General Info - Statewide License
Two year license earned by examination or reciprocity that allows an individual to practice cosmetology in the state of Maryland.
Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
Must be at least 17 years of age and have completed 9th grade or G.E.D.
Applicant must submit proof of completion of 1500 hours of training in a cosmetology school or 24 months as a registered apprentice in a licensed beauty salon.
Pass an examination proctored by exam vendor.
Apply for the License
Complete the form
Maintaining Your License
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)
Complete renewal application.
Pay renewal fee.
Why the License is required?
The Maryland Board of Cosmetologists qualifies and licenses individuals seeking licensure and issues permits to business entities through which cosmetology is practiced. The Board also establishes health and safety standards for the operation of beauty salons and trade schools.
What laws and regulations give Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation the legal authority to issue this approval?
We regulate the practice of cosmetology under the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 5 and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 9, Subtitle 22