Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Easing licensing requirements for grandfathered licensees failing to renew licensure
Action 6199
General Information
Action Summary The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology seeks to revise its current requirement for individuals failing to renew licensure within two years following the expiration date. The existing regulations requires the former licensee or certificate holder to apply for licensure or certification as a new applicant and meet all current entry requirements for the respective license or certificate. Frequently, individuals licensed under a grandfathering provision are unable to meet current training requirements. The revised regulations include language to allow a practitioner who obtained their initial license via a grandfathering provision but let the license expire to apply for re-licensure by demonstrating five years of licensed practice in the profession in lieu of current training requirements. As a result, individuals licensed under grandfathering conditions will be able to retake the exam after providing satisfying documentation to the Board verifying five years of work experience. This will enable them to swiftly reenter the profession without undergoing additional training.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 41-20 Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 41 - 50 Tattooing Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
  18 VAC 41 - 60 Body-Piercing Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
  18 VAC 41 - 70 Esthetics Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7515]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9946 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/01/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.