Apply for a Cosmetology License

Information on how to apply for nine types of Cosmetology licenses

Board of Cosmetology and Barbering Services Administration

The Details of Apply for a Cosmetology License

What you need for Apply for a Cosmetology License

If you are only applying for an Operator (Type 2) license, please note that the application process for that license is managed by the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering’s vendor, Pearson VUE. To apply for a license, please visit Pearson VUE’s website. Please direct any questions regarding the application process, including fees, to Pearson VUE by calling (800) 274-2021.

All other Cosmetology license types - Cosmetology Demonstrator (Type 5), Cosmetology License Forfeiture Application, Cosmetology Instructor (Type 4), Cosmetology Junior Instructor, Cosmetology Manager (Type 1), Cosmetology Operator (Type 2), Cosmetology Out-of-Country Application, Cosmetology Out-of-State Application, Cosmetology Shop - can be completed using the ePLACE instructions.

Licensing Benefits for Active Duty Military, Relocated Military Spouses, and Veterans

The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering are pleased to offer licensing benefits to active duty members of the military, relocated military spouses, and veterans pursuant to the Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources Act (VALOR Act) and the new VALOR Act II, signed into law on April 4, 2014. These benefits include:

  • Credit for related military experience;
  • Extensions of the license renewal period;
  • Expedited license application processing; or
  • Waiver of certain licensing fees.

To apply for any of these licensing benefits, interested parties must self-identify as an active duty member of the military, military spouse, or veteran. To apply for these benefits or for more information, please visit www.mass.gov/dpl/valor.

 

Cosmetology Demonstrator (Type 5) License

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Before completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Requirements to Apply

To apply for a Cosmetology Demonstrator (Type 5) license, an applicant must meet and adhere to the following requirements:

  • If you do not hold any license, you must be able to show work experience as a demonstrator for at least three (3) months. This must be shown through an affidavit, on the letterhead of the company of organization for which you worked.
  • A person who is issued a demonstrator's license may only perform demonstrations for individuals in the cosmetology industry and not for the general public.
  • Demonstrations may be performed in the following locations: in a registered shop in the Commonwealth, at hairdressers' trade shows or meetings in the presence of licensed beauty shop owners and their employees, in the business quarters of distributors or supply houses, or in schools of beauty culture with licensed instructors in attendance. There shall be no charge for these demonstrations.
  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

A completed application must include:

  • If you do not hold any license, a notarized affidavit or affidavits from each manufacturer or distributor certifying work experience as a demonstrator for at least 3 months. This affidavit must be on company letterhead.
  • A copy of your driver's license or government-issued photo ID.
  • 2" x 2" passport-style photo.
  • If you hold a license in another state, please include a copy of that license, and ensure that the board in the state you are licensed sends the Board verification of your license.
  • A notarized, signed Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form links to PDF file.

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100.

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $136. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Cosmetology License Forfeiture Instructions

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Requirements to Apply

To apply for re-licensure using the Cosmetology Licensure Forfeiture process, an applicant must:

  • Have a licensed that expired three (3) or more years ago.
  • Pass both a written and practical examination, after receiving approval by the Board.
  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

Please scan and upload a copy of the following documents:

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100.

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $136. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Cosmetology Instructor (Type 4) License Application

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Before completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Application Process

Once the Board has received and processed your application, you will be issued a temporary permit valid for six (6) months that will allow you to work before you take the examination. You must receive a passing score on the practical examination before you will be permitted to take the written examination. Practical examinations are not given in July and August. Upon passing the practical examination, the applicant will receive information on how to take the written examination through the Board’s vendor, Pearson Vue. Follow all instructions listed in the handbook.

  1. Application Requirements

All applicants must have two (2) years of work experience as a Type 1 Cosmetologist, Type 6 Aesthetician, or Junior Assistant Instructor.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents must be uploaded during the online application process:

  • A 2” x 2” passport-style photo.
  • A copy of your driver’s license or government-issued photo ID.
  • A copy of your high school diploma or Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • A notarized (i.e., signed by a notary with a seal) affidavit or affidavits certifying:
    • the date you started and stopped working for each employer (you may sign the bottom section if you were self-employed);
    • whether the work was full or part-time (full-time entails 5, 8 hour days per week; part-time entails a minimum of 24 hours per week for 40 weeks per year);
    • two (2) full years of work experience in the field of cosmetology.
  • A notarized, signed Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form links to PDF file.

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100.

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $136. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Cosmetology Junior Instructor License Application

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents must be uploaded during the online application process:

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $68. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Cosmetology Manager (Type 1) License Application

Review the Board’s Regulations

     1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Before completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

     2. Requirements to Apply

Before applying for licensure as a Manager (Type 1) you must have completed two (2) full years (24 months) of work experience as a licensed Cosmetology Operator (Type 2).

