Apply For Illinois Cosmetology License

If you are looking to apply for a Illinois cosmetology license or need to renew your cosmetology license in Illinois, then we provide additional information below including the types of licenses available, educational hours needed to complete and the IL reciprocity application process. To get started with getting your license you would need to apply at the Illinois state board of cosmetology.

Illinois Cosmetology Licenses
  • » Barber
  • » Cosmetologist
  • » Electrologist
  • » Esthetician
  • » Massage Therapist
  • » Nail Technician

Cosmetology License Requirements In Illinois
Must be at least 16 years of age and must have at least 8th grade education with a high school diploma or equivalent, or take the Ability to Benefit test.

Illinois School Hour Requirements
Barber: 1500 Barber School Hours
Cosmetologist: 1500 Cosmetology School Hours
Electrologist: 600 Electrolysis Training Hours
Esthetician: 750 Esthetics School Hours
Massage Therapist: 500 Massage School Hours
Nail Technician: 350 Nail School Hours

Illinois Cosmetology License Renewal Process
Illinois cosmetology licenses and esthetician licenses must be renewed by September 30 in every odd year. This state requires continuing education hours to renew your license such as 14 hours for Cosmetology, 10 hours for Nail Technicians and 10 hours for Estheticians. To renew your license in Illinois, you must provide the Illinois cosmetology Board with your renewal fee, renewal form and proof of continuing education hours.

Cosmetology Reciprocity In Illinois
Illinois cosmetology license reciprocity is based on the laws in the issuing state, as compared to Illinois law at the time of licensure. The state does grant endorsement on a case by case basis and does take into consideration work experience for credit.