Cosmetology Examination Application Information

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Upon successful completion of an apprenticeship or school course of study, an individual may apply for approval to take the state licensing examinations. Article 12 of the Occupational Code, 1980 PA 299, requires that all applicants, except persons wishing to become licensed as an instructor, must successfully pass a state qualifying examination which consists of both theory (written) and practical ("hands on") portions that illustrate an applicant's understanding of concepts and proper procedure. Applicants for an instructor's license need only take a theory (written) examination. You may wish to review the Candidate Information Brochure provided by our testing contractor PSI Services, LLC (PSI). 

To obtain approval to take the cosmetologist examination, an application for licensure must be submitted through our online service, MyLicense. Additionally, a Michigan Cosmetology Examination Registration form with the affidavit section completed, and the appropriate examination fees, must be submitted to PSI. For exam related questions or to schedule your exam, contact PSI at or by calling 1-800-733-9267.