New York Licensing Overview for Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Licensing for manicurists and nail technicians in New York is controlled by the New York State Division of Licensing Services.

General Guidelines for Manicurists and Nail Technicians in New York

Specific requirements to perform manicurists and nail technicians services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?

Nail Technician

Requirements and license preparation for manicurists and nail technicians

As long as you are at least seventeen (17) years old, you can start the first step toward becoming a licensed manicurist—graduating from nail technician school.

The Board requires that you complete at least two hundred and fifty (250) hours of formal training and education.

Nail specialist training is a fun and quick way to learn everything you need to know to become a success in New York’s salon and spa industry. In addition to developing skills related to nail health and beautification, you may also take courses on the business and retail aspects of operating an independent studio:

Nail Art
Nail Wraps
Oils, Scrubs, Masques, and Nail Treatments
Signature Treatments for Spa Pedicures
Specialty Massages for the Manicurist
Understanding the World of Spa
Gel Nails
Job Skills
Business Practices
Client Consultation
Infection Control
Bacteriology
Anatomy and Physiology

What’s the state licensing site for manicurists and nail technicians?

New York State Division of Licensing Services

What are some training programs available for manicurists and nail technicians?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

The New York manicurist license is a four-year license

What are fees associated with licensing?

For fees, licensing duration and renewal details check with local governing body.

Location(s):

New York