West Virginia Cosmetology License Information

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

Barber: 1800 hours
Cosmetologist: 2000 hours
Esthetician: 600 hours
Nail Technologist: 400 hours

Licensing Fee Schedule: (Fees subject to change)

Fee schedule applies to all fields.

Application and Exam Fee: $25
License Fee: $25
Annual License Renewal Fee: $25
Reciprocity Fee: $50

Continuing Education Requirements:


Reciprocity is granted to those individuals with the same or greater requirements as those of West Virginia's; however, an individual with fewer than those hours may receive credit of 300 hours for every year of practical experience. Total work experience that may be accepted cannot exceed 50% of the required hours, and must have been acquired within the past 5 years.

Contact Information:

West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
1716 Pennsylvania Ave., #7
Charleston, WV 25302