Requirements to get a VA Nail Technician License



  • Age 16 or older within one month of starting 
  • Valid Driver's License or DMV ID presented within 30 days to start
  • Social Security card (only if issued one) presented within 60 days of starting
  • One passport photo is required before completion (not a passport)


  • 9th grade reading level and 4th grade math skills
  • High School diploma is not needed



  • Students do not have to live in Virginia to get a Virginia Nail License
  • Students with a Virginia Nail License can only sell nail care in Virginia
  • Other states may offer reciprocity to transfer a VA nail license into their state
  • Students can have multiple state licenses as long as they pay the yearly fees
  • VA Nail License transfering into bordering states: West VirginiaNorth Carolina and  Maryland


  • The course here is only taught in English. Additional study guides are available in Spanish or Vietnamese to go with the textbook. 
  • The state written exam is offered to take in English, Spanish and Vietnamese


  • Check your course expiration date. Students must be finished with all online study, attendance and testing by that date to avoid an instant fail. All attended hours are available for transfer. To restart the full cost must be paid again. All previously attended dates/hours will be deducted from the full cost for restarts.
  • Students can test out of online study work upon request with a $50-100 fee for retesting. 



  • Attend responsibly to finish hours. Try not to miss ANY days of class. Skills taught that missed day are not retaught on another day.
  • Avoid too much social distractions to focus on completing lab work when at class
  • Make time each week to study the required minimum hours to finish on time
  • Make sure to practice technique at home at least 5 hours per week to avoid low confidence issues at the next class
  • Within the first week of starting, present your passport photo, DMV ID and SS Card to avoid delay in processing paperwork to take your state exams for licensure
  • Prepare to pay and take the state exams within 30 days of the course completion to be better prepared to pass the state exams to get licensed. The cost is $92 for the written and $93 for the practical. This is paid to the exam center not here.


COST TO GET LICENSED (after course completion):

  • The written exam is $92 and the practical exam is $93. Both costs are per try to pass. This should be paid within 3 months of graduation to avoid complications.
  • The state license fee is $105 after passing both exams, due every 2 years to stay licensed. This must be paid after passing the state exams. 
  • No CEU's are required in Virginia 
  • Virginia is a NIC test approved state. Your license will be transferable into other states. You can be multi-state licensed. 


  • The state offers ADA special accommodations for those taking their state exams.
  • The school walkways are ADA compliante with education provided in wheelchair accessible rooms/tabels
  • The two way swinging door can be opened for those needing assitance
  • Handicap parking is within 20 feet of the door
  • Seating is available with or without arms and room for leg extension
  • There are no stairs inside or outside the school to enter
  • There is no curb blockage for walkway into the school
  • The restroom is ADA wheelchair compliant
  • Please bring IEP documentation to request a private meeting before starting


  • To obtain a VA Nail Technician license you should be clear of any previous violations with licensure issues or disciplinary actions in barbering, cosmetology, waxing, nail care, esthetics or tattooing in any other state
  • The board will review past issues to determine eligibility for licensure only after passing both state exams
  • The board will also review past license loss or failed issues to determine eligibility for state licensure ONLY after exams are passed

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND:  State Regulation on Licensing

  • Students with misdemeanors and/or felony conviction(s) must show criminal history reports to DPOR after finishing the course by purchasing their criminal history report for $20-25. The instructor will privately help with the instructions. 
  • The state DPOR board will review the charges only after completing a course and passing both state exams to approve or disapprove state licensure
  • The decision to approve a student for licensure when students have convictions is based entirely on the Virginia DPOR state board, this school has no part in the decision making
  • The regulatory board does not make a review to decide to approve licensure until AFTER the student passes a nail course here and passes both state exams
  • The board will want state police copies of your charges
  • We have had students in the past with misdemeanor and felony convictions that got approval for licensure but it can take months or even over a year to finalize if approved. An approval is worth trying for!
  • All conversations about convictions are kept confidential and private between the student and the instructor so please don't be concerned about speaking about it


Disciplinary Action Reporting Form
Disciplinary Action Reporting Form.pdf
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Denial of Licensure Reporting Form
Denial of Licensure Forms.pdf
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Criminal Conviction Reporting Form
Criminal Conviction Reporting Form.pdf
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Virginia State Police Criminal History Record Request Form
VSP Help Desk (804) 674-2131
Criminal History Record Request Form.pdf
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Temporary Permit Application
Temporary Permit Application.pdf
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Salon/Shop/Spa Self-Inspection Form
Salon Self Inspection Form.pdf
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Interested in how to file a complaint about a Salon or Tech?
State Issued Nail Licenses or training permits MUST be posted for anyone selling nail care services in VA including all learning apprentices. Violation is on the person selling nail services without a license, the salon selling nail services without licensed employees and an another violation is given to the salon for not POSTING individual licenses for every employee selling nail services. The state is relying on you to report violations!
Salon Complaint Information.pdf
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Updated Mar 2018

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