Amend the Barbering and Cosmetology Licensing Laws

Last updated: Jun 20, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Matthea Daughtry, House 49
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1768



UPDATE 6/20/19: The governor has signed this bill.


This bill makes changes to the laws governing barbering and cosmetology.

It eliminates the demonstrator license.

It eliminates the barber license and renames the "limited barbering" license the "barber hair styling" license.

It clarifies provisions regarding establishment owners and booth owners by creating level 1 establishments and level 2 establishments and providing that leased space is considered an establishment.

It replaces references to "shop" with "establishment."

It clarifies that the cosmetology scope of practice includes shaving.

It exempts certain cosmetology-associated activities from licensure requirements.

It allows the practice of cosmetology, barber hair styling, aesthetics and nail technology on inmates of institutions of the Department of Corrections.

It changes the 7-day reporting requirement for the change of ownership or location of an establishment to a 10-day reporting requirement for consistency with general reporting requirements of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, section 8003-G. Where applicable, the bill adds the word "calendar" to other reporting requirements. The bill eliminates the necessity of submitting a new application and fee for an establishment location change and makes a location change of a level 1 establishment or level 2 establishment a reporting requirement. The new location is still subject to meeting all current laws and rules and inspection requirements.

It repeals provisions regarding the age and minimum education requirements for initial practice licenses.

It clarifies reporting requirements for trainees for a change in employer or qualified supervisor and also clarifies the number of trainees per establishment that may be trained at one time.

It authorizes the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation to issue a license to a person who holds a valid license in another jurisdiction of the United States.

Current law requires that a student enrolling in a course of study be at least 16 years of age. The bill adjusts the minimum school enrollment age to 15 years of age with the stipulation that the student turns 16 years of age at some point during the student's course of study.

It exempts career and technical education centers that do not collect student tuition for a course of study from surety bond and financial audit requirements.