Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Note:In additon to this FAQ, you can view our
Consumer Guidelines by clicking the preceding link.
What is my license/permit/record ID number?
Your number is the RED number
located in the upper right corner of your license/permit. This
number and/or your Social Security number should be on
everything you submit to our office.
Why do I have to send in a photo?
The photo you send will be scanned onto your license. This photo
must be a 2" x 2" passport photo (color, head-and-shoulders, full frontal
view). Snapshots, glamour shots, cell phone shots paper photos
or "selfies" are not acceptable. A passport photo may be purchased
from businesses that provide passport photo services.
Only one (1) photo is required.
When do I have to renew my personal license?
For Barbers, personal licenses are renewed in even-numbered years
during your birth month. For Cosmetologists, Estheticians,
Manicurists, Eyebrow Threaders, Estheticians/Manicurists, Manicure/Waxers and Natural Hair Stylists, personal
licenses are renewed in odd-numbered years during your birth month.
Renewals postmarked after the last day of your birth month will be
assessed a late fee of $50.
If your license is expired for more than four (4) years, you must
pass the practical exam then pay the back fees to when your license
expired. Please contact our office for this application.
How do I open a new shop?
Please complete the New Shop Application under Applications
Section on our
Guidelines for New Shops
Example of Inspection Report and Explanation
Please follow all instructions. The application must be in our office at least 30
days before the opening date.
Any questions concerning new shops, please contact Donna in our office at
How do I change the name or location of a shop?
You may download the Shop Change application from the Applications Section of our website.
Please follow all instructions.
When do I have to renew my shop or school license?
All shop and school licenses expire on September 30th and must be
renewed by October 31st in odd-numbered years. Renewals postmarked
after October 31st will be assessed a late fee of $50.
How do I renew my license?
You may renew online – on our homepage, just click on “Online
Renewals” and follow the instructions.
If you’d rather print out a renewal and mail it in, go to the
Applications Section of our website, print a renewal application and
mail it to our office with the requirements listed.
Why do you need my Social Security number for License information?
This requirement is mandated by the Federal “Personal Responsibility
and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996” and Section
30-3-194 of the Code of Alabama, 1975. If your Social Security card
requires INS Authorization or DHS Authorization, you must also send
a copy of your Permanent Resident card or Naturalization or other
permission to work.
A print-out from the Social Security Administration is unacceptable.
You must send a copy of your actual Social Security card.
Why do I have to renew during my birth month if I just received my
By law, no license is valid for more than two (2) years. After
successfully completing both exams, the $40 original license fee
that you pay is just that – an original license fee. Once you have
an original license, you then renew every two (2) years during your
What is an instructor?
To become an instructor, you are required to attend a licensed
school that offers a Instructor training program, and take and pass
both sections of the instructor exam.
If I hold a manicurist license, what do I need to do to be able to
A licensed manicurist may attend a licensed school for 160 hours to
be able to also wax. The school must certify the hours to our office
and your manicurist license must be sent in with this certification.
A new license with the title of Manicurist/Waxer will be issued to
you. The fee for this is $40..
If I am licensed in another state, how do I transfer that license to
First, you must request that Certification Letter from your current
state be sent to our office with your current address on it. This
must be sent directly from your current state directly to our office.
This should not be sent to you to be forwarded to our office, but should
be sent to us by the state office only. Wait 2 (two) weeks after you request
this before contacting our office. We can do nothing without this first.
Once we receive this Certification, we will send you the paperwork you must
complete and notify you if you are required to take any exams. There is a
minimum $100 fee for this service.
Any questions concerning reciprocity, please contact Denise in our
How do I transfer my license from Alabama to another state?
You must make a written request for the Board to send a letter of
certification to the state to which you are moving. You may print out
and complete the License Certification Request located in the
of this website. You must include a copy of your
current Alabama License, your Social Security card and current Driver’s
License with your request. For each state you request that Certification
be sent to, there is a $25 fee (money order only
How do I transfer my license from another country to Alabama?
Please contact our office for the correct application. The reciprocity fee is
$100 and you will be required to take and pass both the written and practical
exams. The fee for the written exam is $75.00 (money order only).
How many hours must an apprentice complete and how long does
he/she have to complete them?
2,000 clock hours within 2 years
clock hours within 3 years
2,000 clock hours within 3 years
1,200 clock hours within 2 years
There is no apprenticeship allowed for Natural Hair Stylist or
Manicurist/Waxer or Esthetician/Manicurist..
How many hours must a student complete in a school?
1,000 clock hours
1,000 clock hours
Esthetician/Manicurist 650 clock hours if
already licensed as an Esthetician
750 clock hours
Manicurist/Waxer 160 clock hours if already
licensed as a Manicurist
Natural Hair Stylist 210 clock hours
How soon after completing school or apprenticeship do I have to take
Once you have completed school, you and your instructor are jointly
responsible for applying for the exam within 120 days.
Sponsors for apprentices must certify the apprentice’s hours within
120 days from the date of completion.
How do I change my name on my personal license?
At the time you renew your license, please furnish proof of name
change by sending a copy of your marriage license, driver's license
or certificate of divorce. There is no charge if this is done during
your renewal. If you wish to change your name at a time other than
renewal, please go to the Applications Section of
our website and complete a Request for Duplicate Personal License
application -- there is a $25 fee for this.
How do I change my address on my personal license?
You must inform the board promptly in writing of any address change.
You may send in a Personal Address Change Form (located in the
Applications Section of our website) or you may just send it in
writing by mail or fax (must include your license number or Social Security
number). Your file will be amended so that you may be
sure to receive correspondence from the Board.
If my license is lost or stolen how do I get another one?
You may download the Request for Duplicate Personal License located in the
Applications Section of our website or contact
our office at (800) 815-7453 for the correct application.
How do I file a complaint?
You may submit a written and signed letter or download a copy of the
complaint form from the Applications Section of this website and
follow instructions. The person or shop or school you are making the
complaint against does receive a copy of the complaint. By Law, we
are unable to accept anonymous complaints. If the Board pursues this matter, you are required to testify at a hearing in Montgomery.
Do I have to send in all of the requirements listed on the
Yes. If all requirements are not received with the application, it
will be returned to you. If you have any questions concerning the
requirements, please contact our office at 1-800-815-7453.
What address do I send my payment and/or application to?
Our mailing address is P. O. Box 301750, Montgomery, AL 36130-1750.
Our physical address is 100 North Union Street, Suite 324,
Montgomery, AL 36104.
Other information concerning the Law changes effective
Barber Exemption 6/9/2015