New York

New York


In order to obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology in the state of New York, students must complete the requirements listed below.  Please contact the New York Board of Cosmetology for more information.








BARBER LICENSE: 2-Year Apprenticeship

COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR LICENSE: Cosmetology License + Work Experience



Additional Requirements:


Applicants seeking a New York cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification must attend a licensed school and complete the State of New York's minimum required training hours and then take the state's cosmetology board exams.




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 a) take additional classes for more training hours, or b) take the New York practical and written board exams.

Cosmetologist Reciprocity - Alaska, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia just require current licensure. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington D.C. all require current licensure plus varying amounts of work experience.

Cosmetology Endorsement - New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have cosmetology licensure by endorsement.

Barber Reciprocity - Maine, Pennsylvania, New York have direct reciprocity. If your home state is Maine, New Mexico or Pennsylvania, the Dept. of St ate will waive your NY State practical exam requirement if you supply an original certificate with the raised seal from your home state, along with the Barber Operator Application.

Esthetician Endorsement - Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have esthetician licensure by endorsement.

Nail Technician Endorsement - Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Washington D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming have nail technician licensure by endorsement.

Natural Hair Styling Endorsement - Pennsylvania has natural hair styling licensure by endorsement.


Contact Information:

New York Dept. of State Division of Licensing Services
Albany Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201
518-474-4429 (phone)


The information you find listed within each state is the latest data on file.  Hours and minimum requirements are subject to change. Please contact the appropriate State Board licensing agencies if you have any questions.