      3. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents must be uploaded during the online application process:

  • A small 2" x 2" passport-style photo.
  • A notarized (i.e., signed by a notary with a seal) affidavit or affidavits signed by salon managers certifying:
    • The date you started and stopped working for each employer as an operator;
    • Whether the work was full or part-time (full-time entails 5, 8 hour days per week; part-time entails a minimum of 24 hours per week for 40 weeks per year);
    • Two full years of work experience. The Board will not consider any work experience:
      • Obtained prior to becoming licensed in the field of cosmetology.
      • Outside a salon licensed by the Massachusetts Cosmetology and Barbering Board.
      • Obtained in another state.
  • A copy of a government-issued ID or a driver's license.
  • A notarized, signed Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form links to PDF file.

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

       4. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $82. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Cosmetology Out of Country License Application

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Requirements to Apply

To apply for a Cosmetology Out of Country license, an applicant must have met the following requirements:

  • You must have graduated from a cosmetology school.
  • If you have at least two (2) years of experience, you may qualify for a manager-level license.
  • Pass both a written and practical examination, after receiving approval by the Board.
  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

Please scan and upload the following documents. The documents that you attach must be translated by an accredited translator if they are not completed in English.

  • A 2" x 2" passport-style photo.
  • A notarized affidavit from your school certifying your dates of enrollment and graduation, including the exact number of hours of training you received in each subject.
    • Example: 300 hours in Skin Care—Denied (too vague)
    • Example: 25 hours in Waxing, 8 hours in Skin Diseases, etc.—Acceptable
  • Applicants may be required to take additional courses depending on the breakdown of their hours.
  • A second notarized affidavit, this time from your employer, if you have worked after completion of your in-school training or apprenticeship. For self-employed applicants, a notarized affidavit from your landlord is acceptable. The affidavit form is on the Applications and Forms section of the Board’s website.
  • All affidavits must be notarized, i.e. signed by a notary public with a seal, in the country where you worked or studied. All affidavits will become the property of the Board.
  • A copy of your passport and/or resident alien card stating your name, age, occupation, etc.
  • Proof that the educational program you attended is recognized by your government. This proof must:
    • Be provided by the government where the school is located
    • Be an original document on government letterhead signed by a government official
    • State that the school is authorized or licensed by the government and the date when the school received authorization or licensure
  • A notarized, signed Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form links to PDF file.

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $136.00. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Application Determinations

If you have met all licensing requirements, the Board will notify you. If you do not meet the requirements, you also will be notified.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board at cosmetologyandbarberingboard@state.ma.us, or 617-727-9940.

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you thirty days to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements. After thirty days, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, your application will be closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

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Cosmetology Out of State License Application

Please review and complete the steps below before starting your Out of State Application. Questions about the application process should be directed to cosmetologyandbarberingboard@state.ma.us or 617-727-9940.

If you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download a copy of the application from the Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Requirements to Apply

To apply for a Cosmetology Out of Country license, an applicant must have met the following requirements:

  • You must have graduated from a cosmetology school.
  • If you have at least two (2) years of experience, you may qualify for a manager-level license.
  • Pass both a written and practical examination, after receiving approval by the Board.
  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

Please scan and upload the following documents. The documents that you attach must be translated by an accredited translator if they are not completed in English.

  • A 2" x 2" passport-style photo.
  • A copy of your license from another state.
  • A copy of your driver’s license or other government-issued ID.
  • A certification of your current license from another state. The certification form is available on the Applications and Forms page of the Board’s website. The applicant should mail the form to the state in which the applicant is currently licensed, and this state must complete the form and mail the completed form directly to the Massachusetts Board. The applicant should ask the state board where they are licensed if there is a fee for completing this form. The applicant’s license must be current for the application for a Massachusetts license to be complete.
  • If you have at least two years of work experience, a notarized (i.e., signed by a notary with a seal) affidavit or affidavits certifying:
    • the date you started and stopped working for each employer (you may sign the bottom section if you were self-employed);
    • whether the work was full or part-time (full-time entails 5, 8 hour days per week; part-time entails a minimum of 24 hours per week for 40 weeks per year);
    • two full years of work experience in the field of cosmetology
  • If you have not taken your state board examination, you must submit an official transcript from the school you graduated from verifying your hours and dates of enrollment.
  • A notarized, signed Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form links to PDF file.

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $136. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

Cosmetology Shop License Application

  1. Review the Board’s Regulations

Prior to completing your application, please review the Board’s regulations, set forth at 240 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). You may purchase an official copy of 240 CMR in person at the State Bookstore located at the Massachusetts State House, Room 116, Boston, MA 02133, or you may order a copy online through the Secretary of State’s office. The Board also maintains an unofficial, courtesy copy of the regulations accessible through the Statutes and Regulations section of its website.

