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How many hours of education do I need for licensure?
Answer: The amount of professional/technical training you need depends on which kind of license you’re applying for:
Can I do an apprenticeship to get a license?
Answer: Yes. The hours required are:
See Apprenticeship for more information.
Can I combine school hours and apprenticeship hours?
Answer: Yes. The law allows a merged instruction/apprenticeship program for Cosmetologists and Barbers. (See 24 Del. C. §5107(a)(3), subsections c and f.) After completing a 1500-hour apprenticeship, you must then apply for admittance to a 600-hour classroom program that has been approved by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). Note that no NACCAS-approved 600-hour course is currently available.
Can I use classroom hours from another state or country toward Delaware’s education requirement?
Answer: It depends on where your professional/technical training took place.
What is the fee for a verification of licensure?
Answer: See Request License Verification.
When is the practical exam offered?
Answer: See Delaware Practical Exam Dates.
Do I need to be a high school graduate to apply for a license?
Answer: If you’re applying for any kind of license other than an Instructor, you must have education equivalent to completing at least the 10th grade. Instructors must have an education equivalent to completing at least the 12th grade.
When does my license expire?
Answer: See License Renewal.
How long do I have to renew my license after it has expired?
Answer: See License Renewal.
What is the license fee?
Answer: See Fee Schedule.
Do I need a license to do permanent make-up?
Answer: Permanent make-up services are a form of body art/tattooing. You need a permit from the Division of Public Health. See Body Art Program or call (302) 744-1220 for information.
If I have a business license for my shop, do I need a professional license?
Answer: Yes. You must obtain a professional license from the Division of Professional Regulation for each location where you operate a shop or salon. The professional license is required in addition to the business license from the Division of Revenue. Also, everyone who provides professional services in the shop/salon must hold a professional license in their field.
What are the requirements for setting up a shop or salon?
Answer: All shops and salons operating in Delaware must comply with the Division of Public Health’s Cosmetology and Barbering Regulations.
What is the hand-washing sink requirement for shops?
Answer: See Section 4.9 in the Division of Public Health’s Cosmetology and Barbering Regulations.
Do I need to have a U.S. Social Security Number?
Answer: If you have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), you must enter it on your online license application. The license will not be issued until you provide the SSN. However, if you have never been issued a U.S. SSN, you must attest online that you do not have one and agree if you later receive a U.S. SSN, you will report it to the Board office.
Am I required to complete continuing education?
Do I need a license to apply eyelashes or eyelash extensions?
What is the difference between a Barber license and a Master Barber license?
Answer: The difference is what the law allows each to do. A Barber can shave or trim beards, cut or dress hair, give facial or scalp massages, and treat beards or scalps with preparations made for this purpose. A Master Barber can provide the same services as a Barber, but he or she can also embellish, clean or beautify human hair by arranging, dressing, curling, permanent waving, cutting singeing, braiding, pressing, chemically bleaching or coloring, chemically straightening, or similar work. See 24 Del. C. §5101(2) and (11).
I want my Cosmetology license to reflect that I can teach shaving. What do I need to do?
Answer: Delaware-licensed Cosmetologists and Cosmetologist Instructors may apply for this additional shaving certification through a Service Request in DELPROS, the online portal. See the sections regarding this under Instructor License by Reciprocity or License By Reciprocity. These sections also advise you of the requirements and how to submit the Service Request in the online portal. If you meet all the requirements and were licensed in Delaware by exam, you may still submit a Service Request for Additional Shaving Certification.