The Indiana 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 IN, 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 Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners are listed below:

State Board Members

Member Position
Victoria Ross Cosmetologist
Diana Weisheit Cosmetologist
Diana Bonn Manicurist
Gregory Kenny Barber
Gary O'Dell Barber
Rebecca Bushong M.D. Consumer

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 Indiana, check out the Indiana Cosmetology License page for additional information. The list of categories the state board issues licenses for are below:

  • Available License Categories
  • Barbers
  • Beauty Culture Instructors
  • Cosmetologists
  • Electrologists
  • Estheticians
  • Manicurists
  • Beauty Culture Salons & Mobile Salons
  • Beauty Culture Schools
  • Tanning Facilities

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 Indiana 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.

Provisional License Fee
Issuance $40
Renewal $40
Renewal Late Fee $50
Cosmetologist, Barber Esthetician,
Manicurist, Electrologist, Instructor License
Issuance $40
Renewal $40
Renewal Late Fee $50
Reciprocal License $40
Beauty Culture School Fee
Issuance $400
Renewal $400
Renewal Late Fee $50
Instructor License Fee
Issuance $40
Renewal $40
Renewal Late Fee $50
Reciprocal License $40
Beauty Culture Salon License Fee
Issuance $40
Renewal $40
Renewal Late Fee $50
Tanning Facility License Fee
Issuance $200
Renewal $200
Renewal Late Fee $50

Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners 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.

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and each of its boards and commissions is charged with the responsibility of disciplining license holders who have violated practice standards, acted dishonestly, or acted unethically. Indiana has standards of practice that apply to all regulated professions. Those standards, along with laws and rules specific to each profession, provide the basis upon which boards impose discipline on licensed professionals.

It is not their intention to inhibit the practice of business in Indiana. However, in the unfortunate situation where the Indiana Attorney General seeks action in a case, it is their duty to comply with the highest standards of fairness, justice and uphold the laws that keep Hoosiers safe. To file a complaint online with the Indiana Attorney General, click here for the form.

How the Complaint Process Works

A consumer complaint can be filed with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency or directly to its ultimate home, the Indiana Attorney General. Either way, the first step for any complaint is a review by the Attorney General. If evidence is found to suggest the complaint has merit, the Attorney General then brings it to the appropriate board or commission, seeking action against the license holder. It is the Attorney General, then, who decides to seek disciplinary action. Once the Attorney General pursues the case it is the board or commission that holds a hearing and determines the outcome, including disciplinary actions.

The complaint names the State of Indiana as the petitioner and the attorney general, through a deputy attorney general, represents the state. The complaint describes the alleged conduct the professional, referred to as the respondent, has engaged in and the standards of practice the professional has allegedly violated unless it is a complaint for a summary suspension. Complaints for summary suspension often include only a general statement of facts alleging that a professional represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if the professional is allowed to continue to practice.

Disciplinary hearings are held before the board or an administrative law judge appointed by the board. A case may be resolved through a settlement agreement, in which case there will be no evidentiary hearing. After a hearing, the board will deliberate and make its findings of fact and conclusions of law, and then the board decides the appropriate disciplinary sanction, if any, to impose on the professional's license. The possible sanctions are:

  • Revocation
  • Suspension
  • Probation
  • Censure
  • Reprimand
  • Or a combination of these

The boards also have the authority to impose a fine in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for each violation of law, except for a finding of incompetence due to a physical or mental disability.

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 Indiana Board Of Cosmetology phone number, office address and how to access their departments website.

  • State Board Office Location
  • Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
    402 West Washington Street Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology phone number 317-234-3031. Their fax number is 317-233-4236.

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