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Out of State Info

All out-of-state applicants must have a certification of license from state board that issued the license.

Cosmetologist Requirements
  • 1500 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Nail Technician Requirements
  • 450 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Esthetician Requirements
  • 750 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Apprentice Instructor/Instructor Requirements
  • 750 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education

Individuals with Hours Completed in Another State-Less Than 2 Years

Must provide a certification of hours and/or license from the state licensing agency where the hours were obtained.  This is to be requested by the applicant from the licensing agency of the state they are transferring from and must be submitted from the transferring state.  Certifications cannot be accepted from the applicant.  All out-of-state hours must be certified by the State Board or Official Licensing Agency of the state the hours were obtained in. Only hours certified by the state licensing agencies will be accepted. School transcripts will not be accepted.

If the applicant's hours obtained out-of state are equivalent to Kentucky's hourly requirement then the applicant will apply as an Out-of-State Exam applicant.

 If the applicant does not have enough hours to match Kentucky's hourly requirement the applicant must complete remaining hours required for that license in a school of cosmetology in Kentucky before applying for the licensing exam.

Please Note: Kentucky will only accept the amount of hours the state you are transferring from requires for licensing. (Example: Florida requires 1250 hours to be licensed as a cosmetologist – that is the maximum amount of hours that we will accept from that state).

Examinations Required:


  • Written and Practical

Nail Technician 

  • Written and Practical


  • Written and Practical

Please see the Exams section of the website for examination information.

Licensed more than two years out of state

Any person who holds an out-of-state license for more than two years but has not worked in their field of licensure (must provide tax documentation of this) will be required to apply for and successfully complete the Out-of-State Examination, written and practical, to obtain licensure in the state of Kentucky. 

Any person who holds an out-of-state license for more than two years and can provide proof 2 years of work history (tax documentation) may submit an application for license transfer to be considered by the Kentucky State Board of Hairdessers and Cosmetologists.  Approved transfers will not be required to complete an examination for licensure in the state of Kentucky.
Out-of-State License Transfer Application- Required Documentation:

  The following documentation must be submitted with your application before it will be evaluated for approval:
  • Copy of Applicant's Driver's License or State Issued ID.
  • Proof of work history in the specific licensing field-Minimum of 2 years.  Tax documentation must be submitted for this requirement. Transfer of license cannot be approved without this documentation.  Applicants with no or insufficient proof of work history will be required to apply for examination.  
  • Certification of Professional License-  Must be requested by applicant from professional licensing board for that state.  Please request all certifications be submitted directly to the Kentucky State Board of Cosmetology.  Certifications cannot be accepted from the applicant.  (Applicants holding an Indiana license may submit electronic certification from their state licensing agency.)
  • Proof of 12th Grade Education- College, High School, or GED transcript or Diploma is Acceptable.  Education obtained outside of the United States must be submitted with an offical translation.
All requested documentation (except license certification) must be received with the transfer application and fee listed on the application.  Applications missing documentation will not be placed for approval.

PLEASE NOTE:  Processing Time for Out-of-State transfer applications received complete and correct in the Board office is 30 days.  Please Plan Accordingly.