Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist

When to File Application

Complete this application if you hold a current license as a Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia and wish to apply for the same type of license in Delaware.

  • If you do not hold a current license in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia, you must apply by examination.
  • If you previously held a Delaware Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist license that has been lapsed over one year, you must apply to reinstate that license.

Selecting the Method of Application

The application asks whether you are applying by Method 1 or Method 2.

  • Method 1 means that the licensure requirements for your current license were substantially the same as those of Delaware.
  • Method 2 means that the licensure requirements for your current license were not substantially the same as Delaware’s requirements.

Both Methods require you to have passed a written and practical examination which was professionally developed and used on a national basis. Whether your application is Method 1 or 2 depends on whether any jurisdiction (that is, any state, U.S. territory or the District of Columbia) where you are currently licensed requires at least the classroom or apprenticeship hours that Delaware requires. Here are the hours that Delaware requires:

  • Cosmetologist or Barber - 1500 classroom/3000 apprenticeship hours
  • Nail Technician - 300 classroom hours/600 apprenticeship hours
  • Electrologist - 300 classroom hours/600 apprenticeship hours
  • Aesthetician - 600 classroom hours/1200 apprenticeship hours

It is important to pick the correct Method so that you will submit the correct documents. Picking the wrong Method may delay your application. Use this table to decide between them.

IF…

THEN select…

at least one place where you are current licensed requires the same (or more) hours as Delaware (see above)

Method 1.

all the places where you are currently licensed require fewer hours than Delaware (see above)

Method 2.

If you don’t know how many hours are required in the places where you’re currently licensed, check with the licensing agency in each jurisdiction. See the Directory at www.nictesting.org.

Requirements for All Applicants

Read these instructions carefully. Failing to follow instructions will delay processing of your application. All auxiliary forms you may need are included with the application form.

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order made payable to 'State of Delaware.'
  • Enclose a copy of all current licenses you hold in other places. At least one license must be current when the Board reviews your application.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a license verification (also called letter of good standing) from each state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia where you now hold, or have ever held, a license.
    • This requirement applies regardless of whether or not the license is current.
    • The verification must be sent directly from the other jurisdiction to the Board office.
    • Use the Verification of Licensure for Reciprocity Applications form at the end the application to request the verification.

Additional Requirement for Method 2 Applicants

If you are applying by Method 2, you must submit proof that you have experience in the field in which you are applying for a Delaware license. The proof must show that you have a total of three years of experience in the five years immediately before you apply in Delaware. The three years don’t have to be consecutive. What documents you submit depends on whether you gained the experience while employed or self-employed, as follows:

  • For periods when you were employed, submit a notarized statement from a present or previous employer(s) in the jurisdiction where you are licensed.  The statement(s) should give your employment dates and describe the work you did during that period.
  • For periods when you were self-employed, submit tax forms.