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South Carolina Board of Cosmetology

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long can I wait to take the examinations for licensure?

Upon completion of the required hours the theory and practical examinations must be taken within twenty-four months or the school hours become invalid.

Q: I haven’t received my renewal notice, what do I do?

As a courtesy, renewal notices are sent out in January to your last known mailing address in the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology database. You may renew your license online using your User ID and Password. If you do not remember your User ID and Password, you may still renew your license on the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website using the online services at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology. A login window will open. If you do not know your user ID/PASSWORD select the ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option "I DO NOT KNOW MY USER ID / PASSWORD and the system will provide you with an ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option where you will place the last 5-digits of your social security number, your last name, type in the quirky work, and the licensing board in order to log into the system. Complete the online renewal questions and pay the renewal fee online. Be sure to obtain you confirmation number as proof of payment. Your license will be processed within 10 business days.

Q: I have to complete continuing education class hours to renew my license, what do I have to do and how many hours do I have to complete?

After your first renewal, all cosmetologists, estheticians, and nail technicians are required to complete a total of twelve (12) continuing education hours of training. You may complete a maximum of six (6) hours online and six (6) hours in a live class or all twelve (12) hours in two separate live classes. Visit the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology. Select the EDUCATION link to review the current listing of board approved continuing education classes as well as board approved ONLINE continuing education classes. Contact the provider(s) of your choice and the provider will walk you through the next steps on how to sign up for a class. A NOTE to instructors, you are required to complete a total of twelve (12) continuing education hours in order to renew an instructor’s license.

Q: What’s the status of my application?

You may track the status of your application 24-hours per day on the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website using the online services at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology. Once on the website, select APPLICATION STATUS and follow the prompts to check the progress of your application online. For most applications, if you are missing documents to complete the application process, you will be sent an official letter from the board to supply the missing information. Once all documents are received, and you meet the qualifications for a license, a license can be released.

Q: Can you check my license record to see how many continuing education classes I’ve completed so far?

You may track your continuing education class dates 24-hours per day on the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology. Once on the website, select CHECK YOUR CEU HOURS ONLINE and follow the prompts to check the dates of your class attendance online. A login window will open. If you do not know your user ID/PASSWORD select the ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option “I DO NOT KNOW MY USER ID / PASSWORD and the system will provide you with an ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option where you will place the last 5-digits of your social security number, your last name, type in the special characters, and select the licensing board in order to log into the system.

Q: I changed my name recently, what should I do to change my name on my license.

To change your name on your license after a marriage or a divorce, please visit the Cosmetology Board’s website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology. and complete the Name Change/Address Change application. You will need to provide evidence of the name change in the form of a marriage certificate, divorce decree or name change affidavit. The fee for a new license is $10.00, payable by money order or personal check.

Q: I’m trying to obtain my South Carolina cosmetology license, but I went to high school in another country. What do I have to do to get my high school information verified?

All foreign educated applicants, outside of the USA must contact one of the Board approved credentialing services listed to translate high school diploma information: Aequo International (844-882-3786), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (414-289-3400) or International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (215-222-8454). South Carolina will not accept education documents translated by International Services Center or any other unknown source.

Q: I received a letter from the SC Board of Cosmetology to get a license verification, what does that mean?

You must contact the Board of Cosmetology where you hold a courrent license and pay them a fee to request an official license verification be mailed to SC for review. The verification must show that you have a current license in that state, that you have passed a nationally recognized examination- the National Interstate Council (NIC) written and practical examinations, and verify the number of training hours completed at a licensed cosmetology school.

Q: I have a current cosmetology license in South Carolina and I’m applying for a license in another state. How do I verify my South Carolina?

You can request a license verification using the state online services option. Visit the SC Board of Cosmetology website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology.

Once on the website, select ONLINE VERIFICATION . A login window will open. If you do not know your user ID/PASSWORD select the ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option “I DO NOT KNOW MY USER ID / PASSWORD and the system will provide you with an ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option where you will place the last 5-digits of your social security number, your last name, type in the quirky work, and the licensing board in order to log into the system. Complete the online order form and pay the $5.00 fee online. Be prepared to enter the mailing address of the board where you want the license verification mailed to. License verifications are processed within 10 business days.

