Maryland Barber License

Maryland Barber License

To get a Maryland barber license you have to apply to the Maryland Board of Barbers. It is a state body that is responsible for the qualification and licensing of the individuals who seek to become professionals in this sphere.

In addition to qualification, this body also issues permits to business entities and sets certain health and safety criteria for barbershops and trade schools.

To obtain a legal permit you also have to participate in the examination and get an acceptable score. Next, pay the fees and get the licensure.


The main requirements set by the Board are:

  1. First of all, completion of at least 1200 hours of training at a special school, is a must. Training has to cover both theory and practice. The applicant has to know the basics of haircutting, styling, and coloring. Facials, shaving, and facial hair design also have to be part of the program.
    The theoretical part includes MD laws, rules, and regulations in that sphere. It is vital to know also anatomy, chemistry, and electricity. If you have plans to open your own business explore management and sales too.
  2. Instead of trade school, you may complete a minimum of 2250 hours of training under the supervision of a certified professional. You have to be authorized as an apprentice. For the registration as an apprentice, you have to fill out a special application form. You also have to provide a sponsorship form.
  3. You have to pass an exam on theory and practice. While preparing for the exam, the Bulletin of MD Barber Candidate Information will help you a lot. Before registering and scheduling theoretical and practical exams read the manual.

Theory exam

For completion of this test, the board gives you 2 hours. During that time, you have to answer 100 questions. To pass it and obtain certification, you should get a score of %70 or higher. The questions will cover general concepts, hair, and scalp, physical and chemical services, hair styling and shaving, MD laws, rules, and regulations.


For this exam, you are given 84 minutes. Here you need to physically perform men’s hairstyling services. Bring your supply kit and mannequin with you. To pass it, your score has to be %70 or higher.

During the examination, you should practice tapered, basic blended cuts. You will have tasks on shaving. Besides, you have to show a permanent wave and do the final cleanup.

The board holds the examination in a different location. Find all the available addresses in the bulletin.
After successfully passing these two procedures, the Board will send you all the instructions for obtaining your Maryland barber license. This process may last 10 days.

Finally, after receiving the necessary forms and permit number, apply for an Original License. You have to pay a fee of $50.

Endorsement License

In this state, you are eligible to apply for the local licensure, if you already have a valid out-of-state warrant. This means, that you just have to provide the necessary paperwork and get the instate certificate. Make sure you have the following papers with you:

Mail this package to the Board which is located at 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Renewal Procedure

The certificate has to be renewed every two years. For the renewal, there is no need for continuing education.

The renewal cost is $50. In case of late renewal, the state requires to pay $50 for certification and $50 as a late fee.


The testing fee is $79. Separately, each test is $49.
For the application, you have to pay $50.

After completing all the above-mentioned steps, you are ready to start your career. There are such options available as local beauty shops, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

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