Checking a cosmetology license for an individual is a simple process that should not take longer than five minutes to complete successfully. To work in the beauty care industry, you must be licensed by the state as a cosmetologist. Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment to individuals who need or want it.

Step 1

Navigate to your state's Board of Barbering and Cosmetology website. For example, if you live in the state of California, you would navigate to the following website: ""

Step 2

Click on the tab marked "I am a consumer and need" and select "To Verify a License" from the subsequent menu. Enter in the individual in questions first and last name, license number (if available), and the city/county that they received their license in. If you do not have all of this information, enter in whatever knowledge you have of the individual.

Step 3

Click on the "Find" tab at the bottom of the page. If the person you have searched has a cosmetology license, it will appear on the subsequent page.