Reciprocity — If you’re currently licensed in another state or country and you have passed the state-approved written and performance examinations, you aren’t required to re-take the exams to get a license in Washington State.
Instructors with an education degree — Instructor applicants who hold a degree in education from an accredited postsecondary institution and who are otherwise qualified aren’t required to take the written or performance exams.
You may only take 1 examination per day. If you fail an exam, you may apply to retake it on another day. To retake a written or performance exam, reschedule and pay the appropriate re-examination fee. For more information, please visit the National Testing Network (Ergometrics) website at www.cosmetologywashington.com.
You’ll be charged a late penalty fee. Renewals are sent to each licensee as a courtesy reminder. As a professional license holder it is your responsibility to keep your license current at all times.
If your license is expired for more than 1 year, your license will be cancelled and you must reapply and meet current licensing requirements.
If your license is expired or cancelled, you’re considered to be unlicensed and may be working illegally. You and the salon shop may be subject to administrative action by us, and you may be fined up to $1,000 for engaging in unlicensed activity.
Mailing address — If you’re changing only your mailing address, contact us by email, mail, or fax. There’s no fee to change your mailing address. For all mailing address changes, please send us the following information:
Current address and phone number
Type of license
License number, date of birth, or Social Security number
For salon/shops, include your business name and Unified Business Identification (UBI) number or tax registration number
Business location address — If you’re changing the location address of your salon/shop or school you must complete a new license application and pay an application fee.
You can start working after you have received the appropriate license(s). The law requires all licenses to be posted. We’ll issue a license after we receive all required documents and fees (where applicable).
Household bleach is made of 5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite (52,500 ppm); therefore, a 1% bleach solution is 525 ppm. Some experiments have shown that 200 ppm (or even less in some experiments) will inactivate most viruses. Therefore it would seem that a 1% solution of household bleach might be adequate. However, hypochlorite is substantially and quickly inactivated in the presence of organic matter. So, although 1% may be adequate for surface decontamination, a 10% dilution may be a better choice for inactivation of virus when one is cleaning out areas which have been infested by rodents. This 10% concentration is currently supported in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Infection Control recommendations. For details see the state minimum safety and sanitation standards.
Special Pathogens Branch recommends a 10% bleach solution be used to inactivate hantaviruses. (A 10% solution corresponds to 1½ cups of household bleach per gallon of water, or 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.) For details see the state minimum safety and sanitation standards.
Read the product information on the label or on the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for information on disinfection properties of the product. To be acceptable, the product must be an EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectant with demonstrated bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal properties. For details see the state minimum safety and sanitation standards.
The Cosmetology Section provides technical assistance to applicants and licensees if requested. To schedule an appointment, please email us at email@example.com. During a technical assistance visit you can learn about: