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 

For information to register a business

Executive Officer

Constance Cabral

(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 by December 31 every odd numbered year

On-time renewals for the licensing period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 begin on Monday, November 6, 2017 and end midnight (HST) Sunday, December 31, 2017

RENEW by license expiration date of December 31, 2017

Renewal postcard reminders for Barber (BAR), Barber Shop (BAS), Beauty Operator (BEO), Beauty Shop (BSH) and Beauty Instructor (I) license types will be mailed out November 3, 2017

Renewal hardcopy applications for Beauty School (BSC) license types will be mailed out November 3, 2017

Renew online at

“MyPVL” and Renewal FAQs

To be guaranteed a pocket card by December 31, 2017
Renewals should be submitted by November 30, 2017

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.

Late renewals/restorations (BAR and BEO) can be submitted online via “MyPVL” at from January 1, 2018 through midnight (HST), September 30, 2019 and are subject to a late renewal fee.

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

Lynnette F. McKay, Cosmetologist, Chairperson

Alexander B. Choi, Public

Chad Nelson, Public

Margaret Williams, Barber

Vacant, Barber

Vacant, Cosmetologist

Vacant, Public

2 Barbers
2 Beauty Operators
3 Public