Nail Specialty

The practice of "nail specialty" means providing services for a fee or any consideration or exchange to cut, shape or to enhance the appearance of the nails of the hands or feet. Nail specialty includes the application and removal of sculptured or artificial nails. It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Appearance Enhancement Law. (pdf)

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:

Practical Exam Locations


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

Nail Specialty 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 (pdf) 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.


PUBLICATIONS:

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
English – Courtesy of OSHA
(pdf)

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
Spanish – Courtesy of OSHA
(pdf)

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
Vietnamese – Courtesy of OSHA
(pdf)

Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers:
Korean – Courtesy of OSHA