Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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South Dakota Cosmetology Commission


The Cosmetology Commission requires each person seeking a license be examined for basic knowledge and skills. The required State Board examinations are the NIC (National-Interstate Council) written theory for cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technology; and the South Dakota laws/rules examination.

Applicants who have completed their required education or who are applying for a South Dakota cosmetologist, esthetician, or nail technician license through reciprocity from another state may apply for a temporary license (if you have a confirmed job lined up). All required documents must be received by the Commission office prior to the issuance of a license or temporary license.

All forms linked below can also be found on our Forms page.

If you have completed your education in South Dakota, complete the Application for License Examination in South Dakota for the examination and temporary license.

If you have already applied for State Board examinations and now have a job lined up, use the Temporary License Application.

If you have a license from another state, see Reciprocity Licensing.

If you have a license from or were educated in another country, see Foreign Applicants.

See our Exam Schedule page for upcoming exam dates.

FEES: To pay by credit card:; or to pay with a check or money order, complete and mail the Payment Form:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

It is the policy of the Cosmetology Commission to administer the examination and all other services in a manner that does not discriminate against a qualified applicant with a disability. If you have special testing needs, see our policy concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).