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State Requirements For California

California State Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

Contact Information:
California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95834
Phone: (800) 952-5210
Fax: (916) 575-7281

License Type Required:

School Hours Required:

Home Salons Legal? Yes if requirements are met

Mobile Salons Legal? Yes if requirements are met

Reciprocity/Licensure By Endorsement:
Must have valid license in good standing from another state and have been actively practicing nail technology for 3 of the last 5 years.

Examination Languages:
English; for both the written and/or practical examinations, examinees may use an interpreter if received prior permission.

Licensing/Ownership Restrictions:

CEU Required? No
Number Of Hours: N/A
License Renewal: Every 2 years

Is Skin Cutting Allowed? n/a

Additional Information:
Secondary address: PO Box 944226, Sacramento, CA 94244

Minimum Requirements: All applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have at least a 10th grade education or its' equivalent.
Reciprocity: As of May 2007 California now has reciprocity rules. See the website for specifics

MMA has been prohibited in one manner or another in this state.
Prohibited can mean:
A law or rule has been passed prohibiting MMA use.
The technician and/or shop will receive a written/verbal warning possibly after a consumer complaint or inspection by state officials.
A fine may be accessed if a violation occurs.
The state abides by the FDA guidelines.
Please see the state's web site for more specific information and/or contact them or us directly.
989. Prohibited Hazardous Substances/Use of Products

No establishment or school shall have on the premises cosmetic products containing hazardous substances which have been banned by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetic products, including liquid methyl methacrylate monomer and methylene chloride. No product shall be used in a manner that is disapproved by the FDA.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 7312, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 7312(e), Business and Professions Code.

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