Cosmetology news

Effective March 12, 2014, practical testing discontinued at Fife and Spokane

Please read our letter in regards to testing at the Fife and Spokane testing sites.

Rule changes effective January 1, 2014

The cosmetology, barber, manicurist, and esthetician rules in WAC 208-20 have been changed to implement House Bill 1779 and update safety and sanitation procedures. These changes:

  • Add a new title to include the Master Esthetics license fee under the current esthetics fees. (There is no increase or decrease to the fees.)
  • Include “Advanced theories, alternative, touch, and spa body treatments” to the Master Esthetics curriculum requirements. This will allow for curriculums to address medium depth chemical peels and other advanced practices.
  • Update recordkeeping for schools and apprentice shops.
  • Update minimum instruction requirements for the esthetics license.
  • Create minimum instruction guidelines for the master esthetics license.
  • Update safety and sanitation standards for schools, cosmetologists, manicurists, estheticians, master estheticians, barbers, instructors, salons/shops, mobile units and personal services.
  • Create expiration dates for certified training hours and examination results.
  • Update requirements for pre-inspection and license renewal for schools.

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License certification letters no longer available.

As of August 1, 2013, we no longer provide license certification letters to states to confirm the license status, education hour completion, or examination results of licensees. States may Search Business and Professional Licenses online to get Washington license status information. For more information, see Information for state licensing boards.

New law sets requirements for schools to qualify as postsecondary education

House Bill 1683, passed during the 2013 legislative session, sets requirements for cosmetology schools to qualify as institutions of postsecondary education so students are eligible to receive federal financial aid. To learn more about these requirements and what they mean for you, see our Postsecondary Education License Letter.

Separate artist license required for permanent cosmetic services

If you charge a fee to apply permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, lip color, or any repigmentation that implants pigment under the skin, you must have a permanent cosmetics artist license. This license is required in addition to your cosmetologist, barber, esthetician, or manicurist license. If you have questions, please contact us at 360.664.6660 or

Department announces position on fish pedicures

See the Department of Licensing’s position on fish pedicures to learn how Washington State sanitation and disinfection rules relate to fish pedicures.

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