Out-of-State

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

Apprentice Cosmetologist/Cosmetologist Requirements
  • 1800 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Nail Technician Requirements
  • 600 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Esthetician Requirements
  • 1000 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education
Apprentice Instructor/Instructor Requirements
  • 1000 Hours
  • 12th Grade Education

Out Of State License Examination Application


Individuals with hours completed in another state

Must provide a certification of hours and/or license from the state board where the hours were obtained and complete remaining hours required for that license in a school of cosmetology in Kentucky.

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 previously listed agencies will be accepted. School transcripts will not be accepted.

Kentucky will only accept the amount of hours the state you are transferring from requires for licensing. (Example: Tennessee requires 1500 hours – that is the maximum amount of hours that we will accept from that state).

An individual must complete a pink out of state enrollment application and provide appropriate proof of education. Application for enrollment must be obtained from prospective school.

Once additional hours are completed, the applicant will be required to take the appropriate examination:

Cosmetology

  • Apprentice Examination, Written and Practical

 

Nail Technician

  • Written and Practical;

 

Esthetician

  • Written and Practical;

 


Licensed less than one year out of state

If an individual has been licensed less than one (1) year in another state and does not meet the statutory hour requirements for Kentucky, they must enroll in a school of cosmetology and complete the additional hours for the type of license.

  • Must have certification from the state board where the hours were obtained and complete an out of state enrollment application obtained from the prospective school.
  • Statutory education requirements must be provided (attached to application for enrollment).
  • Once the hours are completed, a student should apply and take the examination as required for any other student graduating from a school of cosmetology.

If an individual has been licensed for less than one (1) year but meets the statutory hour requirement for that type of license, they would be eligible for the examination, written and practical.

  • Must have certification from the state board where the hours were completed.
  • Must meet statutory education requirement (proof attached to application for examination).
  • Complete the Out Of State License Examination Application and submit to board office with appropriate fee.

Licensed at least one year, but less than two years out of state

If an individual has less than the statutory hour requirement, he/she must enroll in a school of cosmetology in Kentucky and complete the additional hours.

  • Must have certification from state board or professional licensing agency where license was issued.
  • Application for out of state enrollment must be completed and submitted to prospective school for enrollment.
  • Statutory education requirements must be provided (attached to application for enrollment).
  • Once hours are completed, an applicant should apply for examination, written and practical.

If the individual meets their statutory hour requirement, he/she is eligible to apply for examination, written and practical.

  • Must provide certification of licensure from state board who issued the license and/or from the board where individual is currently licensed.
  • Must meet statutory education requirement (proof attached to application for examination).
  • Complete the Out Of State License Examination Application and submit to board office with appropriate fee.

Licensed more than two years out of state

Any person who holds an out-of-state license for more than two years may submit an application for license transfer to be considered by the Kentucky State Board of Hairdessers and Cosmetologists.  

Out-of-State License Transfer Application-Over 2 Years.pdfOut-of-State License Transfer Application-Over 2 Years.pdf

  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- Minimum of past 2 years, maximum past 5 years 
  • 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 Hairdressers and Cosmetologists.  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.