Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Temporary License Extension
Action 6451
General Information
Action Summary The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology (“the Board”) seeks to amend the Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations and the Esthetics Regulations to extend temporary licenses from 45 days to 90 days and eliminate a requirement that applicants register for the license examination prior to being issued a temporary license. Under the current regulations, qualified applicants for barbering, cosmetology, nail technician, wax technician, and esthetician licenses are granted a 45-day temporary license to work under licensed professionals while waiting to take and pass the exam. Prior to being issued a temporary license, applicants must register to take the exam. Under the revised regulations individuals completing a training program, or a registered apprenticeship, can submit the appropriate documentation to the Board to receive a 90-day temporary license. Individuals issued a 90-day temporary license can work under licensed professionals and earn income while waiting to take and pass the board-required examination.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 41-20 Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 41 - 70 Esthetics Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7768]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
10311 Fast-Track Comment period is underway and will end on 07/31/2024.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.