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Appearance enhancement bond cost

The New York Department of State requires owners of appearance enhancement businesses to secure a surety bond. The areas of appearance enhancement include cosmetology, esthetics, nail specialty, natural hair styling and waxing. The bond amount is $50,000. The length of the bond’s term is 1 year from the date of issuance. Bondholders must renew the bond before it expires if they wish to continue business operations.

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Why this bond

Appearance enhancement bonds keep practitioners responsible for their actions on the job. If the practitioner fails to adhere to the terms and provisions specified by this bond, then the bond may be actionable. Unlawful practices include:

  • fraud or bribery in obtaining a license or passing examination
  • Including false information on an application
  • Failure to display your license in a prominent location
  • Having open sources of ignition
  • Permitting practice of barbering at location without barber shop license
  • Using disinfectants that are not EPA-approved
  • Preparing or selling food or beverages on the licensed premises
  • Mixing chemicals without adequate ventilation
  • Using products without proper manufacturer label
  • And more

For a comprehensive list of appearance enhancement business rules and regulations, check out Article 27 of the General Business Law in the “Additional information” section.

In addition, practitioners must take a certain number of hours in their respective discipline and past an examination before they can receive licensure. The required hours are as follows:

  • Nail specialty: 250
  • Esthetics: 600
  • Natural hair styling: 300
  • Cosmetology: 1000
  • Xaxing: 75

Appearance enhancement bond details

The New York Department of State obligates anyone who runs an appearance enhancement business to first obtain a surety bond. The bond requirement is $50,000 and is credit-based.

Although the license lasts for 4 years, the bond must be renewed annually. If the surety decides to terminate the bond, it must provide the New York Secretary of State a 60-day written notice of cancellation before it takes effect. This means the surety remains liable for any and all claims made against this bond during these 60 days.

Start an appearance enhancement business

Owners of appearance enhancement businesses in New York must receive an approved appearance enhancement business license before commencing operations. To apply for an appearance enhancement businesses license, you must be at least 18 years old. The following must be included with the license application:

  • $60 registration fee
  • $50,000 surety bond
  • Applicant name, address, email & phone number
  • Business name & address
  • Background data

Although appearance enhancement business licenses give you the ability to legally operate a business of such nature, you cannot provide customer service unless you receive an approved license in your specific discipline (waxing, esthetics, cosmetology, etc.). You can find the applications for these disciplines in the “Important Links” section. Both licenses are valid for 4 years from the date of issue.

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Additional information

  • NY Appearance Enhancement Bond Form
  • Appearance Enhancement Business or Area Renter Application
  • General Business Law: Article 27
  • NY Cosmetology License Application
  • NY Esthetics License Application
  • NY Nail Specialty License Application
  • NY Natural Hair Styling License Application
  • NY Waxing License Application
  • New York Department of State