How to Transfer Cosmetology License to Another State

Each state has different requirements for obtaining and maintaining a cosmetology license. When you move to a new state, you will need to make sure that you qualify for a license in the new state as well. Most states offer programs that make transferring easy. Some even have reciprocity laws with nearby states, and all you will have to do is apply for a new license and pay the fee. Here is an explanation of the process of how to transfer cosmetology license to another state:

How to Transfer Cosmetology License to Another State

The first step in transferring your license is contacting the State Board of Cosmetology in the state where you will be moving. They will be able to explain the transfer process to you, including the specific state licensing requirements. Many states also list this information on their website.

This should be done as early as possible, because some states have much more stringent requirements than others. If the new state requires more classroom training hours than your current license, you will have to take additional classes. Knowing this as soon as possible can help you reduce the time you are out of work.

Finishing Coursework

You’ll have to enroll in the necessary coursework and complete it before you can continue the process in these states. Sometimes the number of additional hours can be accomplished by taking advanced cosmetology courses that teach new techniques or about new products. In other cases, there are specific board-required classes about safety and sanitation that are required for all licensed cosmetologists.

The Application Process

In states with a reciprocity agreement, you will still need to request an application to transfer your license. You’ll probably also have to request that your current state license information be forwarded to the new state from your original State Board. This is required in the same way many colleges require high school transcripts before students are allowed to enroll.

You’ll also be required to submit other information in addition to the transfer application and current license. This may include a processing fee, information about your education, and proof of hands-on experience. Your cosmetology school can help you to compile this information if necessary.

Testing

In a few states, you may be asked to pass the state cosmetology examination. This happens in states where the exam is less complex than in most states. In states that use a comprehensive test requiring both hands-on and written exams, this will not be necessary. If it is, there are usually reviews offered to help students prepare for the test.

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Julie Boyajian
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Julie Boyajian

hello. I’m want to transfer my license to Tennessee

Pamela Newsom
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Pamela Newsom

Where are you coming from??

Pamela Newsom
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Pamela Newsom

I lived in Ohio but, now I live in Gillette, Whyoming

Sharon Isenberg
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Sharon Isenberg

I have moved from Colorado to Kansas. The Kansas Board requires a verification of licensure and training/education received in the state of Colorado where which I received my training/education from
Hair Dynamics in Fort Collins,Colorado which has since closed!
The Kansas Board will receive Verification of Licensure via e-mail.
How do I proceed?
Sharon.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Sharon, that is a great question. Most states have a process and would recommend that you reach out to the Colorado Board. In Washington State, student records are recorded on the state level in addition to being at the school. Even if a school has closed, you may be able to petition Colorado’s regulatory agency that oversees beauty schools to verify what was recorded. If that doesn’t work, old records may suffice. You may also see if an affidavit from a prior school employee may be acceptable; it’s a long shot, but is worth a try.

Pamela Newsom
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Pamela Newsom

I would think once Dynamics closed all of your records most likely went to the other school. And so I would get on the internet and look up Whyoming Board of Cosmetology and do what you call “Look up License for verification. And send that to them over email, or fax. If u need that information, I do have it

Donna Marie Schwarz
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Donna Marie Schwarz

I received my cosmetology license in Connecticut, transferred it to Ohio then let it expire. I now plan on moving to Florida how can I get my cosmetology license renewed? I let my license expire a 18 years ago.

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Donna, thank you for your question. The best way is to reach out the Ohio Board of Cosmetology, and if that doesn’t work, I would reach out the Florida to see if they have any options. I wish I could be more help, but I am not as familiar with both those states. Some states will allow you to ‘retest’ however others may require you to attend school again, depending on the length of time the licensed has lapsed.

Pam newsom
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Pam newsom

I’m from Ohio and they won’t let them go anywhere until you have all your CEUs done

Kim Rojas
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Kim Rojas

I have an active boston massachusetts cosmo license. I now for 1 yr. Lived in myrtle beach, sc. How do I ransfer so I can work here.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

You would need to reach out to South Carolina Board of Cosmetology. Here is the their website: llr.sc.gov/cosmo/

Janice Arnold
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Janice Arnold

Try to call them is impossible. They just say ” call back at later time and hang up.”

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Janice, are you referring to your experience with Evergreen Beauty College? If so, please submit your inquiry online at evergreenbeauty.edu or call our Admission’s line at (425) 336-5120 and an admission counselor will get back to you within a business day.

patty
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patty

trying to move from Illinois to South Carolina, licensed in IL for over 30 years with all CEU hours met no violations and they are trying to get me to re-take the state exams again!! Anyone have a better solution like an endorsement?

KATHLEEN Musetti
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KATHLEEN Musetti

Have original N.Y. Licensing would like to change it to N.C How do I go about this?

