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cosmetic therapy Licensure Information

Cosmetic therapy means the permanent removal of hair from the human body through the use of electric modalities approved by the board for use in cosmetic therapy, and additionally may include the systematic friction, stroking, slapping, and kneading or tapping of the face, neck, scalp, or shoulders. Ohio defines Cosmetic therapy as a “limited branch of the practice of medicine”. Cosmetic therapy is not the practice of cosmetology or esthetics; these practices are governed by the Ohio Board of Cosmetology.

The Board has established a Cosmetic Therapy Advisory Committee to advise the board regarding issues relating to cosmetic therapy in Ohio. This committee meets quarterly, and the schedule is available on the website.

Verification of Ohio license

New Forms and Fees for Physicians and Limited Branch practitioners

Beginning October 19, 2009, the State Medical Board of Ohio is charging a $50.00 fee to complete and send a letter of good standing or license verification to another State Board, Canadian Province or other jurisdiction. The Board will verify both the Ohio training certificate and the permanent license for the same fee if the practitioner held both licenses in Ohio.

If you trained in Ohio prior to 1999 with a “temporary” license, the Board will send a verification memo and the fee of $50.00 is not required. If you have questions regarding the forms or fees, you may call the CME and Renewal department at 614-728-3113, or email

In addition, the Board will charge a $35.00 fee to process a request for a duplicate wallet card. Please go to the link for the affidavit for a wallet card at, download the affidavit, and submit it with a check or money order for $35.00.

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Criminal Background Check required for initial license and license restoration applications received on or after March 24, 2008.

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30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6127 | Telephone: (614) 466-3934 | Fax: (614) 728-5946
Complaint Forms: (800) 554-7717 | Licensure Verification: (800) 357-7720