Cosmetology License



State, Department of State
People who practice nail or hair styling, waxing, and beauty treatment need a Cosmetology License. This license comes from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS).

Applicants must meet education and experience requirements and pass an exam. Those who have a license in some other states can have their license endorsed in New York.

New regulations are in place to protect workers. Read "Nail Salons-Important Information" and "Nail Salon Safety - What You Need To Know" for more information. Both are linked under "Additional Resources." Businesses that do not follow these laws will be punished.

For more information, contact:

NYS Department of State
123 William Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038-3804
Phone: (518) 473-2492

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