The practice of "esthetics" means providing for a fee, or any consideration or exchange, whether direct or indirect, services to enhance the appearance of the face, neck, arms, legs, and shoulders of a human being by the use of compounds or procedures including makeup, eyelashes, depilatories, tonics, lotions, waxes, sanding and tweezing, whether performed by manual, mechanical, chemical or electrical means and instruments but shall not include the practice of electrology.
If you are at least 17 years old, you may apply for an Esthetics license based on:
New York State Education and Examinations (eligible for temporary license)
You must complete a 600-hour approved course of study and pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to get a license to operate in New York state. As proof of successful completion of schooling the Affirmation of New York State Approved Schooling section of the esthetics application must be completed by your school director.
After your application is reviewed and accepted, you will receive information that explains the exam process in detail.
Education Outside of New York State (eligible for temporary license)
The Department of State may waive the New York State schooling requirement if you can document an equivalent level of schooling from another state or country. You must submit all three of the following documents:
- (1) a school certificate;
- (2) a school transcript listing subjects and hours completed; AND
- (3) a current, original Certification of Licensure from your state board or, if not licensed, a current Certification from your state's board verifying the hours claimed.
- After your application is reviewed and accepted, you will also be required to pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to obtain an Esthetics license in this state. You will receive information that explains the exam process in detail.
Experience: 5 Years Outside of New York State
Any individual having five years of legal experience in an occupation equivalent to Esthetics may apply for a New York State license by submitting satisfactory evidence of education and experience.
Within the United States experience:
- An original certification from the licensing agency you were previously licensed with.
- Two experience statements filled out by former employers, co-workers, clients, that can claim your experience in the state for at least five years. These experience statements must include EXACT dates (month and year of start of service and month and year of end of service), location(City, State, shop name), and specific services that you performed.
- Copy of tax returns which indicate Esthetics as occupation
Outside of the United States experience:
Evidence may include but is not limited to:
- Official certification from the licensing authority in your country or verification from the Consulate that a license is not required to practice this occupation in your country.
- Detailed letters from employer(s) in your country specifying EXACT dates of employment, location and specific services that you performed.
- Detailed letters from your client(s), or coworker(s), in your country specifying EXACT dates of service, location and specific services you performed.
- Copy of passport which indicates Esthetics as occupation, drivers license, workbook with Esthetics experience, or any photo identification.
- Copies of course curricula and diplomas/certificates for education completed in your country.
- Copy of tax returns which indicate Esthetics as occupation.
After your application is reviewed and accepted, you may obtain a Esthetics license in New York State without examination or further education.
Endorsement An applicant who holds an Esthetics license in another jurisdiction may obtain an Esthetics license in New York through endorsement without examination or further education. Refer to the Esthetics endorsement list to determine if you qualify for licensure based on endorsement. An applicant must submit an original certification from the jurisdiction where s/he holds an equivalent license.
Previous New York State Licensure An individual who fails to file an application and fee for renewal within five years of the expiration date cited on the individual’s license shall be ineligible for such license until he/she passes a written exam. Proof of previous licensure may be required.
$40 - Initial Application
$40 - Renewal
$15 - Written Exam Fee
$15 - Practical Exam Fee
$10 - Six month temporary license
$10 - Six month temporary license renewal
Note: If applying for an initial application and a temporary license, you may combine the fees and remit one $50 application fee.
$10 - Late Renewal Penalty
$0 - Change of Personal Name
$10 - Change of Address
$10 - Duplicate License/Registration Request
Term of licensure is four years.