Upholding the practice & standards of North Dakota's beauty industry

"Out of State applicants applying for North Dakota license without examination. Every person desiring to be licensed as a cosmetologist, manicurist, or esthetician without taking the examination shall make application on the form provided by the board(this can be found under "transferring to ND") and:

1.  Pay the application fee.
2.  Provide proof the applicant is licensed as a cosmetologist, manicurist, or esthetician in another jurisdiction and that the applicant's license is in good standing.
3.  Demonstrate the other jurisdiction's licensure requirements at the time the applicant was licensed by the other jurisdiction were substantially equal to those in North Dakota at the time the North Dakota application was filed. Three thousand hours or more of work experience as a licensed operator will be considered substantially equal to three hundred hours of cosmetology education.
4.  Pass an examination on North Dakota sanitation practices and cosmetology law."

Name and Address Changes:

"A personal name or mailing address change must be submitted to the board office. Please click here to fill out the Name Change Form. Once completed, mail the form to our office. If you would like your name changed on your license, submit your request with a $10.00 fee."

Expired Licenses:
"All licenses expire on the thirty-first day of December in that year. The holder of an expired license, within one year from and after the date of its expiration, may obtain a license upon the payment of the late fee in addition to the current renewal fee. The holder of an expired license, one year after the date of the expiration but before five years, may obtain a reinstatement of the license upon payment of the required late fee; and take and pass the ND law, rules, and regulations examination. If a license is not renewed within five years since the license expired, the applicant for reinstatement shall take and pass the examinations required of new applicants. This includes the hands on practical, laws and rules, and NIC theory examinations."

N.D. Law, Rules & Regulations:

The Laws, Rules & Regulations are located below the ND Great Seal on the Board's website, www.ndcosmetology.com . Click on the words "Statutes" and Rules and Regulations. Rules & Regulations posters are available at no cost and may be printed here (please note this is an 11x17 sized document that may not print out on all printers). Please submit your request in writing to our office, with your name and mailing address, and we can mail a copy to you."

Blood Exposure Procedure:
"Click here for Blood Exposure Procedure guidelines."

NIC Infection Control and Safety Standards:
"Click here for Infection Control and Safety Standards created by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC).

Obtaining License Certifications:

"To receive certification of your North Dakota license, please click here to fill out the License Verification Form. Once completed, mail the form to our office with the fee of $20.00. If you have a verification form from a different state that needs to be completed, include that with your request. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for your request to be processed."

Business Names of Salons or Independent Licensee:
"Business names of salons or booth rentals must be registered as a trade name with the Secretary of State. You may contact the Secretary of State's office at (701) 328-2900.
Additional information and forms are available at the North Dakota Secretary of State's website located here: http://www.nd.gov/sos/businessserv/registrations/tradename.html."

Licensing Requirements:
Cosmetology: 1500 hours of school training as of August 1, 2021.
Cosmetology: 1800 hours of school training prior to August 1, 2021.
Esthetician: 600 hours of school training.
Manicure: 350 hours of school training.

Examination Requirements:
"NIC Written Theory, NIC Practical, and North Dakota Laws, Rules & Regulations."

Filing a Complaint:
"Complaints filed with the Board Office are considered public information. All complaints need to be in writing. Click here to fill out the Complaint Form. Once completed, mail the form to our office. A copy of the complaint will be mailed to the subject of the complaint for response to the allegations. The Board will then determine whether the alleged facts show a violation of existing laws or regulations."

State of North Dakota
Rules and Regulations

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