The New York cosmetology license requirements. If you are trying to obtain a license for barber, barber's apprentice, cosmetology, esthetics, nail specialty, natural hair styling or waxing in New York students must complete the requirements listed below set by the New York 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 New York cosmetology license.
New York Cosmetology License Requirements
Must be at least 17 years of age and must have a certificate from a physician showing the person is free from communicable diseases.
New York Beauty School Hours
Cosmetologist License: 1000 Hours
Natural Hairstylist License: 300 Hours
Esthetician License: 600 Hours
Nail Technician License: 250 Hours
Barber License: 2-year Apprenticeship
Cosmetology Instructor License: Cosmetology License + Work Experience
Waxing License: 75 Hours
Massage Therapist License: 1000 Hours
New York Cosmetology License Renewal
New York cosmetology licenses must be renewed every 4 years and the license renewal fee is $40. No continuing education hours are currently required but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.
New York Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Change or Transfer)
New York has specific reciprocity arrangements for different states and licenses. Each request for transfer by reciprocity requires the certification from the cosmetology board in your home state and a completed cosmetology or other license application with the $40 application fee. The states below offer licensure in New York by either reciprocity or endorsement. If your state is not listed or if you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may be required to either take additional classes for more training hours or take the New York practical and written board exams.
Cosmetologist Reciprocity - Alaska, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia just require current licensure. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington D.C. all require current licensure plus varying amounts of work experience.
Cosmetology Endorsement - New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have cosmetology licensure by endorsement.
Barber Reciprocity - Maine, Pennsylvania, New York have direct reciprocity. If your home state is Maine, New Mexico or Pennsylvania, the Dept. of St ate will waive your NY State practical exam requirement if you supply an original certificate with the raised seal from your home state, along with the Barber Operator Application.
Esthetician Endorsement - Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have esthetician licensure by endorsement.
Nail Technician Endorsement - Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming have nail technician licensure by endorsement.
Natural Hair Styling Endorsement - Pennsylvania has natural hair styling licensure by endorsement.