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Transfer to Nevada

         Step 1 
Must Have an Active License in Another State
         Step 2 
Check Your License Certification Requirements
         Step 3
Submit Reciprocity Application
         Step 4
Pass Nevada State Law Test
         Step 5
Become Licensed in Nevada

*Applicants MUST provide an original and active license when transferring to Nevada

If you are licensed in another state, you may be eligible for reciprocity if all Nevada licensing requirements are met. Reciprocity is Nevada's recognition of your license in esthetics, advanced esthetics, cosmetology, hair braiding, hair design, nail technology, and your license to instruct from another state, district, territory, or country. The total cost for submitting a reciprocity application is a non-refundable fee of $325.00.

To obtain reciprocity in the State of Nevada, your license should be active and in good standing in another state, and it should meet the requirements as per NRS 644A.640. To apply for a license via reciprocity, you need to complete an Individual Application, provide all the necessary information, and pass a 25-question Nevada State Law Test with a minimum of 75%. Additionally, you may need to complete other exams as required by NRS 644A.640.

Please Note: Nevada does not recognize the Florida licenses titled Facial Specialist or Full Specialist.  This is due to the training requirements for the Facial and Full Specialist licenses not being comparable to Nevada's Licenses for Nail Technician and Esthetician. Nevada also does not recognize Alaska's Manicurist license and only recognizes the Advanced Manicurist license. This is due to the training requirements for the Manicurist license not being comparable to Nevada's Nail Technician license.

In order for us to verify your licensing information in another state, we will review your License Certification from your current state. A License Certification is an official document with your important license information from your current licensing state.

Any documents requiring translation must be translated to English by a court-approved translator from this list

If you are licensed in one of the following states, we will look up your licensing information online when we receive your application. No need to contact your current licensing state.

Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DelawareGeorgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New MexicoOhio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, or Wisconsin.

However, if you are licensed in a state listed below, you must contact your state board and have a License Certification sent to us.

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, FloridaKansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming or other US Territory.

Important Information for California Applicants

On October 8, 2018, the members of the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology unanimously voted to no longer recognize certain California licensed schools of cosmetology. The Nevada State Board voted to no longer recognize these schools because each of the schools listed below has provided inaccurate information and/or documentation to the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology on behalf of students or graduates seeking licensure in Nevada. Several schools have been added to this list due to data discrepancies being identified or due to the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology ordering the schools to stop enrolling students for operating outside of regulations.

The schools are:

1-1st Academy of Beauty, 8823 Garvey Avenue, Unit B1, Rosemead, CA 91770

2-Amy Beauty School, 290 Corporate Terrace Circle, Suite 104, Corona, CA 92879

3-John Ridgel’s Academy, 9526 East Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

4-Santa Ana Beauty College, 1926 West 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

5-Tammy Beauty Academy, 12235 Beach Boulevard, Stanton, CA 90680

6-Victoria Beauty College, 1350 South Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035

7-Orange Valley College, 7138 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683

8-Queenston College of America, 3660 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angels, CA 90010

9-United Beauty College (UBC-El Monte), 9614 Gravey Avenue, Suite H, South El Monte, CA 91733

10- San Diego Beauty College, 3501 El Cajob Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

Applicants that have attended any of the schools listed above may have their applications reviewed in further detail by Board staff.
 For consideration, please complete the Individual Application. Board staff will contact you when the review process is completed. 

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