The Michigan 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 MI, 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 Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are listed below:

State Board Members

Member Position Location
Angela River Licensed cosmetologist Auburn Hills
Andrea Schroeder General public Clarkston
Kathleen Skipper-Stong General public Ida
Sally Pittsenbarger Licensed cosmetologist Ferndale
Gabriella Abel General public Okemos
Kathryn Wilkinson Cosmetologist Howell
Danielle Kruithoff Cosmetologist Holland
Linda Ward Cosmetologist Big Rapids
Scott Weaver Cosmetologist Holt

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

  • Available License Categories
  • Schools of Cosmetology
  • Beauty Shops
  • Cosmetologists
  • Manicurists
  • Cosmetology Instructors
  • Electrologists
  • Estheticians (Skin care specialists)
  • Natural Hair Culturists (Braiders)

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 Michigan 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.

License Type Fee
New Establishment License $50
Location or ownership change $50
Limited establishments adding an additional
service or upgrading to a full cosmetology establishment
Establishment Relicensure $70
New Cosmetology School License $200
Cosmetology Branch Facility License $200
Cosmetology School Relicensure $220
Cosmetology Branch Facility Relicensure $220
Limited Electrology School License $200
Limited Electrology School Relicensure $220
Cosmetology Instructor $63
Upgrade to Full Cosmetology Instructor $10
Limited Cosmetology Instructor $63
Electrology Instructor $63
Upgrade to Full Electrology Instructor $10
Limited Electrology Instructor $63
Limited Specialist Instructor - Skin Care $63
Limited Specialist Instructor - Natural Hair Cultivation $63
Limited Specialist Instructor - Manicuring $63
New Student and Apprentice Registration Applications
Student Registration $15 Each
Cosmetologist Apprentice $25 Each
Electrologist Apprentice $25 Each
Esthetician Apprentice $25 Each
Manicurist Apprentice $25 Each
Natural Hair Culturist Apprentice $25 Each
Application for Cosmetology Relicensure (Individuals)
Cosmetology License $59
Cosmetology Instructor License $83
Cosmetology Instructor License Limited $83
Electrologist License $59
Electrologist Instructor License Limited $83
Electrologist Instructor License $83
Esthetician License $59
Esthetician Instructor License Limited $83
Manicurist License $59
Manicurist Instructor License Limited $83
Natural Hair Culturist License $59
Natural Hair Culturist Instructor License Limited $83

Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 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 must be in writing and signed. Describe the factual basis for the allegation. Please do not include any information, such as your social security number, that you do not want to be released to the respondent. Do not send bulky material. If we need additional information, they will request it. Please mail your complaint to the following address:

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P O Box 30018
Lansing MI 48909

The Statement of Complaint form can be downloaded here, or you may request a form and information by telephone at 517-241-7000.

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

  • State Board Office Location
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Ottawa Building 611 W. Ottawa
    PO Box 30004
    Lansing, MI 48909

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the Michigan State Board of Cosmetology phone number 517-373-1820. Their fax number is 517-241-9416.

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