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Board of Cosmetology

Also known as:
Board of Cosmetologist Examiners (2009 - 2017)
Active dates:July 1, 2009 -

The Board of Cosmetologist Examiners oversees the administration, enforcement, regulation, and adoption of rules regulating the cosmetologist profession.


Cosmetologists and barbers have long been overseen by a regulatory board in Minnesota. For a complete history of cosmetology boards in Minnesota, please see the agency records for groups that preceded this one, linked above.

The 2009 Legislature (Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 78, Article 6) split the Board of Barber and Cosmetologist Examiners into two separate boards effective July 1, 2009. Cosmetologist members of the Board of Barber and Cosmetologist Examiners are transferred to the new Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and will serve the remainder of their unexpired term on the new board.

Laws of Minnesota 2014, Chap. 162 made various changes to the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners. Minnesota law now allows a person with a current license from another state to obtain a license from Minnesota by passing both a board-approved theory and practice-based examination and the Minnesota-specific written operator examination for cosmetology, nail technician or esthetician. Under previous Minnesota law, the person needed to only pass one of these two examinations.

In conjunction with a statewide rebranding campaign, the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners changed its name to the Board of Cosmetology, effective August 28, 2017.


In 2014, the membership changed to seven members appointed by the Governor; two cosmetologists, two school instructors, one esthetician, one nail technician, and one public member. Previously, the board consisted of four members appointed by the Governor, including three cosmetologists and one public member.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Record last updated: 01/31/2019

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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