Requirements for Barbers, Beauticians and Manicurists

PURPOSE OF LICENSURE:  To set standards of qualifications, education, training and experience for persons engaged in the fields of Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair braiding and Manicuring. To promote high standards of professional performance for those persons working in the profession.  To ensure that everyone engaged in work in the profession is duly licensed.

PERIOD OF LICENSURE:  All permanent licenses are issued on an annual basis.  Temporary Licenses are issued for three (3) months.

EXAMINATION:
All persons interested in becoming a licensed Barber, Cosmetologist, Esthetician Hair braiding or Manicurist in the Virgin Islands are required to sit a written and practical examination. The practical examination is administered in February, July and October of each year and the theory examination is computer-based offered online weekly through PSI Testing Services, LLC, www.psiexams.com or call (800) 733-9267.

The examination fee is $200.00 for the theory and $100.00 for the practical.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

REQUIREMENTS FOR TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT LICENSES: 

  1. Completed and notarized application, which may be obtained from the Office of Boards and Commissions at the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.
  2. Three (3) 2x2 photographs of applicant.
  3. Two (2) professional references.
  4. One (1) character reference.
  5. Official school transcript identifying number of hours completed in respective field.
  6. Valid Health Card.
  7. Payment of Required Fees.
  8. If seeking licensure by endorsement
    • Verification of license from another state
    • Verification of passing state board exam (both practical and theory)

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN APPRENTICE LICENSE:

  1. Completed and notarized application, which may be obtained from the Office of Boards and Commissions at the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.
  2. Three (3) 2x2 photographs of applicant.
  3. Valid V.I. Health Card.
  4. Letter from a licensed cosmetologist, barber or manicurist whose direction, supervision and training apprentice will be working under in the respective field.
  5. Payment of Required Fees.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL LICENSE:

  1. Three (3) 2x2 photographs of applicant.
  2. Evidence of being a licensed beautician/cosmetologist for 5 years
  3. Evidence of licensed instructors, if more than one
  4. Board of Education Approval of Curriculum
  5. VI Police Background Check
  6. Dept of Planning & Natural Resources (DPNR) Approval of Zoning Location
  7. Dept of Health Inspection
  8. VI Fire Service Inspection
  9. Board of Barbers, Beauticians, and Manicurist Approval
  10. Payment of Required Fees.

REQUIRED HOURS:  The following hours are required for permanent licensure in the respective fields.

COSMETOLOGY 1500 HOURS
BARBER 500 HOURS
MANICURIST 500 HOURS
ESTHETICIAN 600 HOURS
HAIR BRAIDING 250 HOURS

Renewal of License Requires:

In order to renew both a professional and or business license, visit the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs’ website, www.dlca.vi.gov, and follow the simple steps in order to obtain a reference number and choose your payment option.
A favorable tax approval is required and shall be provided electronically from the VIBIR.

LICENSE FEES:

REQUIRED LICENSE FEES:

Application Fee Non-Refundable $  50.00
Beautician $  65.00
Barber $  65.00
Manicurist $  97.50
Esthetician $130.00
Hair Braiding $130.00
Apprentice $ 39.00
Temporary License $  13.00
Beauty Salon $  97.50
Barber Shop $  97.50
Manicurist Salon $130.00
Initial Shop License $195.00
Cosmetology School $260.00

 

WEBSITE
www.dlca.vi.gov

MAILING ADDRESSES

ATTENTION: NATHALIE HODGE Email: nathalie.hodge@dlca.vi.gov
  ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER  
  BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS  

ST. CROIX

ST. THOMAS

V.I. Board of Barbers, Beauticians and Manicurists   V.I. Board of Barbers, Beauticians and Manicurists
Depart. of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Depart. of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
3000 Golden Rock Shopping Center, Suite 9 Property & Procurement Bldg.
Christiansted, VI  00820-4311 No.1 Sub Base
  St. Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 713-DLCA(3522) phone (340) 714-DLCA(3522) phone
(340) 718-6908 fax (340) 776-8303 fax

BOARD MEMBERS
Ada Brooks, Chairman
Shani Carbon
Gerian James
Luz Luis
Nora Williams, Vice-Chairman

 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION:

ST. CROIX:  Genitha Jean-Baptiste Genitha.JeanBaptiste@dlca.vi.gov                 Ext. 3252

ST. THOMAS: Tiffany Grosvenor-Stevens  tiffany.grosvenor@dlca.vi.gov           Ext. 4252

 

Revised 02/2020 by the Office of Boards and Commissions