Virginia Cosmetology License Information

In order to obtain a license in Cosmetology, Barbering or Nail Technology in the state of Virginia, individuals must complete the requirements listed below. Other requirements may apply.

Cosmetologist: 1500 hours
Barber: 1500 hours
Nail Technologist: 150 hours

Continuing Education Requirements:


Reciprocity may be granted to individuals who have completed the same amount of hours as required by Virginia. Credit will be given to those who have worked in the field for a minimum of six months. Upon proper application to the Board, any individual currently licensed to practice as a barber, cosmetologist, or nail technician in any other state or jurisdiction of the United States, and who has completed a training program and has taken a written examination and practical examination that is substantially equal to that required by Virginia may be issued a barber or cosmetology license, respectively, without an examination.

Contact Information:

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
3600 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230-4917