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Cosmetology License


State State, Department of

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.

NYS Department of State


123 William Street, 19th Floor

New York NY 10038-3804
Phone (518) 473-2492
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