Madison County Barber Information

Class I Barbers are exempt from ABOCB’s statutory authority.  Class I Barbering is defined as shaving or trimming the beard or trimming the hair.  Shops employing only Class I Barbers are not required to obtain a shop license.

Class II Barbering is defined as shaving or trimming the beard, cutting or dressing the hair, giving facial or scalp massages, giving facial or scalp treatment with oils or creams or other preparations made for that purpose, either by hand or by means of mechanical appliances, singeing and shampooing the hair, dyeing the hair, or permanently waving or straightening the hair.

Licensed Madison county barbers can qualify for licensure with the State Board if (1) currently licensed in good standing for at least five years, or (2) currently licensed in good standing for less than five years with successful completion of a Board approved practical exam.

Individuals applying for a reciprocal license should complete this reciprocity application and should request Madison County to provide certification of licensure to our board.  The certification should be emailed directly to the board from Madison County at:

Barber shops employing Class II Barbers or other board licensees (such as Cosmetologists) should apply for a new shop license with our Board.  This application can be found here