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Cosmetology Licensing Requirements by State

Cosmetology licensing requirements

In the United States, you need a cosmetology license to practice as a professional cosmetologist. This includes careers working in salons and spas. Attending a beauty school will help you gain the skills you need to pass your licensing exam. Each state has a minimum required number of training hours you will need to complete in order to be eligible to become licensed. We put together this guide of cosmetology license requirements by state to help you research what your state will require you to complete to start your new career.

Some states allow apprenticeships instead of school hours. A cosmetology license needs to be renewed regularly, and the renewal period varies depending on state, but it us usually around every 2-5 years. There is also usually a fee associated to obtaining and renewing your cosmetology license, fees can range anywhere from $30-$150 depending on where you live.

Your state cosmetology license can be transferred if you move to a new state, but the details of a transfer will also vary depending on what state you are going to. Use the contact information provided below to discuss details of a cosmetology license transfer with the organization responsible for the license and transfer process.

You can select the licensing requirements for your state by clicking on the first letter of your state name in the alphabetical list above, or by scrolling and finding your state. The state cosmetology license requirements are sorted alphabetically and include information on the licensing organization for that state.

A

Alaska

Division of Corporations,Business and Professional Licensing

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • P.O. Box 110806
  • 907.465.2550
  • 907.465.2974

Additional Requirements: Additional license requirements are needed to perform other cosmetology services.

Required Hours

  • Barbering1650
  • Esthetician750
  • Hairdressing1650

Alabama

Alabama Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • RSA Union Building, Suite 320
  • 334.242.1918
  • 334.242.1926

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician1500
  • Nail Tech750

Arkansas

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 101 East Capital Avenue, Suite 108
  • 501.682.2168
  • 501.682.5640

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech600

Arizona

Arizona Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • 1721 East Broadway
  • 480.784.4539

Additional Requirements: Must have at least two years of high school education or its equivalent and be at least 23 years of age.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1600
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech600

C

California

Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
  • 800.952.5210
  • 916.575.7281

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 17 years old and completed 10th grade or equivalent.

Required Hours

  • Barbering1500
  • Cosmetologist1600
  • Esthetician600
  • Manicurist400

Colorado

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetologist Licensing

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 1560 Broadway #1350
  • 303.894.7772
  • 303.894.2310

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old.

Required Hours

  • Barbering1500
  • Cosmetologist1800
  • Manicurist1200

Connecticut

Connecticut Dept. of Public Health Cosmetology and Licensing

  • address:
  • phone:
  • P.O. Box 340308
  • 860.509.8457

Additional Requirements: Must have completed 8th grade or equivalent.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500

D

District of Columbia

Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, Occupational & Professional Licensing

  • address:
  • phone:
  • 941 North Capitol St. NE
  • 202.442.4400

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician260
  • Nail Tech240

Delaware

Delaware Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • Cannon Building Suite 203
  • 302.739.4522

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician300
  • Nail Tech125

F

Florida

Florida Board of Cosmetology, Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation

  • address:
  • phone:
  • 1940 N. Monroe Street
  • 850.487.1395

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1200
  • Esthetician260
  • Nail Tech240

G

Georgia

Georgia State Board Of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 166 Pryor St. S.W.
  • 478.207.1430
  • 478.207.1363

Additional Requirements: Apprenticeships

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician1000

H

Hawaii

Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • 335 Merchant St. Rm. 301
  • 808.586.3000

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Barbering1500
  • Cosmetologist600
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech350

I

Iowa

Iowa Department of Public Health Cosmetology Board of Iowa

  • address:
  • phone:
  • Lucas State Office Building
  • 515.281.4416

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2100
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech325

Idaho

Idaho Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • Owyhee Plaza
  • 208.334.3233

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 16 ½ years old with two years of high school completed.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2000
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech350

Illinois

Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 320 W. Washington St. 3rd Floor
  • 217.782.8556
  • 217.782.7645

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old with a minimum of an 8th grade education and may be require to take the Ability to Benefit Test.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech350

Indiana

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency State Board of Cosmetology Examiners

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 402 W. Washington St. Rm. WO72
  • 317.232.2980
  • 317.232.2312

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a 10th grade education. Must be at least 17.5 years old with an 8th grade education for the Nail Program.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech450

K

Kansas

Kansas State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 714 S W Jackson, Suite 100
  • 785.296.3155
  • 785.296.3002

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician650
  • Nail Tech350

Kentucky

Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 111 St. James Court
  • 502.564.4262
  • 502.564.0481

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old or completed two years of high school.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1800
  • Esthetician600

L

Louisiana

Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 11622 Sunbelt Court
  • 225.756.3404
  • 225.756.3410

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech500

M

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 239 Causeway St.
  • 617.727.9940
  • 617.737.1627

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1000
  • Esthetician300
  • Nail Tech100

Maryland

Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists

  • address:
  • phone:
  • 500 N. Calvert St. Rm. 201
  • 410.230.6320

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech250

Maine

Maine State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • State House Sta. 35
  • 207.624.8603
  • 207.624.8637

Additional Requirements: Apprenticeships

Required Hours

  • Barbering1500
  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech500

Michigan

Michigan Bureau of Commercial Services-Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • P.O. Box 30018
  • 517.241.9201
  • 517.241.9280

Additional Requirements: Must be 17 years old or have a minimum 9th grade education.

