Maryland Cosmetology License Information

In order to obtain a license in Barbering, Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Esthetics or Make-Up Artistry in the state of Maryland, individuals must complete the requirements listed below. Other requirements may apply.

Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Barber: 1200 hours
Esthetician: 600 hours
Nail Technician: 250 hours

Licensing Fee Schedule: (Fees subject to change)

Cosmetologist: $25
Barber: $50
Esthetician: $25
Nail Technician: $25

Continuing Education Requirements:

In order to qualify for two-year license renewal, individual licensees are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education. Individuals are required to complete one hour in each of the following course subjects: communicable diseases; disinfection, sanitation, and sterilization; Maryland State law; and Maryland occupational safety and health regulations, and the safe handling of chemicals. The remaining 12 hours may be completed in core subjects or any cosmetology-related course subject approved by the board. Up to, but not exceeding, 12 hours of the continuing-education requirements for a license term may be met by completing a board-approved home-study course done by correspondence, video, or Internet.


Individuals are eligible for a license by reciprocity or endorsement if they possess a current license from another state, can provide confirmation their license was obtained under the same standards as required in Maryland, and have a license that is in good standing, is current, and not expired.

Contact Information:

State Board of Cosmetologists
500 N. Calvert Street
Room 201
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
(410) 230-6320 (for cosmetology) (for barbering)