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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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Maine


Cosmetology: 1500 hours, apprenticeship of not less than 2500 hours.
Barbering: 1500 hours, apprenticeship of not less than 2500 hours.
Esthetics: 750 hours, apprenticeship 1250 hour.
Nail Technology: 200 hours, apprenticeship 400 hours.
The State Board shall waive an exam and grant a license to an applicant who seeks reciprocity, provided that the applicant has a valid license from a State whose requirements are equal to or greater than Maine's.
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

MAINE State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology
State House Sta. 35
Augusta, ME 04333
207/624-8603
207-624-8637
[email protected]


Maryland


Changes to MD law effective 12/01 CLICK TO READ

Cosmetologist

Must be at least 17 years of age and have completed 9th grade or G.E.D.  Applicant must submit proof of completion of 1500 hours of training in a cosmetology school or 24 months as a registered apprentice in a licensed beauty salon.

Esthetician

Must be at least 17 years of age and have completed the 9th grade or G.E.D. Applicant must submit proof of completion of 600 hours of training in a cosmetology school or 12 months as a registered apprentice in a licensed beauty salon.

Nail Technician

Must be at least 17 years of age and have completed 9th grade or G.E.D.  Applicant must submit proof of completion of at least 250 hours of training in a cosmetology school or 8 months as a registered apprentice in a licensed beauty salon.

Makeup Artist

Must be at least 17 years of age and have completed 9th grade or G.E.D.  Applicant must submit proof of having successfully completed a course or program in makeup artist services approved by the Board.

Senior Cosmetologist

Must submit proof of working for 24 months as a licensed beauty in a licensed cosmetology salon or barber shop and qualify by examination given by the Board.

Owner Salon

Submit approved use and occupancy permit from local zoning agency with license application.

Owner Limited Practice

Owner Limited Practice license is issued for either manicuring or esthetician. Submit approved use and occupancy permit from  local zoning agency with license application.

Apprentice Cosmetologist
(Limited to 1 one-year original license & 2 one-year renewals)

Must complete an application and sponsorship form which must be signed by a senior cosmetologist and salon owner.  Must complete 24 months of training with at least 30 hours per week. Licensees are required to mail monthly training reports to the Board each month.

Apprentice Esthetician (Limited to 1 one-year original license & 1 one-year renewal)

Must complete an application and sponsorship form which must be signed by a senior cosmetologist or a 2 year licensed esthetician and salon owner.  Must complete 12 months of training with at least 30 hours per week. Licensees are required to mail monthly training reports to the Board each month.

Apprentice Nail Technician
 
(Limited to 1 one-year original license)

Must complete an application and sponsorship form which must be signed by a licensed senior cosmetologist or 2 year licensed nail technician and salon owner.  Must complete 8 months of training with at least 30 hours per week. Licensees are required to mail monthly training reports to the Board each month.

Reciprocity: Maryland grants reciprocity to those individuals who hold a license from a State whose requirements are the same as or greater than those of Maryland's.
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.

State Board of Barbers

State Board of Cosmetologists

File a Complaint

Exam Info

MARYLAND State Board of Cosmetologists
500 N. Calvert Street Room 307
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
(410) 230-6320


Massachusetts


Cosmetology: 1000 Hours
Nail Technology: 100 Hours
Esthetics: 300 Hours
Electrology: 1100 Hours ( Exam given twice a year. )
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.
Read the notice HERE

Exam info

MASSACHUSETTS
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street
Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
617/727-9940
Fax: 617-737-1627


Michigan


Cosmetologist:1500 hours
Esthetician: 400 hours (effective 8/98)
Manicurist: 400 hours
Electrologist: 300 hours
Barber: 1750 hours
All applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have a minimum level of education equivalent to the 9th grade.
Reciprocity: All individuals licensed in another state may obtain their license in the state of Michigan by making an application to the board and meeting the requirements of 17 years of age and a 9th grade education. No examination is required. For those individuals whose states have requirements less than those in Michigan a credit of 100 hours per every 6 months work experience will be awarded.
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.

Complaint Form: Page1 Page2 (each a full page, may take a while to load, be patient!)
or try this link: STATEMENT OF COMPLAINT

Street Address:
2501 Woodlake Circle
Okemos, MI 48864

Bureau of Commercial Services
Barber Examiners -- Cosmetology
Board of Cosmetology
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 241-9201
Fax: (517) 241-9280
[email protected]


Minnesota


Barber
Barber Apprentice
Barber Instructor
Cosmetologist: 1550 hours.
Cosmetology Instructor
Cosmetology Manager
Esthetician: 600 hours
Manicurist: 350 hours.
An applicant must have at least a twelfth grade education or a G.E.D. Electrology is not licensed by the State but may be regulated by the local municipality. Reciprocity may be granted to currently licensed applicants who pass the Minnesota Board Exam and who have at least 1800 hours of licensed experience within the last three years.
Home Salon and Mobile Salon allowed.

Complaint Form  

Board of Barbers and Cosmetology Examiners
2829 University Avenue SE Suite 710
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone612-617-2600
Fax 612-617-2601


Mississippi


Cosmetology: 1500 Hours
Nail Technology: 350 Hours
Esthetics: 600 Hours
Reciprocity: with Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia.
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.

Complaints and Violations

Exam info

Mississippi State Board Of Cosmetology
P.O. Box 55689
Jackson, Mississippi 39296-5689
601-987-6837
Fax: 601-687-6840


Missouri

Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Manicurist:
400 hours
Esthetician: 750 hours
Reciprocity: Manicurist-Equal hours or take exam
Home Salon and Mobile Salon allowed.

Complaint Form: Page1 (each a full page, may take a while to load, be patient!)
SUBMIT IN TRIPLICATE or try here: Complaint Form

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.

Effective September 30, 2000, the use of any liquid product containing Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is prohibited.

Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1062
Jefferson City, MO  65102-1062
573.751.1052 Telephone
866.762.9432 Toll Free
573.751.8167 Fax
800.735.2966 TTY
800.735.2466 Voice Relay
[email protected]
http://pr.mo.gov/cosbar.asp


Montana


Cosmetology: 2000 Hours
Nail Technology: 350 Hours
Esthetics: 650 Hours
Electrology: 600 Hours
Reciprocity: An applicant with LESS than the hours required by Montana must take the National Practical and Written exams. An applicant may take the additional hours from an approved school.
Home Salon allowed

COMPLAINT FORM

MONTANA Department of Labor and Industry
Board of Cosmetologists
301 South Park
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
406/841-2333
Fax: (406) 841-2305

[email protected]
 


Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology Product Warning

Please be advised that the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology, as of 6/22/99, considers the use of Methyl Methacrylate Monomers (MMA) in the manicuring industry to be unsafe and therefore prohibited. These products are commonly referred to as "dental acrylics" or "porcelain nails". The FDA has classified MMA as a "poisonous and deleterious substance". MMA complaints have included skin allergies, permanent loss of the nail plate, permanent loss of sensation in the fingertips, and, after prolonged usage, permanent damage to the respiratory system.

Any manicurist knowingly using products containing MMA will face disciplinary action. If you have any questions regarding this notice please contact the Board at 617-727-3067.

 

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