Governor Pete Ricketts announced the end of Nebraska's coronavirus state of emergency. The Governor issued the state of emergency declaration on March 13, 2020. It officially ended at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The Governor issued Executive Order (EO) 21-09 to rescind pandemic-related executive orders. With a few exceptions, the coronavirus executive orders will expire on July 30, 2021, which is thirty days after the state of emergency ends. Full text of EO 21-09 is available by clicking here.
You must hold a current Nebraska license to practice in Nebraska.
Nebraska license types:
You do NOT need a Nebraska license to do:
Please see the regulations for complete details of the requirements to practice cosmetology and esthetics.
To reinstate from either inactive or expired status, you must:
Salons and schools cannot reinstate a license that has expired. Submission and approval of a new complete application is required before the business may operate.
Renewal dates and number of CE hours:
Online Jurisprudence Examination
Nebraska offers a free, 50-question, open book online examination relating to cosmetology and esthetic practice. The exam counts for two hours of continuing education. Click here for the examination.
Requesting Continuing Education Program Approval
The Board no longer reviews and approves continuing education programs. To renew, a licensee must have completed at least eight hours of continuing education; four hours must be learning how to perform the skills or services of your profession.
Please see the statutes and regulations for details on requirements for licensing
All services (cosmetology, nail, and esthetic) can be provided under the same establishment license; a separate license is not required for each type of service. Massage therapy services can also be provided under a cosmetology salon license without obtaining a separate establishment license.
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Cosmetology PO Box 94986 Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building 301 Centennial Mall South 14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on federal holidays.