New Mexico Cosmetology License Requirements

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

Apply For New Mexico Cosmetology License

Must be at least 17 years of age and must have a minimum of 2 years in high school or an equivalent.


New Mexico Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
Cosmetologist License 1600 Hours
Barber License 1200 Hours
Esthetician License 600 Hours
Nail Technician License 350 Hours
Electrologist License 600 Hours
Permanent Makeup License Contact The Body Art Board
Cosmetology Instructor License Cosmetology License + 1000 Hours
Massage Therapist License 650 Hours

New Mexico Cosmetology License Renewal

New Mexico cosmetology license renewal happens every year during the licensee's birth month. The cost to renew your beauty practitioner's license is $50. 12 hours of cosmetology continuing education is required every year for instructors. All others do not require continuing education at this time but cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.


New Mexico Cosmetology License Reciprocity

In order to transfer your cosmetology license to New Mexico you must furnish an affidavit from your home state regulatory agency where you are currently and actively licensed. You must have a current license in good standing with your home state and have completed equal or comparable training hours. If you have fewer than New Mexico required training hours you may substitute up to 150 hours of verified work experience in lieu of the minimum hours. The rest you would need to take at a school.