Montana Barber License

Montana Barber License

Are you interested in getting a Montana barber license? If so, you should know that the average salary per hour is $14.60. Furthermore, the average annual salary based on 2021 updates is about $42,400. As of today, the highest-paying US states for barbering are Washington, Maryland, and Oklahoma. However, MT does step back and this is why you should aim for a permit.  This article contains the ins and outs of the licensing process.

Montana Barber License Requirements

To obtain the permit and become an authorized professional, there are a number of steps to take. During the application, the applicant submits the following:

  • Documents proving that the licensee is at least 18 years old (driver’s license)
  • Proof of the required education
  • High school diploma
  • Examination results (75% and higher score)

Many people wonder if they can work before getting the permit. In reality, you can only start practicing after getting it.

The fixed fee for the entry is $80.

You have two options to apply. Either you can fill it in online or send it to the state Board by the following mailing address:

PO Box 200513
301 South Park, Floor 4
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Telephone: (406) 841-2202
Fax: (406) 841-2309

Anyway, online entries are far more efficient and preferable. The applications are valid for a whole year.


To be able to pass the examination successfully, the students cover the following themes during the education:

  • Haircutting
  • Use of tools
  • Scalp treatment
  • Hairstyling
  • Blow drying, ironing, curling
  • Hair coloring, lightening
  • Shaving with a razor
  • Skincare

All in all, the course should comprise at least 1100 hours.


The renewal is required every two years. It is encouraged in the period between January and March. The fixed fee for barbers is $80.

Contrary, barbershop licenses should be renewed every year. There is a fixed $85 payment to be made. The best period for the renewal lies between May and July.

Further steps

At the beginning of the career, barbers often rent a chair at hair salons. As they gain more and more clients, it is more preferable to register as a business entity. Moreover, there are a number of options (standard partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, professional corporations, and professional limited liability companies).

Once you choose to have your own barbershop, you will have to obtain additional certificates. Also, there are sanitation and safety demands to be followed.

At last, the latest calculations show that 83% of barbers prefer to open their own shops and work independently.

To open your own business, you will need to take the steps below

  • Submit an application
  • Submit the shop layout plan
  • Provide sale details (if you have obtained the barbershop)
  • Include $85 application and $150 inspection fees

Anyway, before making the final decision and getting into the barbering business, make sure that you have accumulated enough knowledge about the ins and outs of it. This way, you will be able to have a stronger and steadier start.

It goes without saying, that by the time you open your own barbershop, you should have loyal clients and vast experience. Also, some savings are essential if you want to provide the best for your newly opened center.

How to transfer the license to another state

If you want to transfer your barber’s permit from another state to Montana, first of all, you must be from a state where you need to complete at least 1 100 hours of training. Furthermore, you need to have a valid permit, proof of passing both practical and written examinations. If not, you will need to take both of them as soon as possible.

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