A state littered with historical features, South Carolina is hugely known for its pivotal role in the American Revolution and the American Civil war.

  • Interestingly, the State is among the first eight to have ratified the US constitution in 1788 and the first to endorse the need for secession from the Union in 1860. 
  • In Charleston, South Carolina, the Fort Sumter is the sea fort where the Confederates and Union army first clashed. South Carolina Militia fired on the Confederates party, thus marking the beginning of the civil war.
  • South Carolina is also home to first theatre and museum, attracting lots of visitors annually.

Cosmetology Licensure Renewal

The South Carolina Board of Cosmetology requires that cosmetologists renew their licenses every two years. As long have you have your mailing address in the Board’s database, a reminder you’ll receive a notice reminding you of your license’s expiration. You can renew your license online by entering your user ID and password. If perchance, you’ve forgotten your password, no need to worry. Click the alternative login option and provide additional information to renew your license. Right after you pay the renewal fee of $52 well to save your confirmation number, which serves as proof of payment. Typically, you should receive your license after ten business days.  

It’s essential to note that the Board mandates a compulsory 4-hour continuing education course for all cosmetologists looking to renew their license. If your license has expired for three years or less, you’ll need to pay a reinstatement fee of $152 to renew your license.  If your license has expired for over three years, you’ll need to retake the examination and fulfill the same requirements for newly-licensed persons.

Initial License Fee: (subject to change. Please contact the Board)

Renewal Fee: $52

Reinstatement Fee: $152

How to Transfer My License to South Carolina to Another State

Suppose you’re already a practicing cosmetologist and have decided to relocate to South Carolina, perhaps to avail yourself of the State’s boundless opportunities. In that case, you can transfer your license on the condition that you meet some stipulated requirements. First, you’ll need to write to the State Board to obtain your license requesting a License Verification. This license must include the State seal and contain certain information on whether you’ve taken a State or national cosmetology examination.  Upon receipt of your License Verification, you’re to forward it to the South Carolina Board of cosmetology staff, where it would be decided if your currently held license meets South Carolina’s standards. If you’ve not taken any written examination, the Board will direct you on the appropriate steps to sitting for the NIC examination process. With your License Verification, you’ll need to submit the following:

  • You must download and fill the endorsement form after paying a non-refundable fee of $60 to the State Board.
  • You must provide a copy of your social security card.
  • You must provide a copy of your birth certificate or passport.
  • You must provide a copy of your currently held license obtained from another State.
  • You must provide a signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence.
  • You must provide a copy of your ID or passport.
  • You must provide a passport photograph.

How to Change Name/Address on Cosmetology license

Maybe you recently got married or divorced or probably changed your residential address, and you want to notify the Board of this development. For a change of name, you’ll need to complete and submit the personal name/address change form with an official document such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, after paying a fee of $10. The same process applies for change of address, excluding the $10 mandatory fee.

Requirements for Receiving Cosmetology Instructor’s license

Being licensed as a cosmetology instructor opens you up to the avenue of not only increasing your income but also assisting and guiding upcoming cosmetologists. If you want to become a cosmetology instructor in South Carolina, you’ll need to provide the following documents after filling and submitting the cosmetology instructor form.

  • You must provide proof that you’ve completed high school or provide a GED certification.
  • You must have practiced cosmetology for a minimum of two years since receiving your license or, you must have received 750 hours of training as an instructor.
  • You must take and pass the cosmetology instructor examinations.

Cosmetology Examinations Requirements

Sitting for the cosmetology exams demands you fulfill some of the requirements listed below:

  • You must have paid the sum of $45 for the examination fee.
  • You must have filled and submitted the exam application form.
  • You must provide a copy of your high school diploma.
  • You must provide a copy of your social security card
  •  and a valid ID.
  • You must provide a  Methods of Teaching certificate as proof that you’ve completed 45 hours of teaching training.
  • You must provide a signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence.
  • A recent passport photograph

After submitting the documents above, the Board will notify you if you’re eligible within ten working days. The examination is divided into two parts: theory and practical. Applicants who fail either part of the exam can retake an examination on the part they failed. Applicants who want to retake the examination can do so after notifying the Board and paying a reexamination fee.

Finally, you’re now fully acquainted with every information necessary to becoming a cosmetologist in South Carolina. If you’re looking for more information on cosmetology and how it works in other States, you can check here.