NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY LICENSES GENERAL INFORMATION

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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.

UPDATE

If you marry, get divorced, lose your spouse, change your name for a personal reason, or if you move to a new house, you must notify the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York for them to update their records. These changes are called “amendments” and there are several types:

  • Contact information amendment which includes:
    • Social Security number
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
  • Address change amendment
  • Duplicate license amendment
  • Name change amendment

Use these amendments to correct information that was wrong on your first application or data that has changed since. Once licensed, you will receive correspondence or requests from the Department. Moreover, they will send your license’s renewal notice by mail; therefore, it is vital that you maintain your information up to date.  In New York, you can change your address and name by mail but the other changes must be done online. To change the name on the cosmetology license, you must present a valid proof — marriage certificate, divorce decree, your driver's license, a non-driver's ID card, a valid passport or immigration documents — indicating your name change. There is no fee for a name change unless you request a duplicate of the license.  If you want to change the address on the cosmetology license you do not have to submit any documentation, but you must pay a $10 fee.  If you do not have an account within the NYS License Center (NYSLC), you must first register with My NY.gov.

REPLACE

According to the Appearance Enhancement Law, section 408-5, the license certificate issued to the cosmetologist must be posted in a visible place where the individual practices his or her occupation. Additionally, you must display your pocket license if you are asked to by an authority. Therefore, you cannot allow yourself to lose your license and not have it replaced. If you do, you should contact the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York as soon as possible and ask for a replacement.

You may require a duplicate in the following circumstances:

  • Your license was lost.
  • Your license was stolen.
  • Your license was destroyed.
  • You changed your name and need a replacement.
  • You want an additional copy of your license.

To request a duplicate of your cosmetology license in New York, you can choose between submitting the request online or printing a form and sending it by mail. To do so, you must visit the NYS License Center at https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/ or the Licensing Home of the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html. You must pay a $10 for a duplicate of your license. The new license will have the word “Duplicate” across the photo of your face but will have the same license number.

RENEW

In New York, all licensed professionals in the cosmetology world must be periodically renewing their cosmetology licenses. This will help cosmetologists ensure their knowledge and experience are up to date. In New York, the term of the cosmetology license is four years. You are eligible to renew your cosmetology license three months prior to its expiration. If you fail to renew within one year of its expiration, you will have to pay an additional $10 fee. If you do not renew within five years, you will have to re-apply and pass the examination again. The fee to renew is $40.

If you have an existing NY License Center account, the Department will send you a renewal email notification about three months before the license expires. The email will include a link to your account and if you click on it, you will be able to renew online. If you do not have an existing account, you will receive a notification by mail; the notice will contain the instructions to create a NY License Center account plus a renewal form.  If you do not receive your renewal form and you cannot renew online, email the Division of Licensing Services at Licensing@dos.ny.gov and request a form. Include your full name and mailing address, the type of license renewal form you are requesting, your license identification number and expiration date. Your renewal form will be mailed to you 10 to 15 business days from the date your emailed request is received. If your name or address has changed since your first application, you cannot change while renewing; you must either submit a request or amend it online.  Even if New York does not require continuing education to renew licenses, you may wish to take some continuing education courses to stay up to date.

TRANSFER

New York offers both cosmetology license reciprocity and endorsement. Reciprocity means that the license holders from other states are eligible for a New York cosmetology license if their state has education and examination requirements comparable or similar to New York license requirements. They must be licensed in their state and in some cases they must have one or more years of licensure.  Endorsement is applicable when New York accepts applicants from another state if they are currently licensed; even if they come from a state with lesser standards by mandating experience to make up for the education deficiencies. If you are a cosmetologist from another state and are moving to New York, you can obtain a license by reciprocity or endorsement. 

Before you apply, you must verify which method you are eligible for. Visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetology_faq.html for cosmetology and http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/barber/barbering_faq.html for barbering. At the very bottom of the page, you will find reciprocity and endorsement and a link to see a list of states that apply. To apply by reciprocity, you must submit a completed application form, a certification from the state from which you are applying, two experience statement and pay the reciprocity fee which is $40. If you are applying by endorsement, you must submit the application together with an official letter of good standing form the Cosmetology Board where the applicant is licensed at.

EDUCATION

If you want to get a cosmetology license in New York, it is essential to go through state approved cosmetology training; therefore, you must enroll in a cosmetology school. Most of the schools in New York will require you to be at least 17 years old; moreover, you must hold a high school diploma or GED to apply at a cosmetology school in New York. You may have a personal interview with a representative of the school before being admitted.

Make sure you research to find the appropriate school. Take your time to do an exhaustive research. The Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York requires applicants to graduate from a state approved school.  Schools in New York are licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.  To see a list of licensed schools, visit: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm. Here you can see all licensed schools; if you already found a couple, look for them on this list to make sure they are licensed.  You may also verify if the school is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS); find a list of accredited schools at: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74.  

The average tuition ranges between $7,000 and $10,000 for cosmetology and barbering. Specialties as nail or esthetics range from $2,000 to $5,000. Additionally, you may have to pay for equipment, books and supplies.  The length will depend on the career; barbering and cosmetology must be at least 1,000 hours to comply with the licensure, but the specialties take less. 

FAQ

  1. Can a foreign individual apply by endorsement?
  2. Yes, New York accepts applicant from outside the United States. You must submit your application, and you may obtain a cosmetology license in New York State without examination. The applicant must provide:

  1. An official certification from the licensing authority in his or her country or verification from the Consulate stating that a license is not required practicing this occupation in his or her country.
  2. Letters from employer(s) in his/her country specifying dates of employment, location and specific services performed.
  3. Detailed letters from client(s), or coworker(s), in his/her country specifying dates of service, location and specific services performed.
  4. Copy of passport which indicating cosmetology as occupation, driver’s license, workbook with cosmetology experience, or any photo identification.
  5. Copies of course curricula and diplomas/certificates for education completed in your country.
  6. Copy of tax returns which indicate cosmetology as occupation.
  1. For how long can I work before I receive my license?
  2. You can work for six months before obtaining your license, but only if you obtain a temporary license. Temporary licenses are only granted to individuals with education in New York or another state, not based on experience.

  3. My application has been approved, how do I schedule my exam?
  4. You will receive an email notifying you that you may now schedule your exam. If you applied online through the NYS License Center, you must login to your account to schedule your exam. If you applied by mail, the email will be sent to the email address you included in your application. If you indicated that you required special testing arrangements, you will be contacted by a representative from the Division of Licensing Services to have your examination scheduled for you.

  5. Should I take continuing education courses after I receive my license?
  6. New York does not require licensees to complete continuing education courses in order to renew their licenses. However, you may take these courses to keep your knowledge current and offer the best and newest techniques and services to your customers.

  7. Can I reinstate my license if I have not worked in a long time and have not renewed my license?

If your license has been expired for more than 5 years, your licenses are inactive, and you are no longer eligible to renew. Applicants with inactive licenses must reapply for licensure.








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