Waxing

The practice of "waxing" means providing for a fee, or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services to enhance the appearance of the face, neck, arms, legs, or shoulders of a human being by the removal of hair by the use of depilatories, waxes or tweezing but shall not include the practice of electrology. 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

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Appearance Enhancement and Barber E-Licensing System Update

License Center Guides:

License Center
Applicant User Guide for the License Center (doc)

License Center Amendments Guide (doc)

NY Licensing Center Claiming Record(s) Guide (doc)

NYS Licensing Center Renewal Guide (doc)



NYS Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee

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.