Iowa Board of Barbering - Apply, Renew and Reactivate

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Application Guidelines

The documents below explain the required steps to complete the application process.  While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously. Best practice is to apply for a new license online.
Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go .
To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.
Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received, typically within 5 business days.
  • Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
  • Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.

Application Rules

Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee.
Exam Information

NIC Candidate Bulletins


Barber Schools

Cosmetologists and Barbers of Iowa (CBI)
7622 Briarwood Circle
Little Rock, AR 72205
Tel: (501) 227-8262
150 W Civic Center Blvd, Suite 601
Sandy, Utah 84070
Toll Free: 866-720-7768 Call or Text: 801-733-4455 (Messaging rates may apply)
Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm CST Monday-Friday
Federal Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeships
Job Finder:


Iowa HHS Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-0254
Fax: (515) 281-3121

Online Licensure Services:


Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays