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Although the Capitol Complex is open to the public the Department of State is not open for visitors to enter NOB offices. Those constituents who wish to drop of materials for the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or the Bureau of Elections should be advised to utilize the drop box across the street at the entrance of the Keystone Complex. Those with questions can be provided with the following phone number: 717-783-3945 and their call will be forwarded to the appropriate agency.
Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs staff are continuing to process applications as quickly as possible during this emergency. In order to increase the number of health care providers to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, the Governor has suspended certain licensing provisions. Due to the public health risk surrounding the Coronavirus, we are currently unable to accept walk-in customers and phone calls. For all inquiries, please utilize the email addresses found on the Board Contact Information webpage.
The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.
For more details visit:
State Board of Barber Examiners
The State Board of Barber Examiners regulates the licensure and practice of the barbering profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board has jurisdiction over the procedures for obtaining a license to become a barber, manager-barber or barber-teacher. Through its agents, the Board inspects, approves and registers all barber shops and schools of barbering and prescribes the sanitary requirements for the individual establishment. By performing these functions, the Board protects the public from gross incompetence, unethical or dishonest practice or conduct, and the spread of contagious and infectious disease.
GUIDANCE FOR BARBER SHOPS PERMITTED TO OPERATE DURING THE GREEN PHASE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC
Information on the Governor’s Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania
The plan for Pennsylvania can be found here:
More information on the full process to Reopen Pennsylvania can be found here
Renewal Deadline Extensions for Barbers
Pearson Vue testing site closure information
The best method for candidates to register for an exam is to log into their Pearson VUE account, via the web at: https://home.pearsonvue.com/pa/bpoa, and search for an exam date & time; candidates can then enter different zip codes and a mile radius as well for alternate options.
Visit our COVID Webpage: https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update
- Click on the FAQ Hyperlink for questions and answers regarding scheduling and rescheduling.
Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
For updated guidance regarding online education during the COVID-19 outbreak:
IF YOUR LICENSE IS EXPIRED, YOU MUST CONTACT THE BOARD OFFICE TO REQUEST A REACTIVATION APPLICATION.
You may contact the Board office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-783-3402.
**Please provide your license number and full name as it appears on your license when emailing or calling the Board office. If you do not know your license number, you can search for your personal or salon/shop license at https://www.pals.pa.gov
Please note that neither
the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal
advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the
law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any
given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or
professional organization for advice or guidance.