Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
Customer Service: (518) 474-442
Fax: (518) 473-6648
Web site: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/nails/nails.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 Nail Specialty 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 Nail Specialty means providing services for a fee or any other consideration to cut, shape or enhance the appearance of the nails of the hands or feet. Nail Specialty also includes the application and removal of sculptured or artificial nails.
Any person practicing Nail Specialty as described above is required by law to have a Nail Specialty license. A Nail Specialty 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:
No. At the present time New York State does not have a reciprocal agreement with any state.
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), 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.
You may pay by check or money order made payable to the Department of State or charge any fee to MasterCard or Visa, using the credit card authorization form available for download on this webpage. Do not send cash. Application fees are nonrefundable. A $20 fee will be charged for any check returned by your bank.
Yes. You need to be examined by a doctor or nurse practitioner to apply for a license in Nail Specialty. 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 obligation.