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Online Services Web Site

The web site will allow individuals to complete the following tasks:

  • Apply for initial licensure
  • Renew your license
  • Reactivate your license
  • Request a license verification
  • Change your address
  • Attach documents to your license
  • File a complaint
  • List of licensees

The Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed Cosmetologists and investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct.

The Board is the link between the consumer and the licensed Cosmetologists and, as such, promotes the public health, welfare and safety.

Licensees are responsible for meeting all licensure requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Select Laws and Rule listed on the left and scroll through the Rules for detailed information about Licensure Definitions, Licensure Renewal, Reactivation and other important content specific to this profession.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The Iowa Board of Cosmetology cannot endorse a specific course and does not approve continuing education.  Iowa's associations and licensed schools of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences and Barbering are a good starting point when searching for continuing education hours. The Board rules currently allow unlimited online continuing education hours. Please be sure your continuing education provider will issue you a certificate that meets the requirements as outlined in IAC 645 Chapter 64. 

Iowa's Licensed Cosmetology School

Iowa's Licensed Barbering Schools

Iowa NIC Exam Provider

The Iowa Department of Public Health has contracted with PSI to provide examination services. The Department, through PSI, will exclusively use the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) examinations.  You may schedule your appointment without prior approval from the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences at the discretion of your school. The fee outlined in the Candidate Bulletin is for each examination, whether you are taking the examination for the first time or repeating. Exam fees are paid directly to PSI; do not send exam fees to the Board. Exam fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable  




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Contact Information & Office Hours

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://amanda-portal.idph.state.ia.us/ibpl/portal/

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov


Office Hours:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays