OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL STATE OF OKLAHOMA
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION 2013-6
Executive Director Sherry G. Lewelling April 26, 2013
Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology 2401 N. W. 23rd Street, Suite 84 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-2453
Dear Director Lewelling:
This office has received your request for an official Attorney General Opinion in which you ask, in effect, the following question:
Is the Oklahoma Board of Cosmetology authorized by the Oklahoma Cosmetology Act to license and regulate cosmetology schools that provide cosmetology instruction to secondary and post-secondary students?
The Oklahoma Cosmetology Act, 59 O.S. 2011 & Supp.2012, §§ 199.1 through 199.15, governs the practice of cosmetology in Oklahoma. The Cosmetology Act specifically requires that "[e]ach cosmetology school shall be licensed annually by the State Board of Cosmetology." Id. § 199.7(A). It is a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation in this state to "[ojperate or attempt to operate a cosmetology school. . . without having obtained a license therefor from the State Board of Cosmetology." Id. § 199.6(A)(1).
The State Board of Cosmetology, created at Section 199.2, is given a number of powers and duties, including issuing "all certificates of registration, licenses, permits, notices and orders." Id. § 199.3(B)(4). The Board is also required to "[m]ake regular inspections of all cosmetology schools . . . licensed to operate in this state[.]" Id. § 199.3(B)(6). The Board is charged with adopting a curriculum of required courses in theory and training that is designed to qualify students completing the course to take the exam for an operator's license. Id. § 199.7(F).
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