This page provides information for Kansas license requirements including how to apply for a new license, renew an existing one, reactivate an expired license and Kansas license reciprocity for when you need to transfer a license to this state or out of state. If available, we provide other useful information such as cosmetology school hours requirements, how to apply for additional license for professions like manicurists, nail technicians, instructors etc. If you did not find the answer you were looking for on this page or if you have questions or issues pertaining to cosmetology, then we recommend you contact the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology.

Kansas Cosmetology License Verification

If you need to verify a license for a salon or person, then you can do so by visiting the Kansas Board of Cosmetology license verification website. From there you can search for the person or business and see if there are any disciplinary actions on record. This will allow you to make an informed decision about the person and or business providing your service.

Kansas License Renewal Online

The quickest and easiest way to renew your license is to use their online sytem. This option is not currently available for Body Art Practitioners and Cosmetology Profession Instructors. Click this link:

If your user ID/PASSWORD does not work, please complete the following steps:

  • Click the link above or the "Renew My License" button from the menu bar
  • Click on the Create/Reset User ID and Password link
  • Enter your license number and SS# or FEIN# - Please note the required format
  • Create user name and password. If you have both a practitioner license and establishment license, you must create a separate User ID and Password for each one
  • Log in with your user name and password
  • Complete renewal
  • Pay by credit card, debit card, or electronic check
  • Print or save your confirmation page*
  • Repeat the process for any additional licenses, you must establish a different User ID for each license

*If you did not get to the confirmation page, you did not renew.

Kansas License Renewal by Email

If you cannot renew using their online system, then the next option is to download a copy of the renewal form, fill it out and submit it by email. First, to get the renewal document you need, click this link:

  • Click the applicable renewal form
  • Type your information into the fillable fields
  • Go to the Board website:
  • Select Payment Portal from the Top Menu Bar
  • Select the applicable transaction item (refer to your form)
  • Upon completion of your payment, you will receive a receipt via email
  • Record your Order ID # from your receipt in the field on your form marked Order ID
  • Save your completed form
  • Open your email application
  • Attach the document to your email
  • Send the email to the applicable staff person (refer to your form) or

Kansas License Renewal by Mail

If you prefer to mail in your application, then first find the renewal document you need by clicking this link:

  • Click the applicable renewal form and open the form
  • Print the form
  • Complete the form
  • Make Check or Money Order Payable to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology for the fee amount owed (refer to form) or Navigate to the Board's online payment portal to process a credit card payment
  • Mail form and payment to the Board office:

Kansas Board of Cosmetology
714 SW Jackson Street Ste. 100
Topeka, KS 66603

Update Address on License

For practitioners who want to update their address online:

Alternatively you can request for address change over the phone if you can verify the following personal identification criteria:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth

You can also download the name and address change form. Complete, sign and forward to KBOC office. Office staff will automatically update addresses when a:

  • Forwarding address is received from the U.S. Postal Service
  • Signed,paper renewal is received with a corrected address
  • Copy of a valid, government-issued photo identification is received

If you own a facility and want to change the address, then you can do it through a mailing address. If you need to add a mailing address to your facility please contact the Board by phone or email to request this be added to your license. A complete change of location requires a new facility application.

Lost or Stolen License

If you lost your license or it was stolen, then you will need to complete the duplicate license application, have it notarized and submit to the Board office with the $25 processing fee.

Out of State License Verification

If you are moving and you need to get a verification of your licensure to the state you are moving too, then you need to complete the licensure and training verification form, and submit it to the Board office with the $20 processing fee.

Kansas Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
Cosmetologist License 1500 Hours
Barber License 1500 Hours
Esthetician License 1000 Hours
Nail Technician License 350 Hours
Electrologist License 500 Hours / 1000 Hours Apprenticeship
Permanent Makeup Artist License Coming Soon
Cosmetology Instructor License Cosmetology License + 300 Hours Training + 450 Hours Teaching
Massage Therapist License Varies By Municipality

Students Applying for Licensure

There are a few steps to complete to apply for your practitioner license and to schedule your Board exams as soon as possible. Below, a check list is provided to help guide you through the process. Use this to help avoid delays in getting approved for testing and receiving your temporary permit.

Where do I start?

Once you have completed your training you will have an exit interview with school staff. At that time, the school will help you complete the Practitioner Licensure Application on the computer. The Board will not accept hand written applications. Print the application when directed on the form. Sign the application. Submit to the Board office the application, $45 application fee and the appropriate documents as outlined on the application and on the checklist.

Note: Please be aware that when you sign the application you are singing that you have read and understand the application, and the information you are providing is true and correct.

How can I get a temporary permit?

If you would like a temporary permit, you will also need to complete a temporary permit application. Read and complete this application in its entirety. It is not necessary to complete the section of the temporary permit application which asks for the name of the establishment where you will be providing services if you are not yet employed. The temporary permit application does not need to be notarized.

How do I submit my licensure and temporary permit applications?