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You would need to reach out the regulatory agency in North Carolina. Link: boardofcosmetology.net/north-carolina-state-board-of-cosmetology-cb33

guets
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guets

I have a New York License I want to transfer to New Jersey any idea where I start?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

You would need to reach out to the New Jersey Board of Cosmetology. Here is the website: njconsumeraffairs.gov/cos

Ra'keesha
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Ra'keesha

Hello, I have my cosmetology license in the state of Michigan but I just moved to South Carolina and want to transfer it. What is the steps for doing that?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

You will want to check out the South Carolina’s Cosmetology Board. Here is the link: llr.sc.gov/cosmo/

Kristin Dan
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Kristin Dan

I have a MI cosmetology license and want to apply for an Ohio license. Do I contact MI or Ohio first? If you have a link that would be much appreciated. I can’t seem to find the correct site.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Hello Kristin, I am not as familiar with the licensing rules in Ohio, but I would definitely reach out Ohio to see what the steps would be and then follow up with Michigan. This is the website for Ohio’s Cosmetology Board: cos.ohio.gov/ Good luck!

Brianna
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Brianna

Hello! I moved from CA to NY with over 7 yrs in the industry. Where do I start by transferring my Lic I am very confused from what I’ve read online.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Hello Brianna, it may be best to reach out directly to the New York State Division of Licensing Services [Cosmetology]. Here is a link if it may be helpful: dos.ny.gov/licensing/cosmetology/cosmetology.html

Haley J Green
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Haley J Green

Trying to transfer my license from Colorado to Iowa. Tried to make an account with Iowa State Board of Cosmetology but it is not processing. Is there another avenue I can take?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Haley, I would suggest that you move forward with trying to apply with Colorado first.

Tom
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Tom

I live in Cali now but if i move to Texas, Boston, Georgia, Alabama or Florida…. can I transfer my Cosmetology license? Can you explain the rules? Do I need to learn and make the test or no? Thanks.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Tom, that is a great question. Each state has it’s own regulation and rules. The best way would be to reach out to the individual states to get the most up to date requirements.

Pamela Newsom
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Pamela Newsom

Hi I’m from Ohio and I have my Advanced Cosmetology License. In my state?of Ohio, It’s considered to be moving up the latter. I went from a Receptionist to Stylist(hairdresser), to Managing Cosmetologists, then to an Advanced Cosmetologists. In my State that is as far as I could go. As an Advanced Cos. Girl I could Manage a Salon as well as be the Owner. I also could work from home, as long as I had a separate restroom.
Thanks for your time,
Sincerely, Pamela Newsom
Graduate of Cosmetology 1988

Sara Brown
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Sara Brown

hi! i’m starting cosmetology school in January will credits transfer from Kentucky to South Carolina?

Lena
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Lena

I have moved to Florida and have an Illinois license; I would like to transfer it to Florida

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Lena, the best thing to do is reach out the regulatory agency in Florida. Here is their website: boardofcosmetology.net/florida-state-board-of-cosmetology-cb9

janet ferrara
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janet ferrara

i need help, I need to renew my license, its been a few years, im a cosmetologist for 36 years and I moved to New jersey 6 years ago, Now I want to cut hair again, what do I do?, Il Pay to renew license first but how do I switch to new jersey?

Jessica Battaglia
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Jessica Battaglia

Hello,

I am an esthetician in Maryland. I am moving to North Carolina how would I change my license over? Do I have to take the state boards again?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Jessica, the best thing to do is to reach out directly the regulatory agency in North Carolina. Here is the their website: boardofcosmetology.net/north-carolina-state-board-of-cosmetology-cb33

Alyce Dellapenna
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Alyce Dellapenna

how do i transfer a osmetologist licence from Jax Florida

Alyce Dellapenna
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Alyce Dellapenna

needed to add to North Carolina

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

Alyce, which state are you trying to transfer your license to?

Lori
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Lori

I will be getting my South Carolina license in the mail soon. How do I transfer my License to North Carolina ??

Shannon N Alexander
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Shannon N Alexander

how do I obtain an affidavit verifying the type of license

ana
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ana

Hello! I’m planning ; to move to Nevada, and I’m active license in Illinois what Are the requirements

Mekdelawit Habtmariam
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Mekdelawit Habtmariam

I want transfer my Virginia license to Vermont

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

The best thing to do is to reach out to the Vermont Department of Cosmetology to see what their process is. Here is the their website: https://sos.vermont.gov/barbers-cosmetologists/forms-instructions/

k paul
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k paul

I just moved to georgia from colorado Ive been doing hair there for 30 years What do I need to do to get a license here

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

KPaul, check out the Board of Cosmetology in Georgia. It’ll give you instructions on next steps: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/16