Apply For Indiana Cosmetology License

The Indiana cosmetology license requirements. If you are trying to obtain a license for barber, cosmetology, electrologist, esthetician, manicurist, nail technologist or shampooer in Indiana students must complete the requirements listed below set by the Indiana Board of Cosmetology. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page then we suggest to contact the state board of cosmetology. They can help answer general questions about applying for an Indiana cosmetology license.

Indiana Cosmetology License Requirements
Cosmetology License Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age and must have at least 10th grade education or equivalent.

Indiana Beauty School Hours
Cosmetologist License: 1500 Hours
Barber License: 1500 Hours
Esthetician License: 700 Hours
Nail Technician License: 450 Hours
Electrologist License: 300 Hours
Cosmetology Instructor License: Cosmetology License + 1000 Hours
Massage Therapist License: 500 Hours

Indiana Cosmetology License Renewal
Indiana cosmetology licenses expire on August 1 every 4 years. Barber licenses expire on September 1 every 4 years. If your license has been expired more than 3 years you must re-take the practical exam to get re-licensed. Indiana charges $40 to renew your Indiana cosmetology licenses, however if you try to renew late there is an additional $50 late fee added on.

You can renew your license up to 60 days prior to its expiration, once that is done you can print out the free license card within 24-48 hours later or you can order a blue card online at $13.75. Indiana does not currently require additional cosmetology continuing education hours to renew your cosmetology license.

Indiana Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Change or Transfer)
In Indians reciprocity is granted by a case by case basis depending on whether your home state has similar or equivalent education and licensing requirements. You cannot transfer if you had only attended nail school but have not worked actively with the license and this may require additional training. However for cosmetology it is acceptable to transfer a license with school hours only. Electrologists must have cosmetology or esthetician licenses to transfer.

The fee to transfer your license to Indiana will be $40 along with your completed application. If your license does not meet the same standards that Indiana requires you can instead have a minimum of 1000 hours of training plus 5 years of work history. You would need to provide a work affidavit document showing that you have worked in the field for a minimum of 5 years (500 hours per year). Electrologists must show 200 training hours and 1 year work experience to transfer. Cosmetology instructors must show 700 training hours and 3 years work experience to transfer. Manicurists must show a minimum of 300 training hours and 1 and a half years work experience to transfer. Estheticians must show 400 training hours and 3 years work experience to transfer.