Mail or hand-carry the original application(s) to the Board office at the address on the application. The Board will not accept faxed applications. Once your application is received, Board staff will make every effort to process it within ten business days. Once your application is complete, you will be provided written notification that you have been approved for testing. If you have submitted a temporary permit application, this notification will be on the back of your temporary permit. Read your notification thoroughly.

How do I pay my fee and schedule for testing?

Upon approval of your application the school should be able to print off your User ID and Password from their school portal to enable you to log in to the testing company website, Ergometrics. Once you have logged in you will be able to pay for and schedule your testing. Please visit the testing company website at the following web address for more information. or call 866-563-3882 - Weekdays 6am - 5pm Pacific Time.

Note: If you fail to appear for any exam and you have a temporary permit, it will immediately become Null and Void and will not be reissued.

Once I've tested when will I learn if I passed and when will I get my license?

Ergometics will provide you with your exam results. The Board cannot provide you with your scores. Once a week the board will pull an exam report, once the report is pulled, the Board makes every effort to mail within two business days a license to everyone who has passed both exams.

Kansas Out of State License

Every cosmetology profession applicant must complete the out of state application and meet the Board's requirements for licensure. Every body art applicant must take and pass the Kansas exam and meet the Board's requirements for licensure. To apply for the examination, complete the out of state examination application and submit the application and the required documentation to the Board office.

Kansas Duplicate License Application

Download a copy of the duplicate license application form, fill it out, print and mail to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology at the address listed below. You also must include along with your application:

  • The nonrefundable $25 fee
  • Legible photocopy of your current government issued photo identification. (i.e. drivers license, state identification card, or military identification)

Kansas Practitioner License

Download Practitioner License Application. The following is a check list of the steps that you need to complete for you to obtain your Kansas practitioner license. Once all steps of the application have been completed and you have passed all portions of the Board exams your license will be automatically mailed to you at the address provided on your licensure application. All applicants are required to provide the following:

  • A fully completed, typed Practitioner License Application
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • A clear/legible copy of your social security card and a current government issued photo ID
  • Name change documents if applicable
  • Verification of completion of instructional/training hours and
  • Verification of graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent provided the issuing party (issuing partyincludes services obtained by the issuing party for sending education documents digitally such as Parchment,GED Diploma Sender, etc. )
Step One: The fully completed, typed Practitioner Licensure Application:

Access the practitioner application on the Board website

  • Type your information onto the application while it is still on the computer
  • When all of your information has been entered on the application, print the application, (the application indicates when you should print). All the information you entered on the computer should appear printed on the application. Hand written applications will not be accepted
  • Mail the original application to the Board with the $60 fee and identification documents listed below. The Board address is listed in the upper right hand corner of the application
Step Two: The $60 non-refundable licensure application fee:

Payment of your application fee should be made payable to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology by check, or money order. To pay by credit card, complete the payment section on the application.

Step Three: A clear/legible copy of your social security card and your current government issued photo ID:

When you submit your licensure application, include a copy of your social security card and current photo ID. The photo must clearly show your face and all information on the ID and social security card must be easily readable. Faxed copies will not be accepted as the photos on faxed identification documents do not print legibly.

Examples of acceptable current government issued photo IDs:

  • A driver's license
  • State ID card with photo
  • Military identification card or
  • Valid alien resident card with photo
Step Four: Name Change documents:

Should any of the checklist items that are being submitted as part of your application list a name that is different than the name you are entering on your licensure application, you must include a copy of the court document(s) verifying the name change. Include this additional name in the space provided on the licensure application. Examples of documents that may have a different name on them:

  • Your high school transcript or GED
  • Your apprentice license application: or
  • Your instructional/training hours
  • Examples of acceptable court documents verifying name change
  • Marriage license
  • Divorce papers or
  • Naturalization-Petition for Name Change
Step Five: Verification of completion of instructional/training hours:

The instructional/training hours required for each profession are as follows:

  • Cosmetology – 1,500
  • Esthetics - 1,000 and
  • Manicure – 350

Your school must submit your training hours to the testing company on the Ergometrics website, Additionally you must include your training information on the Practitioner Licensure
Application. It must include the name and location of the school(s) where you obtained training. It must list the complete dates of attendance at that school (example mm/dd/yyyy to mm/dd/yyyy), and list the total number of hours you completed at that school.

Step Six: Verification of graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent:

High school education documents cannot be accepted from you, the applicant or from the school where you received professional training. It is your responsibility to contact the high school from which you graduated and have the school forward to this office a copy of your high school transcript which lists your date of graduation. If you did not graduate from an accredited high school, you may meet this requirement by having a copy of your graduate equivalent diploma (GED) transcript submitted.

You will need to contact the testing facility or the State Board of Education from which you attained the GED and request a copy of the GED transcript be forwarded to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. Education documents may be faxed to 785-296-3002, emailed to or mailed to:

Kansas Board of Cosmetology
714 SW Jackson, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66603

*The Board will accept verification of HS or GED completion from services obtained by the issuing party for sending education documents digitally such as Parchment, GED Diploma Sender, etc.