Required Hours

  • Barbering1750
  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician400
  • Nail Tech400

Minnesota

Minnesota Dept. of Commerce Cosmetology Unit

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 133 E. Seventh St.
  • 651.296.6319
  • 651.296.2886

Additional Requirements: Must have a 12th grade education or GED.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1550
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech350

Missouri

State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 3605 Missouri Boulevard
  • 573.751-1052
  • 573.751.8167

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech400

Mississippi

Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 3000 Old Canton Rd.
  • 601.987.6837
  • 601.987.6840

Additional Requirements: Must be 17 years old, able to read, write and speak English, and have a high school education or its equivalent.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1550
  • Esthetician300
  • Nail Tech250

Montana

Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 301 S. Park 4th Floor
  • 406.841.2333
  • 406.841.2309

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2000
  • Esthetician650
  • Nail Tech350

N

North Carolina

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 1201 Front St. #110
  • 919.733.4117
  • 919.733.4127

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech300
  • Teacher800

North Dakota

Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • P.O. Box 2177
  • 701.224.9800
  • 701.222.8756

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1800
  • Nail Tech350

Nebraska

Department of Health & Department of Health and Human Services

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 301 Centennial Mall South
  • 402.471.2117
  • 402.471.3577

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2100
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech300

New Hampshire

The Board of Barbering, Cosmetology & Esthetic

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 2 Industrial Park Drive
  • 603.271.3608
  • 603.271.8889

Additional Requirements: Must have a high school diploma or GED.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1800
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech500

New Jersey

New Jersey Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling

  • address:
  • phone:
  • P.O. Box 45003
  • 973.504.6400

Additional Requirements: A high school diploma is required.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1200
  • Nail Tech300
  • Teacher500

New Mexico

Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 2550 Cerrillos Road
  • 505.476.4690
  • 505.476.4665

Additional Requirements: Must be 17 years old with at least a 10th grade education

Required Hours

  • Barbering1200
  • Cosmetologist1600
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech350

Nevada

Nevada State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 1785 East Sahara Ave. Suite 255
  • 702.486.6542
  • 702.369.8064

Additional Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old and completed a 10th grade education.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1800
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech500

New York

New York Dept. of State Division of Licensing Services

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 84 Holland Ave.
  • 518.474.4429
  • 518.473.6648

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1000
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech250

O

Ohio

Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 1929 Gateway Circle
  • 614.466.3834
  • 614.644.6880

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech200

Oklahoma

State of Oklahoma Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste 84
  • 405.521.2441
  • 405.528.8310

Additional Requirements: Must be over the age of 16 and must have completed 8th grade.

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech600

Oregon

Oregon Health Licensing Agency

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 700 Summer St NE
  • 503.378-8667
  • 503.370.9004

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Barbering1100
  • Esthetician250
  • Hair Design1450
  • Nail Tech350

P

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • P.O. Box 2649
  • 717.783.7130

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1250
  • Nail Tech200

R

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Dept. of Health Division of Hairdressing & Barbering

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 3 Capitol Hill Rm. 104
  • 401.222.2511
  • 401.222.1272

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech200

S

South Carolina

South Carolina Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 110 Centerview Dr.
  • 803.896-4568
  • 803.896.4484

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician450
  • Nail Tech300

South Dakota

South Dakota Cosmetology Commission

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 500 East Capitol
  • 605.773.6193
  • 605.773.7175

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2100
  • Nail Tech400

T

Tennessee

Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 500 James Robertson Parkway
  • 615.741.2515
  • 615.741.1310

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech300

Texas

Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulations

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 920 Colorado
  • 512.463.6599
  • 512.475.2871

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician750
  • Nail Tech600

U

Utah

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 160 E. 300 St. South
  • 801.530-6628
  • 01.530.6511

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2000
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech200

V

Virginia

Virginia Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation Board for Barbers and Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • 3600 West Broad St.
  • 804.367.8509

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Barbering1500
  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Nail Tech150

Vermont

Office of Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation, Board of Barber & Cosmetologists

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 26 Terrace Street, Drawer 09
  • 802.828.1134
  • 802.828.2465

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1500
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech400

W

Washington

State Department of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 405 Black Lake Blvd, SW
  • 360.664.6626
  • 360.664.2550

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Barbering1000
  • Cosmetologist1600
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech600

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dept. of Regulations & Licensing, Barbering and Cosmetology Examining Board

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • P.O. Box 8935
  • 608.266.5511
  • 608.267.3816

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist1800
  • Esthetician450
  • Nail Tech300

West Virginia

Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • 1716 Pennsylvania Ave. Suite 7
  • 304.558.2924
  • 304.558.3450

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2000
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech400

Wyoming

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology

  • address:
  • phone:
  • fax:
  • Peter Hansen Building
  • 307.777.3534
  • 307.777.3681

Additional Requirements: N/A

Required Hours

  • Cosmetologist2000
  • Esthetician600
  • Nail Tech400