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How to become a licensed barber in Idaho

Requirements for Idaho Barber License

What are the requirements to become a barber in Idaho?

Barbering is an occupation that is regulated by the State of Idaho. This means that Idaho Board of Barber Examiners (IBBE) issues licenses to qualified individuals and regulates the field.

In addition to getting their license from the IBBE, a barber may choose to start their own business. A barber can file with the Idaho Secretary of State to create an entity such as a corporation or limited liability company. Many individual barbers in Idaho form an LLC and are hired by salons or barber shops as independent contractors. By getting paid through the LLC, you eliminate a lot of liability and can save yourself some taxes down the road when you become profitable.

Candidates for barber licensure in Idaho must:

  • Complete the tenth grade
  • Be at least sixteen years of age
  • Complete 900 hours of training for barbering or 1800 hours for barber-styling
  • Graduate from approved school
  • Pass a licensure exam
  • Pass the Idaho Jurisprudence exam

How do I get a license to practice barbering in Idaho?

Submit the Idaho Application for Licensure to the Idaho Board of Barber Examiners (IBBE).

Idaho State Board of Barber Examiners
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street, PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0063

How much does the barber license cost?

The barber or barber stylist license fee is $25 The annual renewal fee is $25

Are there any continuing education requirements for Idaho Barbers?

Idaho barbers are not required to complete any continuing education.

Are there any additional requirements if I want to set up my own barber shop in Idaho?

Yes. Barber shops are required to have an additional license and cannot perform any services until the license is issued. A barber shop must meet a variety of safety and sanitation requirements before it is licensed.

How do I get an Idaho barber shop license?

Submit your Idaho Application for Establishment License and fees to the ISBBE. All establishment applications must include a floor plan of the layout of the shop.

How much does an Idaho barber shop license cost?

The Idaho barber shop license costs $50 plus an additional $35 annually to renew the license.

I want to start a barber business in Idaho, is there anything else I should know?

Idaho does not require barbers to set up any one type of entity, except that they cannot form professional corporations or LLCs. Idaho does not require businesses to indicate the type of service they perform in the business name.

Idaho does have some restrictions on the use of the barber pole. Only a licensed barber may place a barber pole in a location that would give the public the impression that there is a barber shop nearby, unless it is done by a business which is a licensed establishment that is leasing space to or employing a licensed barber.


Idaho Board of Barber Examiners (IBBE)

Idaho SOS