North Carolina Cosmetology License

The process for getting a license from the North Carolina Board of Cosmetology in esthetics, cosmetology and nail technology, all students must fulfill the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology License Requirements listed below.

Please contact the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts for additional details.


North Carolina Board of Cosmetology Requirements

COSMETOLOGY: 1500 hours
ESTHETICIAN: 600 hours
NAIL TECHNOLOGY: 300 hours
TEACHER: 800 hours (Cosmetologist), 320 hours (Manicurist) or 650 hours (Esthetician) in an approved cosmetic art school teacher program or proof of 5 years (Cosmetologist), 2 years (Manicurist) or 3 years (Esthetician) full-time work in a cosmetic art shop immediately prior to application.

Reciprocity for a Cosmetology License in NC

North Carolina will recognize a license from another state if you have the following:
• Current license from one state
• Passed a cosmetology state board approved or national exam
• No disciplinary actions against your license

The NC board of cosmetology will recognize a license from another country if you have:
• Original documents that show school training
• Evaluation of the school documents


Please contact the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners office for reciprocity details with regard to your cosmetology license in North Carolina.

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology Contact Info

NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
1201 Front St #110
Raleigh, NC 27609-7533
919-733-4117 (phone)
919-733-4127 (fax)

The North Carolina (NC) Board of Cosmetology will assist you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or modification of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other helpful forms, as well as answer further questions about getting a NC cosmetology license.

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