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Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Hairstylists, Nail Technicians

Licensing Services

Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians,
Hairstylists, and Nail Technicians

Examination Information

The vendor that administers the examinations for the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure (the Office) is PSI. You apply for and schedule your examinations at https://candidate.psiexams.com/ or by calling 1-800-733-9267.

NOTE: If you have an active license for one of the professions above in another state or jurisdiction you need to apply for a license by endorsement with DPO.

Definitions of Application Types (All Fees associated with these applications are non-refundable)

  • License by Examination: You are applying to take an examination in order to qualify for licensure in Colorado. Applicants must apply through the PSI website.
  • License by Endorsement: You hold an active, valid license in another state and wish to apply for licensure in Colorado.
  • License by Endorsement: Foreign-Trained Applicant:  You were educated outside the United States and you hold an active, valid license in another country. You must have your credentials evaluated by an approved credentialing agency.
  • Renew: You currently hold a Colorado license and are in a renewal period.
  • Reinstate:  Your Colorado license has expired and you wish to reinstate the license. 

Which type of application should I use?

  • Click here to learn which type of application to use.

NOTICE: Application for Endorsement & Endorsement Foreign-Trained is Online ONLY!

Those wishing to apply for a barber, cosmetologist, esthetician, hairstylist or nail technician license BY ENDORSEMENT must now do so using the online system.  Please use the link below to be directed to Online Services.  Upon your first visit, you must register an account with the Division.

If you have already mailed a paper application to the Division, DO NOT apply online as well.  If the paper application you mailed is incomplete, Licensing will contact you for further information and/or documentation.

A checklist of required items is also posted below.  Please review the checklist before you begin your online application to ensure you are prepared to submit all required information and documentation to the Division.  Failing to provide all information will result in delays.

If you are a foreign-trained or foreign-licensed applicant, you must have your training and experience reviewed by one of the following credentialing agencies.  The final report must be sent directly to our office.  Please ensure that you receive a review of your credentials from one of the below agencies.  If the credential review provider is unable to provide information or if you are required to return to school, the application fee for licensure by endorsement is non-refundable.

As of November 25th, 2014:
International Credentialing Associates (ICA) will no longer conduct evaluations for Nail Technicians, below you will find a list of the list of the license types ICA is currently reviewing and providing evaluations for:
Foreign Trained Cosmetologist and Hairstylists only - please contact:
International Credentialing Associates
10801 Starkey Road, Suite 104
Seminole, FL 33777
Telephone: (727) 549-8555
Fax Number: (727) 549-8554
Website: www.icaworld.com
Email: www.customerservice@icaworld.com
As of November 25th, 2014:
International Education Research Foundation (IERF) continues to provide evaluations for all license types, below you will find a list of the individual license types that IERF provides evaluations for:
For all Foreign Trained Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Hairstylists and Nail Technicians - please contact:
International Education Research Foundation
Post Office Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Telephone: (310) 258-9451

All costs associated with the review are the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications & Forms

Application for License by Examination

ONLINE Application for License by Endorsement

Checklist for Online Application by Endorsement

Application to Reinstate an Expired License

Felony Conviction & Monitoring Information Form

Colorado Verification of Licensure Form


License Expiration Grace Period for New Applicants.

  • Barber, Esthetician, Hairstylist, and Nail Technician licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years and must be renewed to continue practicing.

    All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the subsequent expiration date. For example, licenses issued between December 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 will expire March 31, 2016. Licenses issued prior to December 1, 2013 will expire March 31, 2014 and must renew in the upcoming renewal period.
  • Cosmetologist licenses expire on April 30 of either odd-numbered years or even-numbered years, are dependent upon the issuance date, and must be renewed to continue practicing.

    All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the subsequent expiration date. For example, licenses issued between January 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013 will expire April 30, 2015. Licenses issued prior to January 1, 2013 will expire April 30, 2013 and must renew in the upcoming renewal period.


Still have questions?

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