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Barber (Master) License


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A Master Barber License allows an individual to engage in the occupation of being a barber. This license comes from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS).

A barber is anyone performing the following services for pay upon the head of a human being:
  • shaving or trimming the beard or cutting hair;
  • giving facial or scalp massages;
  • singeing, shampooing, arranging, dressing or dyeing hair or applying hair tonic; and
  • applying cosmetic preparations to the scalp, face or neck.
Applicants must meet education and experience requirements and pass an exam. Applicants licensed in some other states are exempt from the exam.

Most applicants will need to be a barber apprentice for two years before taking the exam. Click the following link for more information about licensing for apprentice barbers.

Additional resources

NYS Department of State

123 William Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038-3804
Phone (518) 473-2492
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