Cosmetology

The practice of "cosmetology" means providing service to the hair, head, face, neck or scalp of a human being, including but not limited to shaving, trimming, and cutting the hair or beard either by hand or mechanical appliances and the application of antiseptics, powders, oils, clays, lotions or applying tonics to the hair, head, or scalp, and in addition includes providing, for a fee or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services for the application of dyes, reactive chemicals, or other preparations to alter the color or to straighten, curl, or alter the structure of the hair of a human being. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement Law.

License Requirements

Fees and terms of licensure

Forms: (all forms are Adobe PDF Format)

Examination Information:

Examination Scheduling Policy

Written Exam:

Appearance Enhancement Written Examination Procedures

Written Examination Sites

Practical Exam:


Appearance Enhancement and Barber E-Licensing System Update

Applicant User Guide for the License Center (doc)


License Center Amendments Guide (doc)


NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee

Cosmetology Reciprocity List States with which New York has reciprocity.

Cosmetology Endorsement List Under a policy of endorsement, a state with higher educational requirements can accept licensees from a state with lesser standards by mandating experience to make up for the education deficiencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the NYS License Center

 


LICENSE LAW —  pdf 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.