Barber Requirements

Applicants for a barber license must be at least 17 years of age, satisfactorily complete 1,800 hours of coursework at a licensed barber college, pass an examination approved by the board and the department, must have completed at least the tenth grade of school or possess an equivalent education, and be of good moral character. Applicants who hold a barber license in another state, jurisdiction, or country for 1 out of 3 years immediately preceding the date of application may become licensed as a barber if the requirements for licensure in the other state, jurisdiction, or country are substantially equivalent to the requirements in Michigan. However, a license may be denied or limited if the applicant has been disciplined or disciplinary action is pending in another state, jurisdiction or country.

Barbers who are currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction may apply for a Michigan license by reciprocity. Click here to download the Reciprocal (Out-of-State) Barber License Application. As an applicant coming from another state or jurisdiction, you may want to refer to the Michigan laws and rules.