Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

New “eLicense Ohio” Transaction Fee Published: - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

In April 2018, the Board will transition to a new online licensing system called “eLicense Ohio.”  This new system will replace the Board’s current licensing system.  Effective July 20, 2017, Am. Sub. H.B. 49 amended Section 125.18 (E) of the Ohio Revised Code, creating a non-refundable transaction fee for all eLicense Ohio transactions resulting in the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of a license or registration served by the eLicense Ohio portal.  The revenue generated from this eLicense system transaction fee is paid to the State of Ohio and supports the operational and maintenance costs of the eLicense Ohio portal. 

New Online Licensure System Coming Published: - Monday, February 05, 2018

The State Cosmetology and Barber Board has been working with State of Ohio information systems developers over the past six months to complete a transition to a new online licensing and renewal system this spring. 

The new system, called “eLicense Ohio,” will bring Ohio’s professional licensing and renewal processes fully into the digital age, providing licensees with a secure online system that will allow online payment, while eliminating the need for paper applications and payments via personal checks.  The system will provide confirmation of fee payments and application submissions and will improve the ability of the Board to communicate with licensees. 

Sometime in early May, 2018 you will be receiving login information, including a security code, which you will need to register in eLicense Ohio.

If you have recently changed your email address or want to enter a new email address, you can update your information in the current licensing system by following these directions:

  2. Click on “UPDATE ADDRESS INFORMATION” and then Click on “LOGIN” at the bottom of the page.  You will need your username and password.  If you do not have this information, please contact the Board at (614) 466-3834.

We are excited and look forward to being able to continue to provide outstanding customer service to our licensees. Future enhancements to the licensing system will allow us to serve you even better.

Board Meeting
The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board's
next Board meeting will be held on
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
at the offices located in Grove City, Ohio.

About the Board

Am. Sub. H.B. 49 was signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich on July 1, 2017, which created the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board (COS), effective January 21, 2018. This newly formed agency will continue the work of the former Boards through the effective licensing and regulation of Cosmetology, branches of cosmetology, Barbering, and Tanning Services.  Over the next few months, the new Board will be working hard to improve workflow, application processing, examination services, and updating rules.  Licensees are encouraged to regularly visit the Board’s website to obtain a variety of information on the Board’s activities, including meeting minutes, meeting announcements, rule filings, and frequently asked questions.  Questions relating to the new Board can be sent by email to or by telephoning the Board at (614) 466-3834.