Apply For North Carolina Cosmetology License

The North Carolina cosmetology license requirements. If you are trying to obtain a license for cosmetologist, electrologist, esthetician or manicurist in North Carolina students must complete the requirements listed below set by the North Carolina 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 North Carolina cosmetology license.

North Carolina Cosmetology License Requirements
No education requirements or minimum age listed.

North Carolina Beauty School Hours
Cosmetologist License: 1500 Hours
Barber License: 1528 Hours
Esthetician License: 600 Hours
Nail Technician License: 300 Hours
Cosmetology Instructor License: License + 800 Hours
Natural Hair Care Instructor: 300 Hours
Manicurist Instructor: License + 320 Hours
Esthetics Instructor: License + 650 Hours
Massage Therapist License: 500 Hours

North Carolina Cosmetology License Renewal
North Carolina beauty professional licenses expire on October 1. Cosmetologists must renew every 3 years so they must complete 24 continuing education hours during that 3 year period. Estheticians, manicurists and cosmetology instructors all renew annually, so 8 hours of continuing education must be completed during that time. Cosmetologist licenses are $23 to renew, whereas estheticians, manicurists, instructors and apprentices all pay $20 to renew.

North Carolina Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Change or Transfer)
North Carolina has reciprocity with all states. The licensing fees are the same as listed above, but there is also a $15 transfer fee on top of that. You must show that you have a current license from your home state, that you have passed a state board exam or national cosmetology exam, and you have no disciplinary actions against your license. International transfers must show original documents that show the school where you got your training hours and an evaluation of those school documents.