NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY NAILS LICENSES INFORMATION

Apply For

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.

UPDATE

Whenever you change your name or address, you must notify the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York so they can update your nail license. If you move, make sure you change the address on your nail license, so you do not miss any important correspondence sent to you by the Department. You will not be required to get a duplicate of the license after an update.

If you wish to change the name on your nail license online, you have to go to the website of the NYS License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/. If you do not have an account, create one and then log in. Go to “Manage My Licenses” and you will see your records. Click on “Amendment” which is under “Action.” Select “Name Change Amendment” and follow the prompts. To change it by mail, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/forms.html and click on “DOS-1473 Change Notice.”  Keep in mind that document showing name change — such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order — will be requested by the Department as evidence of your name change. You can also change the address on the makeup license, using these two methods. Just select “Address Change Amendment” instead when doing it online. Also, you will be charged a $10 fee for address updates. You can change your email address, Social Security number and other contact information online only.

REPLACE

New York requests all nail specialists to display their license where they work; therefore, if your nail license is lost or got stolen, you have to contact the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York to request a duplicate as soon as possible. Keep in mind that for nail license replacement, you must pay a $10 fee. You can choose to request it online or send the request by mail.

If you prefer to do it by mail, you have to visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/forms.html and click on “DOS-1473 Change Notice.” Now that it is open, you can fill out the required information and print it. Send the form along with the fee to the address found at the top of the form. You may pay with a check payable to the Department of State of New York or you can call the Department and ask for a credit card authorization. If you think that it is easier to request the duplicate nail license online, go to the website of NY License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/.  If you already have an account, log in and go to “Manage My Licenses” where you will find all your information; click on “Amendment” under “Action”, and then select “Duplicate License Amendment.” Finally, follow the instructions of the online application. If you have never used NY License Center before, you must create an account. Create one by clicking on “I Need a NY.gov ID.” And then follow the above instructions.

RENEW

All nail specialists in New York must renew their licenses every four years to confirm they are in agreement with the Appearance Enhancement Law. You will know it is time to renew your skincare license when, approximately 90 days before your license expires, you receive a renewal  notification by email from the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York. If you do not have a NY License Center account, you will receive the notification along with instructions to create an account pa renewal form, by mail. If you did not receive the renewal form and you want to use it, email the Division of Licensing Services at Licensing@dos.ny.gov and request one. The renewal fee is $40.

To renew your nail license online you must:

  1. Go to the NY License Center at: https://aca.licensecenter.ny.gov/aca/.
  2. Log in (if do not have an account and need instructions to do so, visit: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/lc-instructions.html.)
  3. Click on the “Manage My Licenses” tab where you will see your list of records. Your status will show as “About to Expire.”
  4. Click on “Renew Application” which is located below the “Action” column.
  5. Fill out the renewal application and attach any documentation that you are required to provide.
  6. Review your information.
  7. Submit your payment.

Once you finish, you will receive an email confirmation stating that your application has been received. When the application is approved, you will receive another email confirming that the license has been issued.

TRANSFER

Nail specialists who got licensed in another state and are looking forward to transferring their nail license to New York may have the option to apply by reciprocity or endorsement. They must meet requirements for licensure equivalents to those of New York. If you want to transfer your nail license, you must make sure you meet the following requirements:

  1. Reciprocity
  1. Submit a certification from the Cosmetology Board where you are currently licensed at.
  2. Complete the licensure application.
  3. Pay the $40 application fee.
  4. If required, submit two experience statements attesting that you have been working as a makeup artist or cosmetologist for the specified number of years. (Download the template at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1543-a.pdf.)
  1. Endorsement
  1.  Submit an official letter of good standing from the Cosmetology Board where you are currently licensed at. It should be dated within six months of the application.
  2. Complete the licensure application.
  3. Pay the $40 application fee.

To verify if your state applies by endorsement, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetreciprocity.html and for reciprocity visit:  http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/endorsment.html#cosmet. If you comply with the requirements and want to apply by reciprocity or endorsement, 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.

EDUCATION

In New York, cosmetologists are taught how to take care of nails, but if you want to be a nail expert, you should become a nail specialist. Most cosmetology schools in New York offer nail technician trainings for those interested in nail specialty.

To enroll in a manicure school, you have to be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. You are required to complete 250 hours of training, which is approximately eight weeks on a full-time basis.  The courses cost approximately $2,000 to $4,000. Make sure you choose a manicurist school approved by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. Visit http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm  and look for the schools you have been doing research on. Additionally, you can verify if the school is accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see a list of accredited schools, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74.

The manicurist school you choose must include the following topics:

  • Safety and Health 
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nail, Hand, Arm, Foot and Leg
  • Bacteria and Infectious Diseases; Nail, Foot, Skin Disorders and Diseases
  • Methods of Infection Control
  • Client Consultation
  • Manicuring and Hand/Arm Massage
  • Pedicuring
  • Tip Application and Design
  • Nail Wraps
  • Liquid and Powder Nail Extensions
  • Gel Nails
  • Nail Art
  • Retailing Techniques
  • Business Practices
  • Job Skills

FAQ

  1. Am I required to hold a cosmetologist license to perform manicure or pedicure?
  2. No. New York offers a specific nail specialist license for those interested in specializing in nail care.

  3. What is evaluated in the nail specialist exam?
  4. The exam evaluates:

    1. Table Set-Up.
    2. Basic Manicure and Preparation for Further Procedures.
    3. Tip Application and Shaping.
    4. Wrap Application.
    5. Acrylic Application.
    6. Polish Application and Clean-Up.
  1. Am I required to get a nail specialist license if I already have a cosmetologist license?
  2. No, cosmetologists are allowed to perform manicures and pedicures. However, if you are only interested in nail care, you only have to get a nail specialist license.

  3. Do I require obtaining a license if I only want to polish nails?
  4. If you are going to get remuneration for it, yes. You will have to apply for a nail specialist license.

  5. Is reciprocity for nail specialists?

No. However, New York does offer endorsement for nail specialists. Find a list of the endorsement agreements that New York holds with other states here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/endorsment.html#nails.








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