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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 answer questions online or via phone.  Staff cannot take payments over the 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 weekdays (except state holidays) 9:00am to 4:00pm and phone lines are open 8:00am to 4:00pm.  To schedule a customer service assistance appointment please email skuzdrall@nccosmeticarts.com.


2024 Individual License renewals
License renewals can be submitted on time between July 1, 2024 12:00am and October 1, 2024 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.

2024 Shop Renewals
Shop licenses expire annually on February 1. Renewals can be submitted online by logging in with the SHOP license number and pin (last four of the file number). December 1-February 1 - is on time
February 2- $10 late fee after
March 1 - $10 late fee + $25 reinstatement
To renew log in here:https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/userman/useraccounts/login.aspx

 Inspections/Call Solicitation Notification

The Board has received notifications of calls and texts regarding insurance benefits for licensees  - the Board is not affiliated in any way with benefits providers. 

There have been reports of personal visits to licensed shops by individuals impersonating Board inspectors and other Board staff.  Reports have been made in counties throughout the state.  Board inspectors always carry and present identification but do not collect payments or offer insurance 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. 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

Esthetics Scope of Practice - At the Board meeting July 25, 2022 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding the esthetics scope of practice.  Click here to read the ruling:Declaratory Ruling - Esthetics Scope of Practice


License status can be verified and printed online.