Updated July 29, 2013
Currently all barber licensing in West Virginia falls under the WV Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists in Charleston.
West Virginia Barber License Requirements
1200 training hours at an approved barber school
Apply for and pass written and practical examination with third party examiner: DL Roope Administration, Inc.: http://www.dlroope.com/west_virginia.cfm?state=7
Up-to-date TB Test (less than one year old)
Examination fees: registration: $10 and examination: $99
Initial license fee of $35.00
West Virginia offers an alternative route to earning a license by completing an apprenticeship under a state licensed barber who has owned his/her shop for at least 5 years.
West Virginia Barber License Renewal
West Virginia Barber License Reciprocity or Transfer
West Virginia requires transfer and reciprocity applicants to pass the West Virginia State Examination. Those requesting transfer from National-Interstate Council (NIC) states that require passing the NIC written and practical may sit for the state exam as soon as the Board reviews their documentation. Non-NIC state transfers must have their credentials reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The cost to transfer a license is $100. Of note: West Virginia does not accept reciprocity from California.
West Virginia Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists
1716 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 7
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: (304) 558-2924
Fax: (304) 558-3450