North Carolina Cosmetology License Requirements

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

North Carolina Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
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

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.