The Massachusetts 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 MA, 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 Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering are listed below:

State Board Members

Member Position

Susan Viens


Joy Talbot

Vice Chairwoman

Michael A. Gayagian


Amanda Donis


Janice Dorian


Jesus B. Nunez


Nan Pham


Marian Saluto


Mary Tool


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

  • Available License Categories
  • Cosmetologist
  • Hairdresser
  • Aesthetician
  • Manicurist
  • Electrologist

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 Massachusetts 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.

Board Code Type Class License Type Renewal Fee Renewal Time Renewal Frequency
BR 1 Barber Instructor $84 31-Dec Annual (1 year)
BR A Apprentice Barber $40 31-Dec/Odd Year Biennial (2 years)
BR M Master Barber $78 31-Dec/Odd Year Biennial (2 years)
ET 1 Registered Electrologist $78 31-Jul/Odd Year Biennial (2 years)
ET 2 Registered Electrologist/Lecturer $52 31-Jul/Odd Year Biennial (2 years)
ET 3 Registered Electrology Instructor $52 31-Jul/Odd Year Biennial (2 years)
HD 1 Registered Cosmetologist $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 2 Registered Operator $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 3 Registered Manicurist $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 4 Registered Instructor $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 5 Registered Demonstrator $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 6 Registered Aesthetician I $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 7 Registered Aesthetician II $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
HD 8 Aesthetician Instructor $68 Birthday Biennial (2 years)
BS 1 Barber School $225 31-Dec Annual (1 year)
BS S Barber Shop $78 31-Jun/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
ET 4 Registered Electrology School $130 31-Jul/Odd Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 1 Cosmetology Salon $82 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 2 Booth Shop $82 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 3 Manicuring Shop $82 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 4 Booth Renter $82 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 5 Aesthetic Shop $82 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 9 Cosmetology School $338 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 10 Aesthetician School $338 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 11 Advanced Training Institute $338 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)
HS 12 Registered Manicuring School $338 31-Dec/Even Year Biennial (2 years)

The following fees apply to all Boards of Registration:

Category Fee Comments
Late Renewal Fee $57 Per license renewal (Fee is in addition to renewal fee if renewal is received beyond license expiration date)
Certified Statement of Registration

$15 Per license
Duplicate License $17 Per license
Name Chang $27 Per license
Wall Certificate $27 Per certificate
Duplicate Wall Certificate of Registration $27 Per certificate
Handling Charge for Returned Checks $23 Per check
Public Information CD-ROM $30 Per item in the form
EPAY Online Payment Return Fee $23 Per returned transaction, including returns for insufficient funds, wrong account number, etc

Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering 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.

While the majority of licensees conduct themselves as true professionals, the Division of Professional Licensure will take action against those who fail to maintain acceptable standards of competence and integrity. In many cases, complaints are made by dissatisfied consumers - but, dissatisfaction alone is not proof of incompetence or sufficient grounds for disciplinary action.

If you have a serious complaint against a licensed hairdresser, manicurist, aesthetician, or licensed salon, call or write the Division's Office of Investigations and ask for a complaint form. Or download a copy of the complaint form.

Division of Professional Licensure
Office of Investigations
1000 Washington Street Suite 710
Boston, Mass. 02118

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

  • State Board Office Location
  • Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering
    1000 Washington Street 7th Floor
    Boston, MA 02118

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology phone number 617-727-9940. Their fax number is 617-727-1627.

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