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Licensing Requirements

Additions - Corrections to: [email protected]

All information listed on the following pages MAY NOT be current.
Please check directly with the agency.

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Florida


Cosmetology:1200 Hours
Nail Specialist: 240 hours
Skin Care:260 hours
Reciprocity: to those individuals holding a license from another State whose requirements are the same or more stringent than Florida's
A Hair Braiding registration is available in Florida. (Two day-16 hour course)
Home Salons allowed

MMA has been prohibited in one manner or another in this state.
Prohibited can mean:
A law or rule has been passed prohibiting MMA use.
The technician and/or shop will receive a written/verbal warning possibly after a consumer complaint or inspection by state officials.
A fine may be accessed if a violation occurs.
The state abides by the FDA guidelines.
Please see the state's web site for more specific information and/or contact them or us directly.

Complaints Click Here 850.487.1395

FLORIDA Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation
1940 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-487-1395
Fax: 850-922-6959


Georgia


Cosmetology: 1500 Hours, Apprenticeship 3000 Hours
Esthetician: 1000 Hours, Apprenticeship 2000 Hours
Nail Technician: September 23, 2000 525 Hours, Apprenticeship 640 Hours
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and of good moral character.
MMA BANNED
Reciprocity: The Georgia State Board of Barbers and Georgia State Board of Cosmetology reciprocity requirements are according to O.C.G.A. 43-10-9, which states that reciprocity may be extended to licensees from other states and countries that have similar training and licensing requirements and will extend reciprocity to Georgia licensees. Out of country applicants’ training will be reviewed by the board and applicants may be required to take the written and practical examination. The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology does not reciprocate with California, Florida, Hawaii or New York. For all other states, reciprocity will be granted or denied on an individual basis in accordance with the law.

The Georgia State Board of Barbers has "Endorsement," and therefore, will accept licensees from other states with similar licensure requirements and having no disciplinary action against their license. The Georgia State Board of Barbers does not endorse licenses from Alabama, California, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Nevada, Washington or Oklahoma. For all other states, endorsement will be granted or denied on an individual basis in accordance with the law.

As of July 1, 2000 all techs must get 10 hours of continuing Education in
order to renew the license. Unless if the license is 30 years active. 

Exam info (PDF file)

GEORGIA State Board of Cosmetology
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
478-207-1430
Fax 478-207-1363


Hawaii


Barber: 1500 hours
Cosmetology:
1800 Hours, apprenticeship 3600 hours
Nail Technology: 350 Hours, apprenticeship 700 hours
Esthetics: 600 Hours, apprenticeship 1100 hours
Reciprocity: granted to all with a current license from a State with equal or greater requirements. Work experience is a consideration if you have less schooling than required.
Home salon and Mobile salon allowed

HAWAII Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Board of Cosmetology
1010 Richards St.
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
808/586-3000
(808) 586-2699


Idaho


Idaho Board of Cosmetology

COSMETOLOGY: 2000 Hours, apprenticeship 4000 hours
Esthetician: 800 hours, apprenticeship 1600 hours
Nail Technician: 400 Hours
Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age, of good moral character, and have
completed two years of High School or its equivalent.
Reciprocity: granted to licensed applicants who provide official documentation that the requirements for license under which the license was issued are of a standard not lower than Idaho OR who provide official documentation that they have practiced for at least three (3) years immediately prior to making application. 
Home salons are allowed. Mobile salons are not allowed

MMA has been prohibited in one manner or another in this state.
Prohibited can mean:
A law or rule has been passed prohibiting MMA use.
The technician and/or shop will receive a written/verbal warning possibly after a consumer complaint or inspection by state officials.
A fine may be accessed if a violation occurs.
The state abides by the FDA guidelines.
Please see the state's web site for more specific information and/or contact them or us directly.

How to File a Complaint

IDAHO Board of Cosmetology
Barbers -- Cosmetologists
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Owyhee Plaza
1109 Main St, Suite 220
Boise ID 83702
(208) 334-3233
(208) 334-3945 fax

e-mail [email protected] 


Illinois


Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Esthetician: 750 hours
Nail Technician: 350 hours
All applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Each applicant must have a minimum 8th grade education. If an applicant does not have a high school diploma or its' equivalent they must take an Ability to Benefit test.
(Nov 2000) Nail techs in Illinois may now "beautify" the skin of the hands, feet, forearms and calves.
Reciprocity: Based on laws in issuing state compared to Illinois Law during the time period in which the applicant was licensed. The state does credit the applicant for work experience.
Home salon and Mobile salon allowed

MMA has been prohibited in one manner or another in this state.
Prohibited can mean:
A law or rule has been passed prohibiting MMA use.
The technician and/or shop will receive a written/verbal warning possibly after a consumer complaint or inspection by state officials.
A fine may be accessed if a violation occurs.
The state abides by the FDA guidelines.
Please see the state's web site for more specific information and/or contact them or us directly.

File a complaint by Email

ILLINOIS Dept. of Professional Regulation
Barber
-- Cosmetology
320W. Washington St.,
3rd FIr.
Springfield, IL 62786
217-782-8556
Fax: 217-782-7645


Indiana


Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Esthetician: 700 hours
Manicurist: 450 hours
Applicants for Cosmetologist and Estheticians must be at least 18 years of age and have at least a 10th grade education or its' equivalent, applicants for a nail technician must be at least 17 years, 6 months of age and have at least an 8th grade education.
Reciprocity: Applicants that have been licensed as a Cosmetologist in another state may obtain a license in the state of Indiana as long as the state they are originally licensed in has requirements equal to those of Indiana. In the cases where the training is less than Indiana's requirements than the applicant will receive 100 hours of credit for each 1 year period of practical work experience. All applicants regardless of length of time licensed in another state must take an examination on the Rules and Regulations of Indiana pertaining to the profession they are applying for licensure in. If the issuing state did not require the applicant to take a practical examination they must do so to become licensed in Indiana.
Home salon allowed

MMA has been prohibited in one manner or another in this state.
Prohibited can mean:
A law or rule has been passed prohibiting MMA use.
The technician and/or shop will receive a written/verbal warning possibly after a consumer complaint or inspection by state officials.
A fine may be accessed if a violation occurs.
The state abides by the FDA guidelines.
Please see the state's web site for more specific information and/or contact them or us directly.

File a complaint

Exam info

INDIANA Professional Licensing Agency
Barbers -- Cosmetology
402 W. Washington St., Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317/232-2980
Fax-(317)232-2312


Iowa


Cosmetologist: 2100 hours
Esthetician: 600 hours
Nail Technician: 325 hours
According to Iowa law, in order for a person to receive a cosmetology license (cosmetology, nail tech, esthetician, manicurist), they MUST show proof of a high school diploma or GED. They MUST have graduated from a Cosmetology school and show proof of a diploma from that school.
Reciprocity: Iowa does NOT have "reciprocity" with any state. People from certain states can apply for licensure by "endorsement" only if they have taken a "National" exam. Not all states use a national exam. Some only use a "State" exam.
Home Salon allowed.

MMA has been prohibited in one manner or another in this state.
Prohibited can mean:
A law or rule has been passed prohibiting MMA use.
The technician and/or shop will receive a written/verbal warning possibly after a consumer complaint or inspection by state officials.
A fine may be accessed if a violation occurs.
The state abides by the FDA guidelines.
Please see the state's web site for more specific information and/or contact them or us directly.

Independent Contractor Info

Exam Info

Complaint Form

IOWA Dept. of Public Health
Barber -- Cosmetology
Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
Professional Licensure
Lucas Bldg., 5th Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

515/281-4416

[email protected]

 

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