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Hairdresser Licensure Based on an Out-of-State License


Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


An applicant for licensure based on an out-of-state license may qualify for licensure provided the applicant holds a current hairdresser license at the time of application in any other state, the District of Columbia, or in a commonwealth or territory of the United States and was issued such license on the basis of successful completion of a program of education and training in hairdressing and cosmetology and successfully completed an examination.


Documentation Requirements


A license verification form from all states in which the applicant is or has been licensed, current or expired, forwarded to this office from the appropriate authority in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed as a hairdresser/cosmetician.  The license verification must document that the applicant was issued a license based on successful completion of a program of education and training and that the applicant was issued the license based on successful completion of an examination.


If the issuance of the other state license did not require an examination, an applicant who has legally practiced cosmetology for at least five years in a state outside of Connecticut shall be eligible for licensure if the applicant submits evidence of acceptable education and experience.


Evidence of experience shall include:

  • A license verification form from all states in which the applicant is or has been licensed as a hairdresser for at least five years of licensure;
  • Correspondence from the applicant's former employers, coworkers or clients that indicates that the applicant's has practiced as a hairdresser in the state for at least five years; and
  • A copy of tax returns that indicate cosmetology as the applicant's occupation.

No license will be issued to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in the context of providing services as a cosmetician.


A completed application with photograph and fee of $100.00.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.


All supporting documentation should be sent from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134
Phone:  (860) 509-7603
Fax:  (860) 707-1930