Laser regulations by state

Laser regulation by state

Some states have taken a position on who can and cannot perform laser hair removal. This is usually determined by each state's state medical board, and in some cases the barbering and cosmetology board. States without listed regulation have not been confirmed at the time of this writing.

Please note that this information is subject to change and is not a substitute for confirming the most up-to-date version of your state's laws.


State

Use of laser limited to

Source

Alabama

Physicians or under direct supervision of physician only

 

Alaska

 

 

Arizona

 

 

Arkansas

 

 

California

Physicians; RN or physician's assistant working with physician

 

Colorado

Personal and responsible supervision of a licensed physician

 

Connecticut

Supervision, control & responsibility of a licensed physician; RN, LPN, Physician's assistant, and paramedic

 

Delaware:

Physicians only

 

Florida

Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certain physician assistants under the direct supervision of physicians

 

Georgia

 

 

Hawaii

Physicians only

 

Idaho

 

 

Illinois

Only physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or, a physician's assistant or advanced practice nurse working under a physician's direct on-site supervision

 

Indiana

Physicians only

 

Iowa

 

 

Kansas

 

 

Kentucky

Physicians only

 

Louisiana

Allied health professional under direct supervision

 

Maine

Physicians only

 

Maryland

 

 

Massachusetts

Skilled professional or non-professional under the direct supervision, control and responsibility of an on-site physician

 

Michigan

 

 

Minnesota

 

 

Mississippi

Physicians only

 

Missouri

"wholly unregulated in Missouri. There are no statutes or regulations governing laser hair removal treatments."

Mitchell v. McEvoy (2007)

Montana

Physicians only

 

Nebraska

Physicians only

 

Nevada

 

 

New Hampshire

Physicians only

 

New Jersey

Physicians only

 

New Mexico

Physicians only

 

New York

Practice of medicine and may only be performed by an individual apprpriately licensed

 

North Carolina

Licensed practitioner with appropriate medical training function under supervision, preferably on-site, of a physician or by those categories of practitioners currently licensed by thew state to perform surgical services

 

North Dakota

Physicians only

 

Ohio

 

 

Oklahoma

Physicians or under direct supervision of physician only

 

Oregon

 

 

Pennsylvania

Physicians or under direct supervision of physician only

 

Rhode Island

 

 

South Carolina

Physicians or under direct supervision of physician only

 

South Dakota

 

 

Tennessee

 

 

Texas

Supervision of a licensed practitioner with medical training

 

Utah

Supervision of a licensed health care practitioner acting within the scope of the licensee's license.

 

Vermont

 

 

Virginia

Professions whose license permit such use

 

Washington

Practice of medicine. “as such, laser can only be used by certain licensed health professionals.”

 

West Virginia

 

 

Wisconsin

State law (PDF)

 

Wyoming

 

 

 

Source: State law websites, laser practitioners, American Electrology Association