Announcements

West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists office temporarily closed to the public - 3/24/2020

In our attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, the office of the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists will be closed to the public beginning on March 25, 2020. The Board staff is only available by e-mail or by phone at (304) 558-2924.  Applications for initial licensure, registration, or certification must be sent by regular mail to the Board’s office located at 1201 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064. All other applications may be renewed online or by regular mail.

Board Office Contact Information

Name Title Division E-Mail
Danielle J. Cordle Executive Director Administration/Finance/Complaints Danielle.J.Cordle@wv.gov
Jason P. Graves Deputy Director Salon/Shop Inspections/Finance Jason.P.Graves@wv.gov
Crystal R. Severson Administrative Assistant II Continuing Education/Applications for Registration by Reciprocity Crystal.R.Severson@wv.gov
Kiana L. Carroll Secretary I License and Booth Rental Information Kiana.L.Carroll@wv.gov
Salon and Shop Closure Required by 12:00 A.M. on March 20, 2020 - 3/20/2020

By executive order of the Governor, ALL salons and shops are to close by 12:00 A.M. on March 20, 2020.
Please click the links below to view the official order and a letter from the Board .

Executive Order

Letter from Danielle J. Cordle, Executive Director

COVID-19 Outbreak - Attention Schools of Barbering and Cosmetology and Barber Apprenticeship Providers - 3/16/2020

In response to the closure of all pre-k – 12 schools in West Virginia as announced by Governor Jim Justice on Friday, March 13, 2020, the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists (“Board”) will temporarily authorize students and apprentices to earn theory hours from home (distance learning) until such time it is announced that schools in West Virginia can reopen. The Board will continue to monitor this situation closely and an update will be provided to schools and apprenticeship providers.

Any questions or concerns can be handled online by e-mailing wvbbc@wv.gov or by calling (304) 558-2924.

COVID-19 Outbreak - 3/13/2020

The Board is actively monitoring the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak which is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Please be aware that Board-regulated salons, shops, and schools will not be forced to close by the Board in light of this outbreak. However, this is an evolving situation, so information and recommendations may be updated based on the latest information provided by West Virginia health officials. The Board would like to encourage everyone to continue to follow safe and sanitary practices to stay healthy and use best practices in infection control.

All questions for the Board can be handled online by e-mailing wvbbc@wv.gov or by calling (304) 558-2924. For additional information, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov or call the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.

Booth/Chair Rental Requirements - 8/30/2018

Pursuant to W. Va. Code § 30-27-19(a)(2) any professional licensee or certificate holder who elects to rent or lease a booth or chair from a licensed salon owner and/or operator must register with the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, register with the state Tax Division and present the registration to the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Effective August 26, 2018, the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists voted to adopt the following policy regarding booth/chair rental registration requirements:

If you are NOT renting or leasing a booth or chair from a licensed salon owner and/or operator, you must provide documentation upon request by a Board investigator/inspector that the salon owner and/or operator is withholding taxes on your behalf. Acceptable documentation includes a W-2 form if employed more than one (1) year or pay stubs if employed less than one (1) year.

If you ARE renting or leasing a booth or chair from a licensed salon owner and/or operator, you must register with the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists and the state Tax Division by submitting a copy of your business registration certificate from the state Tax Division to the Board's office along with a completed booth/chair rental registration application and a check or money order in the amount of $15.00 payable to WVBBC. Booth registrations are required to be renewed annually by July. Please mail completed booth/chair rental applications to WVBBC; 1201 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

To register with the state Tax Division online, please visit www.business4wv.com. Failure to provide proof that a salon owner and/or operator is withholding taxes on your behalf to a Board investigator/inspector upon request or failure to properly register with the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists and the state Tax Division will result in immediate disciplinary action including but not limited to: administrative fine, not to exceed $1,000 per day per violation or other corrective action deemed necessary by the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.

Continuing Education Requirements - 12/7/2017

There was a legislative change during the 2017 session related to professional license and certificate renewal requirements for all persons licensed and/or certified by the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Pursuant to W.Va. Code 30-27-10 (1) When a barber or cosmetologist has been licensed and in practice for ten (10) years, that barber or cosmetologist will not be required to complete any continuing education other than a three (3) hour sanitation class every other year for a period of ten (10) years.

Effective July 6, 2017, all active barbers and cosmetologists that have been in practice for twenty (20) years or more are exempt from the continuing education requirement. All active nail technicians, aestheticians, hairstylists, and waxing specialists are required to earn a minimum of four (4) hours of continuing education credits annually. However, after an active nail technician, aesthetician, hairstylist, or waxing specialist has been licensed and/or certified for twenty (20) years or more are exempt from completing four (4) hours of continuing education annually, but must continue to take a three (3) hour sanitation course every other year.

Foreign Transcripts or Diploma - 11/3/2015

If you have a foreign high school diploma, foreign transcripts from a beauty school or if you attended a domestic online high school and wish to apply for a license with the West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, you must have your education evaluated by a professional evaluation company. The Board has approved Aequo International as the sole provider of education evaluations for cosmetology, nail technician, hair styling, aesthetics and barbering candidates with international and domestic online education. Candidates are responsible for paying the application fee of $125. Click here to apply for an evaluation. Candidates must submit original or official educational documents directly to Aequo International for evaluation purposes. Please do not send your documents to the West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, we will not evaluate them. Once the evaluation is complete, Aequo International will send an electronic evaluation report to the board for review. If you have any questions about the education evaluation application or process, please contact Aequo International at 844.882.3786 or via email at info@aequointernational.com.

Continuing Education - 1/1/2012

Continuing education starts during the period of January 1st, 2012-December 31st, 2012. Documentation of hours will be needed for the January 2013 renewal period.

No longer accepting cash - 9/1/2010
As of 9/1/2010, cash will no longer be accepted by the Board office. Payments are requested to be made by check, money order, or credit/debit card.

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