APPLY FOR NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY LICENSES INFORMATION

General

Any person trained in appearance enhancement — such as cosmetology, esthetics and barbering — must be licensed before they can practice in New York.  New Yorkers interested in becoming licensed cosmetologists must fulfill several requirements established by the Division of Licensing Services of the Department of State of New York, which is the regulatory agency in charge of issuing cosmetology and barbering licenses. New York offers licenses for appearance enhancement such as cosmetologists, estheticians, nail specialists, natural hair stylists, barber and wax specialists.

To apply for a cosmetology license in New York, you must be at least 17 years old. Additionally, you must have completed 1,000 hours in a New York approved school. The Department of State may credit the hours if you completed your education in a different state and the level of schooling is equivalent to New York’s; you must provide proof of it. If you have five years of experience working in an occupation similar to cosmetology, you may apply if you provide evidence of your education and experience. Finally, all applicants must be examined by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner before applying for a cosmetology license.

If you meet the requirement, you can go ahead and apply online at the NY License Center or by mail. After your application is reviewed and accepted, you will have to take and pass the cosmetology license examination. The exam will ensure that you have sufficient skills to practice.  If you are successful, you will get a cosmetology license issued.

Makeup and Cosmetics

Cosmetology and esthetics programs teach the basic makeup techniques; however, you can take special courses and become a makeup or cosmetic artist as well. New York does not have a specific makeup artist license, if you want to apply makeup for remuneration, you will first have to become a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician. Afterwards, you can polish your makeup skills in a makeup and cosmetics program and pursue a makeup artistry certification. 

To apply for a cosmetology license in New York, you must be at least 17 years of age. Before you apply, you must complete 1,000 hours in a New York State approved school. If you studied in an out-of-state school, you must provide a school certificate and school transcript listing the subjects and hours you took; the training must be equivalent to the one taken by New York applicants. Furthermore, if you have five years of experience working as a makeup artist or an occupation equivalent to cosmetology, you may also apply. You will be required to submit evidence of your education and experience.  Moreover, you must be examined by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner before applying for a cosmetology license.

Do you meet all the requirements? Then you can apply. If your application is approved, you must schedule your exam online. A $15 non-refundable fee must be paid when you schedule your exam. If you have any kind of disability, the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York will provide special arrangements.  You must indicate it in your application and also fill a request form found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1591-a.pdf.  You must take and pass the written and practical examinations. If you want to apply online, go to http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/ and click on “Individual” which is on the right hand corner of the screen. Once there, click on “Apply for an Appearance Enhancement or Barber License” and enter your username and password. You must create an account if you are a new user. To apply by mail, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html and look for “Appearance Enhancement” and select “Cosmetology” or “Esthetics. Mail the form together with the $40 application fee.

Skincare

In New York, you have the possibility to become a licensed esthetician and embellish customers’ face, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders through makeup, eyelashes, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes and other beauty procedures legally. You can also specialize as a wax specialist and obtain a license for it. You must be at least 17 years old. Then, you have to meet the following requirements:

    ► Education:
  • New York education: 600 hours of esthetics curriculum (75 for wax specialist) in a state-approved school.
  • Education outside New York: Documentation evidencing education comparable to the level of schooling of New York.
  • Experience: Evidence of education and experience practicing esthetics or an equivalent occupation for five years.
  • You will be required to present a physical examination performed by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.

After you submit your application — and if you comply with the requisites — you will receive an email to schedule your exam. The Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York will provide special arrangements if you have any kind of disability. You must indicate it in your application and also fill a request form found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1591-a.pdf. You must pay a $15 non-refundable fee to schedule the exam.  To apply online, go to http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/  and click on “Individual” (at the top of the screen). Then, click on “Apply for an Appearance Enhancement or Barber License” and enter your login information. You must create a new account if you are a new user. If you prefer the traditional application, find the application form at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html. The non-refundable fee for initial application is $40.

