Nail Technologist

Department of Public Health


Nail technologists apply sculptured nails, nail extensions, wraps, overlays, nail art or any other nail technique to the fingernails and toenails of a person. Also, they manicure people\’s nails, remove excess hair (by use of depilatories, wax or tweezers), and massage the hands, arms, ankles, and feet.

Code Citation IC, Chapter 157; 645 IAC 60, 61, 63, 64, 65

Who Applies Any individual wishing to practice nail technology in Iowa.

When To Apply After completing education requirements.

Initial Requirements Completion of a program approved by the board and passing score on the national licensure examination.

Duration Two years.

Processing Time 30 days after all required materials are submitted.

Fee Structure Initial License: Renewal:

Renewal Requirements

Exam The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Nail Technology Examination.

Additional Information Any individual wishing to practice nail technology in Iowa.

Services Provided

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Contact Information
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319