The New Mexico Board Of Cosmetology is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations through inspections, investigation into complaints submitted by consumers and conducts hearings, imposes penalties and enforces actions when they deem necessary. Through education and the enforcement of the cosmetology laws in NM, the state board ensures the safety, welfare and public health by regulating the salons, schools and individuals who practice cosmetology. The list of the board members who are part of the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists are listed below:

State Board Members

Member Position Area

Jon Stull

Professional Member School Representative

Arlene Nonnemacher

Professional Member Cosmetologist

Gabriel Garduno (Chairman)

Professional Member Master Barber

Tammy Hingtgen

Professional Member Cosmetologist

They also issue licenses for to individuals who qualify for reciprocity or through the state boards administration of a written and practical examination to schools and salons. To find out how to apply for a new license, renew an existing one or find out how many hours for cosmetology license in New Mexico, check out the New Mexico Cosmetology License page for additional information. The list of categories the state board issues licenses for are below:

  • Available License Categories
  • Barber
  • Cosmetologist
  • Electrologist
  • Esthetician
  • Manicurist
  • Pedicurist

If you need to obtain a cosmetology license, renew an existing one, or want to open up a salon or go to school, then in most cases there are fees involved. We list all available fees for this state below. We recommend to call the New Mexico State Board Of Cosmetology if you cannot find the fee information you are looking for below, or if you need to know how to pay your fees and what type of payments they accept.

Full Licensure Application
Enterprise or Establishment License (Original) $200
Booth Establishment License (Original) $200
School License (Original) $500
Master Barber License (Original) $50
Cosmetologist License (Original) $50
Manicurist/Pedicurist License (Original) $50
Manicurist/Esthetician License (Original) $50
Electrologist License (Original) $50
Esthetician License (Original) $50
Instructor License (Original) $50
*Reciprocity (Original) $150
Continuing Education Provider $50
Student Permit Registration $25
*The reciprocity fee is for persons wishing to transfer their current and honorable practitioner's license to New Mexico from the state in which they are licensed. No temporary licenses are issued for persons seeking reciprocity.
Annual Renewal Fees
Cosmetologist $50
Esthetician $50
Electrologist $50
Enterprise or Establishment License (Original) $200
Identification $50
Instructor $50
Manicurist/Pedicurist or Manicurist/Esthetician $50
Master Barber $50
Enterprise, Establishment $50
Booth Establishment $50
Continuing Education Provider $50
School $500
Other Fees
Duplicate License $25
Application Fee $10
Affidavit/Verification/Certification Fee $15
Late Fee for ALL license types $40
List Fee on Disk $95
Relocation Booth/Relocation Establishment $25

New Mexico Cosmetology License Lookup

If you are planning to setup an appointment with a local salon, it is recommended that you first verify the professional or business license. You can do that online for the state of New Mexico by visiting 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.

Filing a Complaint

Part of the duties of the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists is receiving and investigating consumer complaints involving unlawful acts which may include:

  • False advertisement
  • Violations of health
  • Deceptive statements
  • Sanitation regulations
  • Unlicensed person
  • Malpractice or incompetence

If you feel like you have experienced one of these issues listed above, or have information about a specific incident, then you would need to submit your complaint. If you have issues or questions about the complaint process outlined below, then it is recommended you contact the state board for assistance.

The Boards and Commission Division takes every legitimate complaint against their licensees seriously and investigates to determine if any professional or ethical standards have been violated. Depending on the severity of the violation, the Division can suspend or permanently revoke a license.

To file a complaint please complete the complaint form, providing the individual board or commission as much information as possible about your complaint. List any other people who might have information or knowledge about this situation, and include the addresses and phone numbers for each of them. You must have your signature notarized by a notary public. Please type and print your complaint form or write legibly so the staff could understand the nature of the complaint. To find out if there are disciplinary actions against a licensee please click here or call the board office at 505-476-4622. To find out the status of a filed compliant please contact the board office at 505-476-4622.

Here are some tips on preparing your complaint. Make a list of things you want to say. Try your best to separate your feelings from the facts. Present the events in the order of which they happened, use dates and times if possible. When submitting your complaint, please make sure to provide copies of documents, for example contracts, letters, advertisements, sakes slips, cancelled checks, warranties and any other documentation that can support your claim. Only provide copies, keep the original copies for your own record. Please remember, the complaint should describe the event or practice which misled you. If you can, please also state why the practice was misleading.

If you still have questions or issues about your complaint or about cosmetology, then use the contact information listed below. We provide the New Mexico Board Of Cosmetology phone number, office address and how to access their departments website.

  • State Board Office Location
  • New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
    2550 Cerillos Road 2nd Floor
    Santa Fe, NM 87505

  • State Board Office Phone
  • You can reach the office by calling the New Mexico State Board of Cosmetology phone number 505-476-4622. Their fax number is 505-476-4665.

  • State Board Website
  • You can acccess the New Mexico state board online by going to