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New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling


(973) 504-6400
Due to COVID-19, messages by phone may result in a delayed response.
Please email your inquiry to the email listed on this webpage.

Inquiries about the Board may be forwarded to

Jay A. Malanga
Executive Director
P.O. Box 45003
Newark, New Jersey 07101


On February 5, 2021, the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-05 and Waiver 2021-01, which allows temporary permit holders and graduates of vocational-technical schools to obtain licenses from the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling without having passed the practical examination, based on an attestation provided by a supervisor or Vo-Tech instructor; allows applicants to obtain a second temporary permit; and waives the temporary permit fee.  

To learn more, click here.  

Forms for the attestation requires by this Order can be found below (in alphabetical order by license:

You may use regular mail or email the attestation to for quicker review.



Reopening of Facilities Licensed by the
New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling

On July 1, 2020 the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued a Frequently Asked Questions document pertaining to Administrative Order 2020-11 (DCA-AO-2020-11) which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2020-09. DCA A0 2020-11 establishes requirements for shops regarding screening protocols for clients and staff; standards for the wearing and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including standards applicable to services that require removal of a client’s face covering; standards for disinfection and cleaning practices; and a continuing duty that licensees stay informed about new developments and obligations.  Please view the Frequently Asked Questions here for more information. 



Temporary Permits

Please be advised that, due to the temporary suspension of practical examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued Administrative Order 2020-16 and Waiver 2020-15 (DCA-AO-2020-16, W-2020-15), which provides that all temporary permits that expired on or after March 9, 2020 are reinstated and extended by a year beyond the original expiration date. All temporary permits issued by the Board that are set to expire on or after September 1, 2020 will be valid for a year beyond the original expiration date.


The New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling board licenses and regulates barbers, beauticians, cosmetology-hairstylists, manicurists, skin care specialists, teachers, shops and schools and registers students who attend these schools.

The purpose of the Board is to:

  • protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
  • regulate the practice of cosmetology-hairstyling; and
  • ensure that cosmetology-hairstyling is performed in compliance with State law.

The Board protects the public by:

  • making sure that cosmetologists and hairstylists meet all educational requirements for licensure;
  • investigating and prosecuting cosmetologists and hairstylists who have broken the state's consumer protection laws; and
  • requiring all cosmetologists and hairstylists to be licensed by the state and to renew their licenses every two years.

Last Modified: 2/24/2021 6:44 AM