District of Columbia Cosmetology Licensing Requirements
In order to obtain a license in Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Skin Care, Esthetician, or Barbering in the District of Columbia (Washington, DC), individuals must complete the requirements listed below. Other requirements may apply.
Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Nail Technician: 350 hours
Skin Care: 600 hours
Esthetician: 600 hours
Barber: 1500 hours
Licensing Fee Schedule: (Fees subject to change)
Fee schedule is for both Cosmetology and Barbering.
Exam Fee: $55
Application Fee: $65
License Fee: $110
Continuing Education Requirements:
Reciprocity is granted to all applicants whose current license is from a state whose requirements are equivalent to those of DC. Credit for work experience may be granted.
Washington, DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
941 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs: DC Barber and Cosmetology Board