All beauty treatment specialists as well as all spas and salons must be licensed to legally operate within New York State. The state has five different designations for beauty specialists, listed below. Click on the occupation that may be of interest to you. Follow the links to learn about licensing and exam information. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement Law.
An individual may apply for an Appearance Enhancement Business License to operate an Appearance Enhancement establishment that provides any or all of the services included in the practice of cosmetology, esthetics, nail specialty, natural hair styling and/or waxing.
• Appearance Enhancement Business/Area Renter Application
• Appearance Enhancement/Barber Business Closing Form
• Change of Supervising Barber for Barber Apprentice
• Bond Form
Applicant User Guide for the License Center
NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee
It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement License Law. For instance, owners of an appearance enhancement shop shall conspicuously post a sign at the entrance of the business indicating that the business and individual operators are licensed by the New York State Department of State and that rules and regulations governing the business and practices are available for review upon request.