NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY HAIRSTYLIST/BARBER LICENSES INFORMATION

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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.

UPDATE

You must maintain an effective communication with the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York; therefore, if you moved to a different location or changed your name after marriage, divorce, widowhood or any personal reason, you will have to ask the Department to update your barber license. You do not have to ask for a duplicate after an update.

For a hair license address change online, go to the NYS License Center at https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/ and login to your account, if you are a new user you must create an account. Go to “Manage My Licenses” and you will see your information. Go to “Action” and click on “Amendment.” Select “Address Change Amendment” and follow the indications of the online application. To change it by mail go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/forms.html and click on “DOS-1473 Change Notice.” There is a $10 fee when changing the address.

If you want to change the name on your hair license online, go to the NYS License Center and follow the same procedure for the name change but select “Address Change Amendment” instead.  Remember that you must attach a legal document (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree) or a government issued ID to proof your name change. All other changes — such as email address, phone number or Social Security number — must be done online.

REPLACE

If your license got lost, stolen or destroyed, a replacement must be requested as soon as possible. Contact the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York to do so. For a hair license replacement, you must pay a $10 fee, and you can do it online or by mail.

To request a duplicate barber license online, you have to go to the website of the NY License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/.  If you have never used the NY License Center, you will have to create an account. Create one by clicking on “I Need a NY.gov ID.” After you get your username and password, or if you already had them, log in, go to “Manage My Licenses” and you will see all your information. You will see “Amendment” under “Action”, click on it and then select “Duplicate License Amendment.” Finally, follow the instructions of the online application. If the mail request is more attractive for you, go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/forms.html and click on “DOS-1473 Change Notice.” You may fill out all the information at the window and then print the form.  Send the form together with the fee to the address found in the form. You may pay with a check payable to the Department of State or you can call the Department and ask for a credit card authorization.

RENEW

Hairstylists or barbers in New York are required to renew their license every four years if they want to practice. The hair license renewal must be done to assure that you are still up to date and that you are still allowed to practice.  If you have a NY License Center account, you will receive a renewal notification by email, nearly three months before your license expires from the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York. If you do not have one, you will receive the notification by mail with instructions to create an account plus a renewal form in case you prefer doing it by mail. In case you do not receive your renewal form, email the Division of Licensing Services at Licensing@dos.ny.gov and request one. The renewal fee is $40.

To renew your barber or hair license, you must go to the NY License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/. Log in and click on the “Manage My Licenses” tab where you will see your list of records and status of your license will display as “About to Expire.” Click on “Renew Application” which is located below the “Action” column. Complete the application and add any documentation that you are required to provide. Review your information and check out. When you submit your payment you will receive a confirmation; this does not mean your license is renewed. Once your renewal is approved, you will receive another email confirming your license was issued. If you have not yet created a NY License Center account nor claimed your record, go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/lc-instructions.html and find detail instructions for both procedures.

TRANSFER

The Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York has one section for barbers and another for hairstylists. Depending on your original license, you may have to request the transfer through the cosmetology section even if you are a barber.  If you are a hairstylist or barber who got licensed in another state and want to transfer your hair license to New York, you may be eligible to apply by reciprocity or endorsement. Barbers can only apply by reciprocity.

To apply online visit: 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 a new user, you must create an account first. If you are applying by mail, you can get the barbering and hairstylist application forms at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html. Click on “Appearance Enhancement” and select “Cosmetology,” “Barbering” or “Natural Hair Stylist.”

The requirements are:

  1. Natural Hair stylists and cosmetologists:
  1. Barbers

    Submit an original certificate (with raised seal) from the state where you are currently licensed at. Complete the Barber Operator Application. Pay the $40 application fee.  New York has a reciprocity agreement with Maine, Pennsylvania and New Mexico only.

EDUCATION

In New York, you can either become a barber or a hairstylist; moreover you can become a natural hairstylist. There are specialized barbering schools for individuals who want to become barbers. On the other hand, individuals interested in hairstyling must go to a cosmetology school and take hairstyling classes.

To apply to a barber school or a cosmetology school you must be at least 17 years and hold a high school diploma or GED. The length of the course depends on how many classes you assist per week and which program you choose. According to the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York, cosmetologists must comply with 1000 hours of schooling while natural hair stylists and barbers must complete 300 hours. The costs go from $2,000 to $6,000. Choose a barber training licensed by licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (find them at: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm.) and accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see a full list, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74.  Barbers are required to complete a onetime course called “Prevention of Contagious Disease Transmission.”

The natural hairstylist training must include:

  • Professional Requirements        
  • Safety and Health             
  • Anatomy and Physiology             
  • Hair Analysis
  • Hair and Scalp Disorders and Diseases
  • Chemistry as Applied to Natural Hair Styling
  • Shampoos, Rinses, Conditioners and Treatments
  • Hair Braiding, Locking, Weaving and Styling

And, the barber classes must include:

  • Professional Appearance, Preparation of Work Area and Client Preparation
  • Hair Cutting Techniques
  • Shampooing Techniques
  • Shaving - Facial Hair
  • Facial Massage
  • Clean Up of Work Area

FAQ

  1. What’s the difference between barbers and cosmetologists?
  2. Barbers tend to focus mainly on male customers and their most common services are shaving and cutting hair. Cosmetologists focus in both male and females and their most common services are hairdressing, cutting hair, perms and hair coloring.

  3. What is a natural hair stylist?
  4. A natural hair stylist offers the services of shampooing, arranging, dressing, twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending, locking or braiding the hair or beard by either hand or mechanical appliances.

  5. Are natural hair stylists allowed to cut hair?
  6. No. Natural hair stylists are not allowed to shave or trim hair nor apply coloring, chemicals and others.  

  7. What is barber apprentice?
  8. A barber apprentice is an individual learning barbering under the tutelage, supervision, and direction of a licensed barber. Barber apprentices assist licensed barbers. After working as a registered barber apprentice for two years, you may apply for a barber license based on the apprenticeship.

  9. The requirements do not specify the amount of hours required for barbers, is there a specific amount of hours required?

No, the amount of hours is determined by the barber schools licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision of New York.








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