Q: I received a letter from the SC Board of Cosmetology to provide a SLED report/criminal background report, but who should I contact and how do I obtain the information?

If violations happened in South Carolina, you must contact the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). If violations happened outside of South Carolina, you must contact the state or local agency for a criminal background report. In addition, you must supply court documents with final dispositions for all charges.

SLED Headquarters is located at:
4400 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

The public may reach SLED by calling (803) 737-9000 or send correspondence to their mailing address at: Post Office Box 21398, Columbia, SC 29221

Q: I have a current cosmetology license in South Carolina and I’m applying for a license in another state. How do I verify my South Carolina?

If you would like to apply for a South Carolina license, visit our website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology.
Once on the website, select the APPLICATIONS / FORMS link and select the Endorsement application. You may print out the paper application and mail in your documents or complete the online application and scan in the documents required for licensure.

You will also need to request a license verification from your current state of licensure and or the state where you took your license examinations. South Carolina requires that all applicants have passed the National Interstate Council (NIC) written and practical examinations in order to qualify for licensure. If we determine that additional information is required, or that retesting is required, we will send you an official letter explaining the next steps to take.

Once you have submitted your endorsement application, you can track the status of your application 24-hours per day on the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website using the online services at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology.

Once on the website, select APPLICATION STATUS   and follow the prompts to check the progress of your application online. A login window will open. If you do not know your user ID/PASSWORD select the ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option “I DO NOT KNOW MY USER ID / PASSWORD and the system will provide you with an ALTERNATIVE LOGIN option where you will place the last 5-digits of your social security number, your last name, type in the quirky work, and the licensing board in order to log into the system to check your application status. Once all documents are received, a license can be released.

Q: How do I apply for a salon license?

Visit the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology.
Once on the website, select the APPLICATIONS / FORMS for the Salon Application. Submit the complete application ten (10) days before you plan to open. An inspector will contact you to conduct an inspection of your new salon. Once you pass inspection and have a salon license, you may open for business.

Q: How do I transfer my booth renter license to another salon?

The booth renter license is not transferrable. If you are working at a new salon, you must apply for a new booth renter license and return the old one.

Q: How do I apply for a salon license?

Visit the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology.
Once on the website, select the APPLICATIONS / FORMS and open the School Application. Instructions for completing the application appear on the first page. Submit the complete application to the board for review. You will receive a letter in the mail to appear before the next board meeting to answer questions about your new school. During the board meeting, if the school is approved, staff will arrange a preliminary inspection for the school. A board member and inspector will conduct a final inspection before the school is approved and released for licensing. Once the license is received, you may open for business.

Q: How do I become a Continuing Education Provider?

In order to deliver continuing education classes to licensees, you are required to set up an Association. Visit the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology website at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Cosmetology.
once on the website select the EDUCATION option for the Continuing Education Provider Information. You will find a link for the CE Provider application which you will print out and complete. You will also need the CE Provider Packet, the CE Course List and the On-Site CEU Documentation Checklist. Review all documents to properly prepare your submission. Complete the continuing education provider application along with a registration. You will be required to obtain a registration certificate of existence from the Secretary of State and provide the board with a statewide membership roster. The roster must include the names and license numbers of at least 75-100 licensees from the largest three (3) counties in South Carolina and the counties must be listed by each representative.

All application submissions must be complete and sent to the board for review by or before August 5, in order to be placed on the September board agenda for review. You will receive a letter in the mail to appear before the next board meeting to answer questions about your new association. All continuing education providers must complete and return their submission form, appropriate checklist, and the proposed continuing education materials for the board’s review on or before October 15. Any submissions postmarked after October 15 will NOT be considered for review . Submissions timely submitted but lacking the required information, proper format, or technical accessibility will be returned to the provider and may be considered at a subsequent board meeting as the agenda allows. Please read all requirements very carefully.

 

 

 

 

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