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Licenses and laws

Most states require beauty graduates to pass an exam and earn a license in order to practice the profession. States also have varying rules on the amount of training that beauty professionals must have, and on how your training and experience in one state can be applied toward a license in another state.

State agencies may be able to give you information on a school you're interested in, such as how many of the school's graduates have gone on to beauty jobs.

For further information, contact the agency in your state.

Alabama Board of Cosmetology
100 North Union Street Suite 320
Montgomery, AL 36130

Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Arizona Board of Cosmetology
1721 East Broadway
Tempe, AZ 85282-1611

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 108
Little Rock, AR 72201

California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paso Road Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

Florida Board of Cosmetology
940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Georgia Board of Cosmetology
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858

Hawaii Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Idaho State Board of Cosmetology
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, ID 83702-5642

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
320 West Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62786

Indiana State Board of Cosmetology Examiners
402 W. Washington St., Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Kansas Board of Cosmetology
714 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603

Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
111 St. James Court, Suite A
Frankfort, KY 40601

Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology
11622 Sunbelt Court
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Maine State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists
500 North Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists
Ten Park Plaza, Suite 5170
Boston, MA 02116

Michigan State Board of Cosmetology
Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909

Minnesota Board of Barber and Cosmetology Examiners
2829 University Ave. SE #710
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 112
Box 55689
Jackson, MS 39296-5689

Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
3605 Missouri Boulevard
Box 1062
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1062

Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
301 South Park, Room 430
Box 200517
Helena, MT 59620-0517

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509

Nevada State Board of Cosmetology
1785 E. Sahara Avenue, Suite 255
Las Vegas, NV 89104

New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics
2 Industrial Park Drive
Concord, NH 03301

New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling
Box 45003
Newark, NJ 07101

New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York Division of Licensing Services
80 S. Swan Street, 10th floor
Albany, NY 12210

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
1201 Front St., Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27609

North Dakota Board of Cosmetology
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0001

Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
1929 Gateway Circle
Grove City, OH 43123

Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 84
Shepherd Mall
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Oregon Board of Cosmetology
700 Summer St. NE, Suite 320
Salem, OR 97301-1287

Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology
2601 North Third St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Rhode Island Board of Hairdressing and Barbering
3 Capitol Hill, Room 105
Providence, RI 02908

South Carolina Board of Cosmetology
Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329

South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

Tennessee Board of Cosmetology
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Vermont Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
National Life Building, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402

Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233-1463

Washington State Department of Licensing
Box 9048
Olympia, WA 98507

West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
1716 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 7
Charleston, WV 25302

Wisconsin Barbering and Cosmetology Examining Board
1400 East Washington Ave., Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708

Wyoming Board of Cosmetology
2515 Warren Ave., Suite 302
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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