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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
Infection Control, Safety, and Consumer Protection

Contact the Board - 919-736-6123

All applications and renewals can be completed online and staff are glad to help online or via phone.  The Board office phone number is 919-736-6123. Questions can also be directed to nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com or submitted via the Chat now option.  The Board office is open 9:00am to 4:00pm daily and phone lines are open 8:00am to 4:00pm.      


Current license renewals can be submitted on time between July 1, 2021 12:00am and October 1, 2021 11:59pm.  Licensees that are not exempt or inactive must complete 8 hours of CE per year. The Board offers Free CE for licensees.  The Board does not require licensees to take paid courses and cautions licensees against CE course providers that advertise their classes as "mandatory."
Licensees can document CE hours as any education earned since the last renewal. Examples of acceptable CE hours would be: learning a new skill from another professional, watching educational videos or tutorials,  taking correspondence or online courses, participating in a hands-on class.  At least half the education completed must be in the cosmetic art licensure field .  Please keep records of the time, date, location (or URL) and a brief description of the educational material so if the licensee is selected for an audit and receives an audit letter the records can be submitted in a timely manner.

To renew log in here: https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/userman/useraccounts/login.aspx

Late fees are due for any renewal submitted October 2 or later.  

Infection Control COVID-19 Information and updates

The Board will post updates here as the COVID-19 pandemic develops *Updated August 19, 2021*

Governor Cooper's Executive Order 215 lifts COVID-19 restrictions.  Face coverings are no longer required by Executive Order but could be required by local or county government or requested by cosmetic art shop owners for employees and guests. Link to: Executive Order 215

What disinfectant should be used in the shop?
 Board infection control requirements for Disinfectant must be EPA-registered and labeled as bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal - No product will be labeled for COVID-19 yet, but many will have human coronavirus efficacy either on their label or available on their websites (Barbicide, Citrus II and other similar disinfectants) - The EPA has approved any product that has tested as effective against human coronavirus, to make a claim for COVID-19 at this time.

I need a copy of my license, how can I get it?
All licensees can log in (click Login in the blue stripe at the top of the page) and click Download.

I need my license number how can I get it?
Licensees can search for their name (leave the license number field blank) here:https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/onlineservices/Verification.aspx

Additional Infection Control Guidance related to COVID-19

OSHA recommendations for return to work
CDC recommendations for workplaces
EPA Disinfectant List
Board Infection Control Rules

For information about COVID-19 recommendations and other virus related guidance refer to NCDHHS, the Governor's Office, and the CDC.

The Board office is 121 Edinburgh South Drive Suite 209 Cary, NC 27511
All requests, applications and questions for the Board can be handled online. For assistance with any Board related question please call 919-736-6123, chat with Board staff through our Chat Now feature, or email nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com. All requests are processed and receive a response within 24 hours of receipt.


Inspections Notification

The Board has received notifications of calls and visits to licensed shops by individuals impersonating Board inspectors. Reports have been made in counties throughout the state.  Board inspectors always carry and present identification but do not collect payments of any kind.  


Consumer and Student Complaints

Complaints can be submitted at the following link:  http://www.nccosmeticarts.com/inspections/complaints.aspx


Lash extension application - To perform lash extension application services an individual must hold either an esthetician license or cosmetology license and be practicing in a licensed cosmetic art shop. GS 88B establishes this requirement in the definitions of esthetics and cosmetology and a link to the state law is available here: https://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/ByChapter/Chapter_88B.html  The Board has a list of licensed schools here: https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/uploads/forms/AllSchoolMailingList.pdf

Lash perming - At the Board meeting April 8, 2019 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding lash lifting/perming.  Click here to read the ruling: Declaratory Ruling - Lash Lifting Procedure

Brow Lamination- At the Board meeting January 6, 2020 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding brow lamination. 
Click here to read the ruling: Declaratory Ruling - Brow Lamination Procedure

Dermaplaning -
At the Board meeting July 13, 2020 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding dermaplaning.  Click here to read the ruling:Declaratory Ruling - Dermaplaning Procedure 

Microblading, and needling- 
Dermaplaning, microblading, hylauranic pens, cavitation, fibroblast, and needling are not within the scope of practice of our licensees. § 88B2. Definitions. (11a) Esthetics. - Refers to any of the following practices: giving facials; applying makeup; performing skin care; removing superfluous hair from the body of a person by use of creams, tweezers, or waxing; applying eyelashes to a person, including the application of eyelash extensions, brow or lash color; beautifying the face, neck, arms, or upper part of the human body by use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams; surface manipulation in relation to skin care; or cleaning or stimulating the face, neck, ears, arms, hands, bust, torso, legs, or feet of a person by means of hands, devices, apparatus, or appliances along with the use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams.


License status can be verified and printed online.