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About the Board

The Board was established in 1934 to protect the public by establishing, maintaining and monitoring sanitary and professional standards in the barber industry. The Board's mission is to enforce those standards through examinations, routine inspections, investigations and disciplinary action. It is mandated by Chapter 4709. Of the Ohio Revised Code to license barbers, barber shops, barber schools and barber teachers and has authority to deny, suspend or revoke a license for just cause.


The Ohio Barber Board is to be abolished January 21, 2018, per Am. Sub. H.B. 49. Our operations will be merged with the State Cosmetology Board on January 21, 2018 and the Boards will then be renamed the State Cosmetology and Barber Board. For operation convenience, the Barber Board will be moving our office and staff to the office of the Cosmetology Board on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. From this new location, we will continue to operate as an independent Barber Board until the effective date of the merger.


Ohio State Barber Board
1929 Gateway Circle
Grove City, Ohio 43123

Telephone numbers and email addresses remain the same until further notice. 

Please update your records accordingly.

Barber Board Merger Update

Update to the Barber Board Merge...

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Barber Board Merger Info

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AEQUO International

The Board has approved AEQUO International https://aequointernational.com as the sole provider of education evaluations for barber license applicants...Read More

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Governor Kasich Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign...Read More

Board Meetings

Meetings will be held second Thursday every other month. Please check the schedule often for meetings and other important dates.

Exam Dates

Arrive at 8:30 a.m. Exams Start at 9:00 a.m.

  • Monday December 4, 2017
  • Monday December 18, 2017 
  • Monday January 8, 2018
  • Monday January 29, 2018
  • Monday February 12, 2018
  • Monday February 26, 2018
  • Monday March 12, 2018 
  • Monday March 26, 2018
Please Note: Exams are held at the
Ohio State College of Barber Styling
4614 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43213

For Directions click here


Ed Highley, Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Tel: 614-466-5003 | Fax: 614-387-1694