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Indiana Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Indiana Board of Cosmetology License Information

Last Updated: December 27, 2012

In order to obtain a license in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology in the state of Indiana, students must complete the requirements listed below from the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology. When getting an Indiana cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Indiana's minimum required training hours and then take the state's cosmetology board exams. After finishing your training, you are required to pass a licensing exam issued by the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology. Once you pass this exam, you will receive your Indiana cosmetology license shortly thereafter. You're now able to work in the state of Indiana. Keep in mind, even though Indiana may not require continuing education to renew some licenses, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in Indiana annually to stay current on the latest trends. For specific questions, please contact the IN Board of Cosmetology directly for more information. The state of IN does not allow apprenticeship to get your training hours for some of the beauty profession licenses, see below. IN uses Pearson Vue for its cosmetology board exams, and you may take the exam in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Simplified Chinese for cosmetology, nail tech and esthetics. You can take the barber license and cosmetology instructor exams in English or Spanish. The electrology license exam is offered only in English.

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Indiana Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Indiana Cosmetology License Renewal

Indiana cosmetology licenses expire on August 1 every 4 years. Barber licenses expire on September 1 every 4 years. If your license has been expired more than 3 years, you must re-take the practical exam to get re-licensed. The cost to renew cosmetology licenses in Indiana is $40, but if you are late there is an additional $50 penalty. You can renew your license up to 60 days prior to its expiration, and 24 to 48 hours later can print a free license card, or you can order a blue card online for $13.75. Indiana does not currently require additional cosmetology continuing education hours to renew.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) to Indiana

Reciprocity is granted in Indiana on a case-by-case basis depending on whether your home state has similar or equivalent education and licensing requirements. You may not transfer if you have only attended nail school but have not worked actively with the license, and you may be required to take additional training. However for cosmetology it is acceptable to transfer a license with school hours only. Electrologists must have cosmetology or esthetician licenses to transfer. There is a $40 fee and an application to transfer your license to Indiana. If your license does not meet the same standards that Indiana requires, you can instead have a minimum of 1000 hours of training plus 5 years of work history. You would need to provide a work affidavit form showing that you've worked in the field for a minimum of 5 years (500 hours per year). Manicurists must show a minimum of 300 training hours and 1 1/2 years work experience to transfer. Estheticians must show 400 training hours and 3 years work experience to transfer. Electrologists must show 200 training hours and 1 year work experience to transfer. Cosmetology instructors must show 700 training hours and 3 years work experience to transfer.

IN State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
State Board of Cosmetology Examiners
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W0-72
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone Number: 317-234-3031
Fax Number: 317-233-4236
E-mail Address:

The Indiana State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining an Indiana cosmetology license.

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