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Out of State Info

​*** Due to the high volume of applicants, please allow a minimum of 30 days for application processing time. Receipt of applications cannot be verified by the office unless it has been more than 30 days from submission. If you require verification of receipt, please submit your application by traceable means through the postal system. ***

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

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 KBC will accept from that state).

Examinations Required:

Cosmetology 

  • Written and Practical

Nail Technician 

  • Written and Practical

Esthetician 

  • Written and Practical

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

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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.
  • Certification of Professional License-  Must be requested by applicant from professional licensing board for all states previously where a license is currently held and anywhere one was previously held.  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 official translation.
  • Copy of transcripts from the licensed school of cosmetology attended.
  • 2" x 2" Passport photograph

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.
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