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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.      


2022 Individual License renewals
License renewals can be submitted on time between July 1, 2022 12:00am and October 1, 2022 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 individual renewal submitted October 2 or later.  

2022 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

Infection Control COVID-19 Information and updates

The Board has no face covering requirements and Governor Cooper's Executive Order 215 lifted statewide mask mandates in May 2021.  However masks may be required by local or county government or requested by cosmetic art shop owners for employees and guests. For specifics for your area, contact the local health department.  For information about COVID-19 recommendations and other virus related guidance refer to NCDHHS, the Governor's Office, and the CDC.


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.