This website is scheduled to undergo routine maintenance on Saturday, 18 October from 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. CDT. During this time, you may not be able to schedule, reschedule or cancel test appointments. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners

Exam Waiver Process

Please review the following important information regarding Exam Waivers (for the National or State Portion).

The Minnesota Cosmetology theory exams contain two parts: National and State (Minnesota Laws & Rules) parts.

Candidates who are licensed in another state or tested in another state may decide that they want to take ONLY the STATE PART of the exam. On rare occasions, candidates may also wish to take only the NATIONAL PART.

Candidates wishing to take ONLY one part of the exam may do so by contacting Pearson VUE to request an EXAM WAIVER.

You must have an existing PROFILE (or create a PROFILE) prior to requesting an EXAM Waiver and before scheduling your exam. You should NOT schedule your exam until you receive notification that your EXAM Waiver has been applied successfully. Failure to do so will require that you take both the NATIONAL and STATE parts of the exam.

Please note: The Test Center Administrator will NOT be able to apply an Exam Waiver at the test center.

The Exam Waiver process

  • If you have not already done so, create a candidate PROFILE via the Pearson VUE website
  • Contact the Pearson VUE Call Center using the toll free number and advise the representative that you are requesting an Exam Waiver (and which part of the exam you need to take). Do NOT call the Board for an exam waiver.
  • OR
  • If you have not already done so, create a candidate PROFILE via the Pearson VUE website
  • Complete the Exam Waiver Request (Word® Document)
    Email, fax or mail the completed Exam Waiver Request Form to Pearson VUE.
  • Pearson VUE will process your Exam Waiver request and will send you an email confirmation that the Exam Waiver has been applied.
  • After you receive the email confirmation, you are ready to schedule your appointment by visiting www.pearsonvue.com or by calling Pearson VUE.

How to submit the Exam Waiver Request Form

Please choose one of the following options:

  • Email the Exam Waiver Request Form to: PearsonVUEWaiversRequests@pearson.com (this is the preferred method)
  • You can also fax or mail your request and documentation, but doing this will result in a lengthier wait-time for your approval: Fax 1-952-516-5473; Mailing address: Pearson VUE, Client Waivers Request, 5601 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington MN 55437. Questions: 1-800-274-0455.

Please Note: Supporting documentation is not required for Pearson VUE to process your Exam Waiver request for Minnesota Cosmetology. However you will be required to submit supporting documentation (qualifying you for a waiver) to the Board along with your license application.

Please note: at the time a license application is submitted, the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners will make its final determination about whether the applicant has submitted proof of completion of all requirements.

Last updated 2013-12-16