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The "Practice of barbering" includes the performance of the following practices upon the head of a human being: shaving or trimming the beard or cutting the hair of humans; giving facial or scalp massage with oils, creams, lotions or other preparations, either by hand or mechanical appliances; singeing, shampooing, arranging, dressing or dyeing the hair or applying hair tonic; applying cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, powders, oils, clays or lotions to scalp, face or neck.

Licensing Requirements

The latest information and requirements for becoming a New York State-licensed barber are available on the website of the New York State Department of State at:


$40 - Initial Application Fee 

Licenses Active and Issued

In 2017, there were 4,870 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of December 31, 2017, there were 10,957 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

39-5011 - Barbers
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/7/18.

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