How to get your license: Salon/shop, personal service, mobile unit

Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.

Who needs a license?

You do if you operate a salon/shop, personal service, or mobile unit in WA where cosmetology, barbering, manicuring, hair design, esthetics, or master esthetics are performed for a fee.

  • A salon/shop is any building, structure, or part thereof. This includes individuals leasing space where services are performed
  • Personal services are services performed in the client’s home, office, or other location that’s convenient for the client.
  • A mobile unit is a location where services are performed in a mobile structure (van, mobile home, etc.).

How to get your license

To apply:

  1. File a Business License Application to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the Department of Revenue.
    • You’ll include your UBI on your salon/shop, personal service, mobile unit license application.
  2. Certify your business is covered by a public liability insurance policy of at least $100,000 for combined bodily injury and property damage liability.
  3. Mail a completed Salon/Shop, Personal Services, or Mobile Unit License Application and a check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing) to:
    Cosmetology Program
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3856
    Seattle, WA 98124-3856

Post your license

You must post these items in the reception area of your salon/shop or mobile unit:

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