of Georgia by visiting From there you can search for the person or business and see if there are any disciplinary actions on record. This will allow you to make an informed decision about the person and or business providing your service.

Filing a Complaint

Part of the duties of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers is receiving and investigating consumer complaints involving unlawful acts which may include:

  • False advertisement
  • Violations of health
  • Deceptive statements
  • Sanitation regulations
  • Unlicensed person
  • Malpractice or incompetence

If you feel like you have experienced one of these issues listed above, or have information about a specific incident, then you would need to submit your complaint. If you have issues or questions about the complaint process outlined below, then it is recommended you contact the state board for assistance.

Your complaint will be given serious consideration by the board and further investigative action may be taken, if appropriate. You may be contacted by the board investigator. A referral of a complaint for further investigation does not necessarily mean that a licensing violation has occurred. Investigations are completed as soon as possible, depending upon the nature and circumstances of the complaint. Investigative files are considered confidential for any purpose other than a hearing before the board; however, the board is authorized to release such records to another enforcement agency or lawful licensing authority.

  • Click here to search and submit a complaint against a person
  • Click here to submit a complaint against an unlicensed person or facility

Here are some tips on preparing your complaint. Make a list of things you want to say. Try your best to separate your feelings from the facts. Present the events in the order of which they happened, use dates and times if possible. When submitting your complaint, please make sure to provide copies of documents, for example contracts, letters, advertisements, sakes slips, cancelled checks, warranties and any other documentation that can support your claim. Only provide copies, keep the original copies for your own record. Please remember, the complaint should describe the event or practice which misled you. If you can, please also state why the practice was misleading.

If you still have questions or issues about your complaint or about cosmetology, then use the contact information listed below. We provide the Georgia Board Of Cosmetology phone number, office address and how to access their departments website.

  • State Board Office Location
  • Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers
    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, GA 31217

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology phone number 478-207-2440. Their fax number is 866-888-1176.

  • State Board Website
  • You can acccess the Georgia state board online by going to