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New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling

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(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
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ALERT

On July 6, 2021 the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-17, which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2021-13. DCA AO 2021-17 removes a majority of the restrictions established by DCA AO 2021-13, including the requirements for staff screening. The Administrative Order continues to allow cosmetology services to be performed outdoors in the immediate vicinity of a shop’s premises.

Though the Administrative Order eliminates or relaxes many requirements, all licensees and owners of premises subject to regulation by the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling must continue to practice in accordance with the laws and regulations of their respective boards, unless specifically waived or modified during the state of emergency.

Licensees should review the Order closely for more information on the requirements for the provision of personal care services. The Division has also issued guidance that may be helpful to licensees.


ALERT

On July 6, 2021 the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-16, which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2020-17 and relaxes standards for the reopening and continued operation of cosmetology and hairstyling programs. DCA AO 2021-16 removes a majority of the restrictions established by DCA AO 2020-17, including requirements for facilitating social distancing and the submission of a restart plan.

Though the Administrative Order eliminates many requirements, all programs involving clinical instruction must comply with any standards applicable to the provision of services in a licensed shop pursuant to Executive Order 242 and any subsequent health and safety order.

The Division has also issued guidance regarding best practices for these programs. To learn more, click here.


ALERT

On May 6, 2021 the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-10 and Waiver 2021-06, which allows the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling to issue  temporary permits to applicants for licensure as teachers of cosmetology and hairstyling, pending their passage of the practical examination required for licensure, and waives the temporary permit fee.

Note: Individuals who have taken and failed the practical examination are not eligible for a temporary permit.

To apply for a Temporary Teacher Permit:




ALERT

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.  


You may use regular mail or email the attestation to CosmoAttestation@dca.njoag.gov
for quicker review.

 




ALERT

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.

(09/01/2020)


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: 7/7/2021 7:18 AM