You must have submitted your completed application to the Division
of Licensing Services and received an admission card/notice before walking in to take the Cosmetology exam (see schedule below). A Cosmetology
License will not be issued until you pass both the written and practical
You may not apply for a second temporary license until you
pass the written exam.
Seats are limited and assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. If you are late, you will not be admitted into the exam.
All applicants will be thumb printed prior to taking the exam.
Cellular phones, beepers and any other electronic devices MUST be turned
off during the exam.
Dictionaries, books, other reference materials, large bags and briefcases are not allowed at the test center. Do not bring these materials to the test center as there is no place to store them.
Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted at the test center. If you bring food or beverages, you will be asked to dispose of them before entering the test center.
Visitors, guests and children are not permitted at the test center.
Any person found using notes, books, or other aids; giving or receiving help; removing examination materials or notes from the test center; causing a disturbance or engaging in practices contrary to the rules of proper examination conduct will be dismissed from the test center. Any decisions regarding disciplinary measures will be made by the Exam Supervisor at the Department of State.
You must correctly answer at least 70 percent of the questions to
pass the exam. However, all exam results are reported as either passed or failed; you will not get a numerical score.
You will be notified by mail as soon as your exam results are available.
Results are not given over the phone, so please do not call Licensing
Services for them.
If you pass the written exam, you will receive a notice in the mail. At a later date, you will be sent an admission notice with the date, time and location of the practical exam for which you are scheduled. Please note that practical exams are scheduled; they are NOT walk-in exams.
If you fail the written exam, you will receive a notice in the mail. You may retake the written exam using the same exam admission card/notice from the first exam. Exam schedules are updated in January and July of each year.
The exam is multiple choice, based on the 1000-hour prelicensing curriculum.
Exam topics include: New York State laws, rules and regulations
governing appearance enhancement license law and safety and health issues;
hazardous materials communication; methods of infection control; anatomy
and physiology (including body cells, tissues, organs and body systems);
histology of skin, bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels; hair structure
and analysis; scalp and hair disorders and treatments; shampoos and rinses;
hair shaping; hair styling (including finger waving, pin curl setting,
roller setting and thermal curling and straightening); chemical waving
and straightening; hair coloring; massage; skin structure and disorders;
make-up and facial treatments; superfluous hair removal; and manicuring.
Applicants will be allowed 2½ hours to complete the test. The allotted time begins at the conclusion of the instructions.
Test sites and times are subject to change and exams may be canceled due to weather conditions or other emergencies. If hazardous weather conditions exist in your area, you may call 518-474-4429 to see if an exam has been canceled. Please do not call the test centers listed below.
If you need assistance or exam information, you may contact a Division of Licensing Services office in your area or call the Albany phone center at 518-474-4429. TDD users may contact the New York State relay operator at 1-800-662-1220. Persons with disabilities who require accessibility information may call 518-473-2731.
No one will be admitted to an examination after the specified starting time.
MONDAYS at 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
80 South Swan Street
Albany, New York 12239
*Located at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Swan Street
BINGHAMTON (State Office Bldg.)
44 Hawley Street, 15th Floor
BUFFALO (State Office Building)
65 Court Street, Main Floor Hearing Room, Part 5
FRANKLIN SQUARE (VFW Hall)
68 Lincoln Road, Basement (N6 Bus Route on Hempstead Turnpike)
From the East, take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 16N, Franklin Ave.
From NYC/West, take the Cross Island Parkway SOUTH to the Southern State Parkway EAST. Take exit 15, Franklin Ave., turn left at the 2nd light onto Franklin Ave.
On Franklin Ave., turn RIGHT onto Hempstead Turnpike and go 5 blocks. Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Rd. (7-Eleven on corner). The VFW Hall and parking lot are on the RIGHT.
HAUPPAUGE (Perry Duryea State Office Building)
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Basement Conference Room
Note: Building sits back off highway. Look for the green sign near the road.
PLEASE NOTE FLOOR CHANGE
NEW YORK CITY
123 William Street, 2nd floor
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE
NEWBURGH (West Street School)
39 West Street, 2nd floor
ROCHESTER (Finger Lakes DDSO)
620 Westfall Road
Take NYS Thruway to Exit 46, take 390 North to exit 16, turn RIGHT on East Henrietta Road, turn right at 2nd traffic light onto Westfall Road, Finger Lakes DDSO is on LEFT. Park in lot on right. Do Not enter through main lobby. Look for Sign, "New York State Testing."
SYRACUSE (State Office Building)
333 E. Washington Street, Main Floor, Hearing Room A
UTICA (State Office Bldg.)
207 Genesee Street 1st Floor, Room 107
On the following TUESDAYS at 9:30 a.m.
From Clinton Community College, 136 Clinton Point Dr., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 US:
Start out going west on Clifton Point Dr. (go 0.06 miles),
turn left to stay on Clifton Point Dr. (go 0.08 miles),
turn right to stay on Clifton Point Dr. (go 0.58 miles).
Turn right onto US-9 (go 1.17 miles).
Turn left onto Connecticut Rd (go 0.79 miles).
Turn right onto Idaho Ave (go 0.29 miles).
Take the 1st right onto Dormitory Dr.,
14 DORMITORY DR, PLATTSBURGH, NY 12903 is on the right.