Barbers and Cosmetologists: FAQs


How do I obtain a practitioner license (cosmetology, barber, hairstylist, esthetician, electrology, manicurist-pedicurist, instructor) if I attended school in New Mexico?

Upon completion of training at a board-approved school, you have 12 months to take your exams (practical and written exams). You must also submit the initial licensure fee amount of $100.00 to the board office. Please mail to: Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, PO Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM  87504

How do I obtain a license in New Mexico if I am licensed in another state?

Please complete the reciprocity application, submit the application, jurisprudence exam, and fee. The application and jurisprudence exam can be found on our website HERE.

Can I obtain a license if I am foreign trained?

If the requirements are similar or exceed New Mexico requirements, please complete a reciprocity application, jurisprudence. Please submit application, jurisprudence exam, and fee to the board office. Upon completion, please contact the testing center, Professional Credentialing Services (PCS), to schedule your exams.

How do I contact PCS schedule my exams?

Please call 1-888-822-3272 or send an email to to schedule your exam, obtain information regarding exams, or for any questions you may have regarding the exams or exam content. 

When does my initial license expire?

The original issuance of licenses to practice shall be for a period of 2 years or less from the date of issuance. The expiration date is the last day of your birth month.    

How much is the renewal fee?

The renewal fee is $100.00 for a 2-year period.

Is there a late fee?

Yes, a $40.00 late fee will be added if the renewal is not completed by the expiration date.

How do I renew my license?

Renewals are completed through our online portal

Can we get an extension or duplicate permit?

No. Permits are issued to the school. The school owner/manager is responsible for maintaining student records/permits. The permits can only be extended for 90 days once a student has successfully completed training.

How long does it take for my application to be approved?

The application must be approved within 3–5 business days from date of completion.

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