Massachusetts Cosmetology License Requirements

Below are the requirements on how to get a Massachusetts cosmetology license, renew your license or if you need to transfer your cosmetology license in Massachusetts to a different state. If you have questions or issues about these requirements for cosmetology, you can contact the Massachusetts state board of cosmetology.

Apply For Massachusetts Cosmetology License

Must be at least 17 years of age and must have at least 10th grade education.


Massachusetts Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
Cosmetologist License 1000 Hours
Esthetician License 300 Hours
Nail Technician License 100 Hours
Barber License Call 617-727-7367
Electrologist License Call 617-727-3939
Cosmetology Instructor License Cosmetology License + 2 Years As Junior Instructor
Massage Therapist License 650 Hours

Massachusetts Cosmetology License Renewal

You must renew the license 1 year after taking the test. But after that cosmetology licenses in Massachusetts must be renewed every two years in by the licensee's birthday. The cost to renew your license is $68. No continuing education hours are required to renew your license in Massachusetts but cosmetology continuing education hours are always recommended to stay current in this industry.


Massachusetts Cosmetology License Reciprocity

The Massachusetts cosmetology board does not accept reciprocity from other states. In order to transfer your cosmetology license or other beauty license to Massachusetts you must take the states written and practical board exams. The cost is $135 for the transfer application, $120 for the test and $68 for the license itself.