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South Carolina Board of Barber Examiners

Board News

  • You are invited to attend the
  • National Association of Barber Boards of America (NABBA) 91st Annual Conference
  • being held on September 17 -18, 2017 at the
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • 300 Wingo Way
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464
  • Please visit to register!
  • It’s Time to Renew Your License!

    Current South Carolina barber licenses will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017. Reminders were mailed in April as a courtesy. If the licenses are not renewed as of June 30, 2017, the licenses are considered expired, and the reinstatement process must be completed in order for you to continue to provide barbering and other related services. It is unlawful to practice without a current license.

    To avoid a delay in licensure/barbering services, you may renew online using the same User ID and password used during the last renewal. If you do not remember or do not have a copy of the User ID and password, you may go to and click on “I Forgot/ Do Not know my User ID”. Please keep in mind that you must have a valid email address on file with the LLR office. If you need to update or confirm your email, please contact BoardInfo@LLR.SC.GOV (ensure that you supply your name and license number for easier identification).


    Barber Assistants – You must be working in a barber shop under the direct supervision of a registered barber or a master haircare specialist. Please ensure that your information is correct prior to accessing the online renewal.

    Barber Instructors – You are required to maintain your registered barber or master hair care specialist licenses in order to continue practicing as a licensed instructor.

    Barber Shop Owners - You must have a licensed barber listed as the manager in order to renew the shop’s license. If the location or ownership of the shop has changed, the current license is not transferrable or renewable. Therefore, you must apply for a new license.

  • Barber Instructor Licensing Memo


  • S.C. Board Members Represent Barbers at National Meeting

  • Barber Board Inspectors will be conducting random checks of permit records for barber school and on-the-job training students. Please make sure that your records are in compliance.

  • Sanitary Rules (pdf)

  • Updated Testing Information/Monthly Barber Hours Memo

  • Barber Board Reinstates Straight Razor Shave Requirement

Per S.C. Code of Law 40-1-70 Section 2a, Powers and Duties of Boards of Professions and Occupations Regulations, the S.C. Board of Barber Examiners voted unanimously at its April 8, 2013, meeting to reinstate the "straight razor shave" as a part of the practical examination phase of testing for all examining applicants for licensure, including Registered Barbers and Master Hair Care Specialist. This will be effective January 1, 2014.

Straight razor blades will be required during testing.

At its February 23, 2015 meeting, the Board voted for the live shave to be untimed and they reaffirmed that straight razor blades will be required during testing as hair removal is a necessary component of a live shave. The Board requires all barber/master haircare applicants to demonstrate each technique of a live shave during the practical examination.

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