Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
Customer Service: (518) 474-4429
Web site: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetology.html
Please take the time to read the instructions carefully before beginning the application form. Incomplete forms will be returned, delaying licensure. Any omission, inaccuracy or failure to make full disclosure in an application may be deemed sufficient reason to deny a license or could result in the suspension or revocation, if one is issued.
This webpage includes everything you need to apply to the Department of State for a license to practice Cosmetology in New York State.
A completed application will include the three-page application form, nonrefundable fee and appropriate documentation as it applies.
The practice of Cosmetology includes providing the services of natural hair styling, esthetics, nail specialty and waxing and also includes providing services to the hair, head, face, neck or scalp of a human being, including but not limited to shaving, trimming, and cutting the hair or beard either by hand or mechanical appliances and the application of antiseptics, powders, oils, clays, lotions or applying tonics to the hair, head, or scalp, and in addition includes providing, for a fee or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services for the application of dyes, reactive chemicals, or other preparations to alter the color or to straighten, curl, or alter the structure of the hair of a human being.
Any person practicing Cosmetology as described above is required by law to have a Cosmetology license. A Cosmetology license will not permit you to operate a business; a separate business application must be completed and a separate business license obtained.
If you are at least 17 years old, you may apply for an Esthetics license based on:
An applicant who holds a license equivalent to Cosmetology in another jurisdiction having a reciprocal agreement with New York State may obtain a Cosmetology license in New York without examination or further education.
An applicant must submit a certification from the jurisdiction where s/he holds a license in an occupation equivalent to Cosmetology and the certification must be dated within six months of the date of submitting the application.
If you attended a New York State school whose curriculum was approved to be taught in English, you will be issued an admission notice to take the written exam in English.
However, you may be allowed to take a translated exam if you attended a New York State school where the curriculum was approved to be taught in a language other than English.
If you are approved for a translated examination, you will receive an admission notice advising you of the date, time and place to appear for your foreign language examination.
Yes. Two six-month temporary licenses are available to applicants who want to work while completing the examination process. Applicants may apply for a temporary license extension once they have passed the written examination. Once you pass both examinations, a 4-year license will be issued.
$20 – Original application license fee (for all applicants). For those applicants who are not required to pass the examinations (e.g., applying based on 5 years of legal experience or reciprocal applicants already licensed in another state), this is the only fee that is required.
$10 – Temporary license fee.
$10 – Temporary license extension fee.
Please Note: If applying for an original application and a temporary license, you may submit one $30 application fee. Separate application fees are not required.
The term of licensure is two years. The term for a temporary license is 6 months.
Yes. You need to be examined by a doctor or nurse practitioner to apply for a license in Cosmetology. Your doctor or nurse practitioner must complete and date the Health Certification section of the application. You must submit your application within 30 days after the certification is signed and dated.
Yes. A Child Support Statement is mandatory in New York State (General Obligations Law). The law requires you to complete this section – regardless of whether or not you have children or any support obligations.