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Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure


Ofelia Duran, Program Director

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

The Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure regulates individuals who practice in the State of Colorado as barbers, cosmetologists, hairstylists, estheticians, and nail technicians. The Office also regulates the Shops and Salons where these services are performed. Licensure for these occupations is mandatory in Colorado.

The Office’s activities include licensing exceptions, investigation of complaints, determination of discipline, and enforcement of discipline for those who violate the Barber and Cosmetologist Act and the Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensure Rules. The purpose of the Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure is to protect the consumer. The program is a Director model with a five member advisory committee comprised of a school representative, licensed professionals and a public member. The Office works closely with the National Interstate Council of Cosmetology Boards (NIC), the National Association of Barber Boards (NABBA), and its testing vendor, PSI.

Renewal Information

To begin your renewal, click "Professionals" in the left menu of this page. Then click "Renewal."

News Items

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

If you obtained a barber, cosmetologist, esthetician, hairstylist or nail technician license in another state and that license is still ACTIVE, you must apply for licensure by endorsement.  Please visit the Professionals (Applications & Forms) tab in the left-hand navigation for the application and a checklist of required items.  If you have already mailed a paper application to the Division, DO NOT apply online as well.  If your paper application is incomplete, Licensing will contact you for further information and/or documentation.

Examination Information

The testing 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.

If you completed your education OUTSIDE of Colorado and did not obtain a license in that state, you must contact PSI for an application to take the Colorado practical and written examinations.  You can visit the PSI website here.

For Help Call the PSI Customer Service team at:


Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

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1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202 Email
(303) 894-7800 - Phone (303) 894-7693 - Fax