Licensing Area: Barbering and Cosmetology


Contact Information for Frequently Called Numbers


Professional and Vocational Licensing
(808) 586-3000

  • Request an application
  • Inquire about licensing requirements
  • Applicants can check on the status of an application
  • Inquire about licensee maintenance requirements


 RICO Consumer Resource Center
(808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-4272


Business Registration Division
(808) 586-2727


Executive Officer

Laureen Kai

(808) 586-2696

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai   274-3141
Maui   984-2400
Hawaii   974-4000
Lanai & Molokai   1-800-468-4644

P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Barber
  • Barber Shop
  • Beauty Operator
  • Beauty Shop
  • Beauty Instructor
  • Beauty School
  • Barber & Cosmetology Apprentice


Biennial December 31 every odd numbered year

Failure to timely renew by the renewal date will result in the forfeiture of the license. After the renewal date, the forfeited license may be restored within 3 years, subject to meeting restoration requirements. A request to restore more than 3 years after forfeiture will require a written explanation along with supporting documentation and shall be subject to approval by the board. 

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS, any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met.  Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet.

Regulating Body

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

Board Composition
7 Members

Lance M. Marugame, Barber, Chairperson

Alexander B. Choi, Public

Angela Howard, Public

Lynnette F. McKay, Cosmetologist

Chad Nelson, Public

Christobal Quintana, Barber

Anne Tokunaga, Cosmetologist


2 Barbers
2 Beauty Operators
3 Public

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