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State Board License

Getting Licensed…

Step 1:  Complete Exit Counseling at  – This is only necessary if you have student loans.

Step 2: Complete National Testing Form  First Time Test Taker – National Testing Application Link

Step 3:   Check your email for a link from NIC 60 days AFTER your graduation date. Please check your spam as well. The email will come from NIC (National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, Inc) and will request you to pay the $85.00 National testing fee online and select a testing date.  Please do not call state board regarding the status of your application, this will result in delays. Please do not mail the testing fee to the campus the fee must be paid online and directly to NIC.

For example, if you graduate in August 15, 2020 you will receive link on or before October 15, 2020. If you do not receive a testing link within 60 days of your last day of attendance please email

Step 4: When you receive the testing link – PLEASE schedule your test as soon as possible. Testing locations are filling up quickly as the state has reduced capacity due to damage caused by Hurricane Laura and social distancing requirement due to COVID – 19.

Step 5: Take your national exam. Pass your national exam.  Testing site may vary due to availability.  If you are looking for a specific testing site, you may call NIC at the number on your invitation email to review testing options.

Step 6: Apply for temporary license at:

You must pass your theory exam to be eligible for a temporary license. You will receive an email from the school with your certification of hours to send with your application for temporary license. If you need to have your certification of hours emailed to you again please send a request to Please note you must notify state board of where you are working within 10 days. We highly recommend if you know where you are working to include this in your application for temporary license.