New York Cosmetology License Requirements

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

Apply For New York Cosmetology License

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 Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
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

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.