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UPDATE 4-1-2020
Executive Order 2020-06.1 has been extended to April 20, 2020.

An IMPORTANT MESSAGE to our licensees and the public:

On behalf of the North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology, we would like to notify our licensees and the public that Governor Burgum issued an amended executive order 2020-06.1. to direct all cosmetologists, manicurists, and estheticians to cease services and close all salons.  This would include all services provided under a
homebound license. It would also prevent any student/instructor to perform any services on a member of the public. Any salons located in a nursing home/long term care facility, which are licensed by our Board and/or have employees licensed by our Board, must also cease operations at this time.

Closure goes into effect at 12am Saturday March 28th, 2020. Under the current Order, this requirement will continue until Monday, April 6, 2020.  However, at the press briefing, the Governor did warn that he is actively monitoring the situation and may extend the time for closure if needed at a later date with an amended order.  You can review the executive order on the Governor’s website: https://www.governor.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/executive-orders/Executive%20Order%202020-6.1%20expanded%20business%20closures.pdf.


Local county and state law enforcement are authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of the executive order. Violations of this Order are an infraction and subject to a $1000 fine.

This simply is allowing for sales of Retail Products. No professional services may be offered at this time. Our current ND Law still applies as usual.

In light of Executive Order 2020-06.1 – the North Dakota Board of Cosmetology contacted the Governor’s Office for clarification on whether salons can remain open for the sole purpose of selling retail products. The Governor’s Office confirmed that this would be permissible, as long as no cosmetology, manicuring, or esthetic services are being provided. It is only the selling of products that would be allowed in the salon and only that portion of the salon that is needed to sell the products should be open.
There are to be NO SALES of services(in the salon or outside of the salon).

The Governor’s Office recommends that salons remaining open for this limited purpose have a disclaimer on the door informing the public that the retail portion of the salon, and that portion only, will remain open for retail sale of personal products.The disclaimer should warn that anyone who is sick or has any flu like symptoms - including a fever, cold, cough, body aches - to not enter the store.
Ex: XYZ Hair Salon is Closed for all personal care services until further notice.The retail portion of the salon will remain open during business hours ___ to ____ for retail sales of personal products.Please do not enter the shop if you have a cold, the flu or flu-like symptoms: fever, cold, cough or body aches.


Please follow the instructions below to receive information regarding unemployment for individuals that receive a 1099 in lieu of a W2.

*Visit jobsnd.com
*Click on the green banner at the top of the page
*Click on "job service UI FAQ
*This page will have the most current, up to date information as it becomes available.


The North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology will hold another Special Meeting conference call on Monday April 6, 2020 at 9am to discuss any updates concerning COVID-19.

The North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology will held a conference call on Monday March 23, 2020 at 9am, to discuss options/steps in the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. To view the meeting minutes click here

The Board will be postponing the Special Meeting to discuss upcoming legislation changes(this is not in regards to the current COVID-19 outbreak). The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.
Please watch the ND State Board of Cosmetology Safety/Sanitation video below.

To watch the Infection Control Seminar given by Leslie Roste, click here.

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We've moved!
The Board office is located at 4719 Shelburne St.; Suite 1, Bismarck, 58503. This is also our new mailing address. We will no longer use the PO Box number.


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ND State Board of Cosmetology
4719 Shelburne St.
Suite 1
Bismarck, ND 58503
Telephone: 701-224-9800
Fax: 701-222-8756