Hairstylist/Barber

New Yorkers interested in working with hair have two licensure options --  they can become natural hair stylists or barbers. Additionally, cosmetologists are also trained to become hairstylists. You can apply online at: http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/. You must click on “Individual,” then click on “Apply for an Appearance Enhancement or Barber License” and enter your login information.  If you are applying by mail, you can get the barbering and hairstylist application forms at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html. The fee for a cosmetologist, natural hairstylist and barber is $40. The requirements for a barber license or hair license are: 

  • Cosmetologist
  • ▪Be at least 17 year of age.
    ▪Complete 1,000 hours in a New York approved school (or)
    ▪Provide evidence of out of state equivalent education (or)
    ▪Provide evidence of five years of experience working as cosmetologist or equivalent.
    ▪Examination performed by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.
  • Natural Hair Stylist:
  • ▪Be at least 17 year of age.
    ▪Complete 300 hours in a New York approved school (or)
    ▪ Provide evidence of out of state equivalent education (or)
    ▪ Provide evidence of five years of experience working as natural hair stylist or equivalent.
    ▪ Examination performed by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.
  • Barber:
  • ▪ Be at least 17 year of age.
    ▪ Complete a New York approved barber course (or)  
    ▪ Provide evidence of out of state equivalent education (or)
    ▪ Provide evidence of three years of experience working as a barber in another state.
    ▪ Examination performed by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.
    Complete a onetime course regarding the transmission of contagious diseases and the proper methods of sanitation and sterilization to be employed in barber shops.

If you meet these requirements and your application is approved, you will receive an email to schedule your exam after you apply. You must pay a $15 non-refundable fee to schedule the exam.  You must specify  in your application if you have any kind of disability and the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York will provide special arrangements. Also fill the request form found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1591-a.pdf.

Nails

If you are interested in providing nail care services for a living in New York, you have to apply for a nail license. To do it online, go to http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/  and click on “Individual” which is found at the top of the screen.  Now, select “Apply for an Appearance Enhancement or Barber License.” If you prefer to send your application by mail, the application form is located at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html. The application’s non-refundable fee for a nail specialist is $40.

Before applying, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • 250 hours of nail specialty education in a New York approved school (or)
  • Provide evidence of out of state equivalent education (or)
  • Provide evidence of five years of experience working as a nail specialist or equivalent.

Once you submitted your application, an email will be sent to you if you complied with the requisites and your application was approved. This email will contain the instructions schedule the cosmetology license examination for which you must pay a $15 no-refundable fee. The exam includes a written and a practical part and you must pass both. The Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York will provide special arrangements if you have any kind of disability. You must indicate it in your application and also fill a request form found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1591-a.pdf.

Electrolysis

Electrologists in New York are not required to hold a license to practice electrolysis. Although there is not an electrolysis license, you can become a certified professional electrologist. The American Electrology Association (AEA) offers the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification, which is recognized through all the states and establishes the minimum standards for electrologists. You can also find a school that gives you the opportunity to apply for another’s state license.

The CPE may multiply the growing opportunities and potential earnings of electrologists in New York. The CPE exam is administered by the AEA through the International Board of Electrologist Certification (IBEC), and it measures the knowledge of electrologists against the national minimum standards.  This exam is offered once a year, and if you pass it, you will get certified and will be allowed to use the letters CPE after your name.

The requirements to take the exam and get certified as a CPE are:

  • A photocopy of certificate of completion from an electrology school with the date of graduation. Minimum 320 hours completed (or)
  • Notarized affidavit from a CPE instructor indicating that you completed at least 320 hours and evidence of your practice for at least one year.
  • Proof of residence (e.g., driver license).
  • The fee for non-AEA members is $325; for members it is $275.

To take the exam and request the certification, send an email to cpetestbulletin@electrology.com. You will receive a CPE Test Bulletin that includes the registration form and the requirements information.








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