TRANSFER - NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY LICENSES INFORMATION

General

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.

Makeup and Cosmetics

If you are a makeup or cosmetics artist and wish to move to New York, you will have to transfer your makeup license from where you are currently licensed at. To transfer your license, you must apply to licensure by reciprocity or endorsement.

To transfer your makeup license to New York you have two options:

  1. Reciprocity
  1. Visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetreciprocity.html and verify if your state is listed.
  2. Submit a certification from the Cosmetology Board where you are currently licensed at.
  3. Complete the licensure application.
  4. Pay the $40 application fee.
  5. 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. Verify if your state applies ate http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/endorsment.html#cosmet
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the licensure application.
  4. Pay the $40 application fee.

If you meet all the requirements and are ready to apply, go to http://www.licensecenter.ny.gov/ to apply online. Go to 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.”  Send the form by mail together with the $40 application fee.

Skincare

All skincare specialists who studied and got licensed in another state and are moving to New York may apply for licensure by reciprocity or endorsement.  You will be eligible to apply by reciprocity or endorsement if you have a current registration or license in another state and the state where you are licensed is listed as eligible in the Website of the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York.

To transfer your esthetician license, you must first verify if you are eligible for reciprocity or endorsement. Visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetreciprocity.html to see the states that apply by reciprocity and http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/endorsment.html#cosmet for those that apply by endorsement. 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 requirements for transferring your esthetician license are:

  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 which attest 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.

Hairstylist/Barber

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. By reciprocity: Submit a certification from the Cosmetology Board where you are currently licensed at. Complete the licensure application. Pay the $40 application fee. If required, submit two experience statements which attest 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.) To see which states apply, go to: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetreciprocity.html.
  2. By endorsement: 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. Complete the licensure application. Pay the $40 application fee. See which states apply at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/endorsment.html#cosmet
  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.

Nails

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.

Electrolysis

New York does not regulate the practice of electrolysis through licensure; however, if you have an electrolysis license in from another state, you can take advantage of that and exhibit it to have more reliability as a professional. Additionally, you can become a certified professional electrologist which will give you even more credibility. The Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification is internationally recognized, and it is granted by the American Electrology Association (AEA).

To become a CPE, you must take the CPE exam — offered once a year — through the International Board of Electrologist Certification (IBEC). This exam will measure your knowledge to define if you meet their standards or not.  If you are interested and want to take the exam, you must send an email to cpetestbulletin@electrology.com and request a CPE Test Bulletin. The bulletin contains the registration form and all the information you require to get certified. The fee for non AEA members is $325, and for members it is $275. In addition, you can become part of the AEA, which at the same time will give you membership to the New York Electrolysis Association (NYEA). You can also become a member of the NYEA contacting them at 914-237-6131. This certification is valid in all states and requires continuing education to be maintained.








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