  1. Cosmetology Shop License Types and Guidelines
     

Please review the following information to ensure that you are applying for the correct license:

  • Type 1 - Cosmetology Full-Service Shop: A cosmetology full service salon which offers hair, skin, and nail services. This type of salon must employ a Type 1 cosmetologist as a manager.
  • Type 2 - Renter, Aesthetics Shop: A single person who rents space in a Type 4 salon. To be eligible for this type of license, you must have a manager-level license (Type 1, Type 3 or Type 6). The owner of the entire salon can only rent to one person per space (chair, table, room).
  • Type 3 - Manicuring Shop: A manicuring shop only (you must be a Type 1 or Type 3).
  • Type 4 - Booth Rental Shop (for owners of the entire salon space): A person who owns a salon and rents space to other licensees who are independent contractors. All Booth Rental Salons (Type 4) must employ a manager level licensee if the owner is not licensed as such; no other employees of the shop owner may practice at this type of salon under a Booth Rental License unless the owner also has a separate salon license.
  • Type 5 - Aesthetic Shop: An aesthetic salon which can offer services such as facials and waxing. This type of salon must employ a Type 6 or Type 1 manager.

Please note that if you rent space to others then you must have a Type 4 license. If you have employees then you must have a Type 1 license. If you rent space and have employees who work in your salon, then you must have both a Type 4 and a Type 1 license and submit two applications.

  1. Additional Important Information for All Salon Applicants, Including Major Policies and Required Documentation:

Please see the Important Information for All Salon Applicants document available on the Applications and Forms page of the Board’s website.

  1. Submission of Supporting Documentation and Required Forms

The following documents must be uploaded during the online application process:

  • A floor plan which must include the entire layout of the salon (8.5” x 11” only). The applicant must retain a copy of the floor plan on the premises at all times. The floor plan must include all the following:
    • All stations, chairs, manicure tables, aesthetic rooms. For a booth shop, circle the space you are renting.
    • Additional sinks (cannot be located in the bathroom). Aesthetic and manicuring shops are required to have an additional sink located in a space that is accessible at all times to all areas. Example: Aesthetic shop with 3 rooms can either have a sink in each room or a minimum of one sink in a common area that is accessible at all times.
    • Shop sign.
    • Label all rooms whether cosmetology or other, such as medical room, dispensary, lunch room, etc.
    • Bathrooms.
    • Copy of price list stating all services being provided. Gender Pricing is prohibited. Example: Cannot state Men’s cut $18, Women’s cuts $25.
  • 2” x 2” PASSPORT-STYLE photo of each owner.
  • Copy of A driver’s license or photo ID for each owner.
  • Copy of the manager’s (if not owner) driver’s license or photo ID and current cosmetology, aesthetic or manicuring license
  • Copy of all employees’ cosmetology licenses (not applicable if applying for a booth rental license unless the owner is not a licensee). For booth shop license, provide a copy of the booth rental license.
  • Business Certificate from the city or town where the salon is located.
  • A completed “plumbing and electrical” work form if work has been done. If no work has been done, the “no work required” form must be completed by the applicant. Both forms are available on the Applications and Forms section of the Board’s website.
  • If the business is incorporated, submit a copy of the Articles of Incorporation; if it is a partnership or LLP, a copy of the partnership agreement; for LLCs, submit a copy of the Certificate of Organization.
  • If a business is organized or incorporated, submit a copy of a certificate showing foreign registration with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.
  • A notarized, signed Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form links to PDF file.

The following document(s) must be mailed to the Board:

  • License Verification(s): If you hold or have held another license or certification in the United States or another country or foreign jurisdiction, please contact the relevant licensing authority and arrange for that authority to send a certificate of standing to the Board directly indicating the status of your license, information on any pending actions, and any disciplinary information.

Please mail the aforementioned document(s) to the Board at the following address:

Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

  1. Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $136. This fee must be paid online at the end of the application process, either by check or credit card. Please note that a convenience fee will be assessed for credit card payments.

 

Fees for Apply for a Cosmetology License

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee. Fees applicable to licenses issued by the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering are as follows:

Profession Fee
Cosmetology Demonstrator (Type 5) $136
Cosmetology License Forfeiture Application $136
Cosmetology Instructor (Type 4) $68
Cosmetology Junior Instructor $68
Cosmetology Manager (Type 1) $82
Cosmetology Out of Country Application $136
Cosmetology Out of State Application $136
Cosmetology Shop $136

In addition, errors incurred during the payment process, whether online or by money order or personal check, may subject an applicant to an additional $23 fee.

How to apply Apply for a Cosmetology License

If you do not wish to submit your application online, you may download a copy of the application from the Board’s Applications and Forms page on its website.

Next steps for Apply for a Cosmetology License

After reading the requirements

Begin Your Application Now

To start your online application, please go to the ePLACE Portal.

NOTICE: Please be aware that if you submit an application and it is determined by the Board that it is incomplete, or that you have failed to meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, the Board will provide you thirty days to complete your application or submit the information needed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements. After thirty days, if your application is still incomplete, or if you have still failed to demonstrate that you meet the regulatory requirements for licensure, your application will be closed or denied. If your application is closed or denied, you would need to re-apply for licensure by submitting a complete application to the Board and by paying a new application fee.

Application Determinations

If you have met all licensing requirements, the Board will notify you. If you do not meet the requirements, you also will be notified.

Application Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the Board at cosmetologyandbarberingboard@state.ma.us, or 617-727-9940.

Contact for Apply for a Cosmetology License

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