New York License Requirements

Last Updated: April 25, 2017

New York has strict licensing requirements in place for beauty professionals, and it’s important for you to meet these requirements before you begin working in a beauty profession. The minimum training hours for each profession are listed below. All licensing laws are made by the New York Division of Licensing Services.

After finishing your training, you are required to pass the New York cosmetology board exams in the English language. This state does allow apprenticeship to get some professional licenses, so be sure to check specifics below. Once you pass your boards, you should receive your New York cosmetology license and be able to work legally in the state.

While New York does not require any continuing education hours for renewal, you may wish to consider taking cosmetology continuing education hours in New York annually to stay current on the latest beauty trends and changes in licensing requirements. For specific questions, please contact the New York Division of Licensing directly for more information.

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2017 New York Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

New York Cosmetology License Renewal

Cosmetology licenses in New York must be renewed every four years and the license renewal fee is $40. There is a $10 late fee for licenses that are renewed after their expiration date. No continuing education hours are currently required, but CEUs are the recommended way of staying on top of changes in the industry.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Transfer) in New York

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. Work experience requirements range from one year to five years.

Cosmetology Endorsement - New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming cosmetology licensees may earn New York licenses via endorsement.

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 licensees may apply for 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 licensees may apply for nail technician licensure by endorsement. 

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

    NY State Board of Cosmetology Contact Information

    New York Dept. of State Division of Licensing Services
    Albany Division of Licensing Services
    1 Commerce Plaza
    99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
    Albany, NY 12231
    Phone Number: 518-474-4429
    Fax Number: 518-473-6648

    The New York State Board of Cosmetology can answer any of the additional questions you might have about obtaining a New York cosmetology license that we didn’t note above.