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The mission of the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology is to regulate the instruction and practice of cosmetology and related professions by establishing rules and regulations relating to qualifications for licensure and procedures for the administration of examination prior to licensure, and by establishment of rules and regulations setting forth sanitation requirements for the operation of cosmetological establishments, for the benefit of the consumer and for the public health.


All information provided on the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology (MSBC) website is believed to be correct. However, no liability is assumed for errors in substance or form of any of the materials published on this website. Electronic versions of documents appearing on this site do not display the text of these documents exactly as the printed versions.

The MSBC provides the information contained in this website as a service to the Internet community. The MSBC tries to provide quality information, but makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website.

In addition, MSBC is not liable for information on sites that are linked to the MSBC site. Further, the MSBC is not responsible for any content contained on sites that are linked to the MSBC website.​​​​​​​​​



NOTICE - The Mississippi Board of Cosmetology (the "Board") has implemented new procedures for any individual who has been approved for an initial operator license.  A temporary letter of authorization to work will be sent to expedite a notice of eligibility to work.  The orginal letter must be posted in the operator's work area at all times.  A license will be mailed once processed.  

NOTICE - The Mississippi Board of Cosmetology (the “Board”) has implemented new procedures in hopes of expediting violations that are pending before the Board. Those that were found to have committed a violation will be mailed a letter, Consent Agreement, and a copy of the Violation Form. Refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) quick link regarding the new procedures.


Please find the most recent revision of Temporary/Emergency Rules and Regulations governing the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology as filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office Sept 22 2014 Clean.pdfSept 22 2014 Clean.pdf.

Please note: The last day Pearson VUE will be testing the Mississippi Cosmetology exams will be Wednesday, December 31, 2014. We encourage candidates to schedule as early as possible to test prior to this date. As a reminder, all candidates must present their Board-issued approval letter to sit for an exam.

Please be advised that pending successful contract negotiations, the award will be made to Professional Credential Services, Inc. for an initial contract term of two (2) years.  Continue to visit this website for future updates as they become available.
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The Board of Cosmetology, in keeping with an opinion of the MS. State Board of Medical Licensure has issued a position statement that prohibits the use of laser unless the individual is under the supervision of a physician. ​

1/1/2013 | View full article >>


Any individual who fails to provide I.D. to an agent of the board, during an inspection, when requested, will result in a citation being issued to the owner/manager of a salon (Refer to Rule 111.)​​

1/1/2013 | View full article >>

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What is the processing time for a new or renewed license?
Licenses are mailed 6-8 weeks from the date of qualification. The qualification date for renewals is the date the correct fee, renewal form and passport photo is received in the Board office; for new practitioners it is the date the correct fee, examination results and passport photo are received; for new salons, it is the date the approval was received from the inspector.​
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  • 239 N. Lamar Street, Suite 301
    Jackson, MS 39201
  • PO Box 55689
    Jackson, MS 39296-5689
  • Phone: 601.359.1820
    Fax: 601.354.6639