Colorado License Requirements

Last Updated: April 25, 2017

Before you can begin your cosmetology career in the state of Colorado, it’s important to ensure that you meet the training and examination requirements of the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure. When you choose a school, you must select a school/program that is approved by the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure. Furthermore, your program must meet the minimum training requirements listed below.

Once your training is complete, you can get your license by taking licensing exams through the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure. Your license will be sent to you after you earn a passing score. The state of Colorado does not allow you to meet your training requirements via an apprenticeship. Colorado allows the licensing exam, offered through PSI, to be taken in English only.

You’re now able to work in the state of Colorado at a registered and licensed beauty salon or shop. Keep in mind, even though Colorado may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Colorado annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure directly for more information.

If you’re ready to explore the world of beauty and cosmetology, learn more about Colorado beauty schools and what you have to learn to become a successful beauty professional.

2017 Colorado Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Colorado Cosmetology License Renewal

Barber, esthetician, hairstylist and manicurist licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years and cost $26 to renew or $41 to reinstate if you have allowed your license to lapse. All cosmetologist licenses expire on April 30 on an annual basis. These licenses cost $32 to renew or $47 to reinstate. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Colorado. However, continuing education should be considered part of the field and part of doing business as a cosmetologist.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in Colorado

If you have a cosmetology license from another state or country, you may be able to apply for Colorado licensure via endorsement. First, you must have the licensing agency of your home state or country send proof of your license in good standing to the Office of Barbering and Cosmetology Licensure. If your license is not currently active, you must meet the educational requirements of the state of Colorado. This also involves passing the licensing examinations for your specialty.

CO State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: 303-894-7800
Fax Number: 303-894-0364
E-mail Address:

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology if you need help replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address or for any additional questions about obtaining a Colorado state cosmetology license.