The pre-licensure hours required for restricted barber license has been lowered to 600 hours, effective January 1, 2020. For more information, click here.



Krista Woodard, Executive Director

The Barbers’ Board is responsible for licensing and regulating barbers. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.

Getting Started In Barbers


BB – A “barber” is a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of barbering in the State of Florida. The term “barbering” means any of the following practices when done for remuneration and for the public, but not when done for the treatment of disease or physical or mental ailments: shaving, cutting, trimming, coloring, shampooing, arranging, dressing, curling, or waving the hair or beard; or applying oils, creams, lotions, or other preparations to the face, scalp, or neck, either by hand or by mechanical appliances.

Restricted Barber

BR – A “restricted barber” – a person whose practice is restricted to the terms, conditions and restrictions imposed on their license such as: hair cutting, shave, shampoo, blow dry hair, and apply hair tonics and hair sprays.

Barber Assistant

BA – A “barber assistant” – a person whose practice is confined solely to shampooing hair and applying hair tonics or conditioner under the supervision of a licensed Barber. The Barbers’ Board no longer issues new Barber Assistants’ licenses but those previously issued are renewed.


BS – A “barbershop” means any place of business wherein the practice of barbering is carried on.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules.  Choose a license type to apply.

Examination Information

DBPR offers examinations in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Candidates who have been approved to sit for an examination may do so by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson VUE. Examinations are available on a daily basis at testing sites throughout the world. For more information, including to schedule an examination, visit the Examination Information page.

Fee Waiver Applications

Prior Criminal Offenses

HB 7125 required the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to post lists of crimes that do not relate to the practice of barbering or the ability to practice barbering, and criminal offenses that were used as a basis for denial of licensure to practice barbering. The bill prohibits the consideration of certain convictions for licensure purposes if the convictions occurred over five years before the date of the application, but allows the consideration of convictions for crimes listed in s. 775.21(4)(a)1, and s. 776.08, Florida Statutes.

Education Course List

Continuing Education (HIV/AIDS)

You may also use the department’s Find a CE Course tool to locate specific subject areas or course topics.

License Types Continuing Education Requirements Fee Expiration Date
Barber 2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours board-approved HIV/AIDS $75 7/31/EVEN Year
Restricted Barber 2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours board-approved HIV/AIDS $75 7/31/EVEN year
Barber Assistant N/A $5 7/31/EVEN Year
Barber Shop N/A $110 11/30/EVEN year

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Barbers' Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040