How to renew your license: Cosmetology instructor

  • Renew online if you received a password with your renewal notice. To renew online:
    1. Enter the password provided on your renewal notice.
    2. Complete your renewal information.
    3. Pay with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express (no gift cards).
  • or
  • Renew by mail by sending your completed application form and a check or money order for the $55 fee (payable to Department of Licensing) to:
    Cosmetology Program
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3856
    Seattle, WA 98124-3856

After you renew

You can expect to get your new license:

  • If you renewed online: Within 14 business days.
  • If you renewed by mail: Up to 90 days.

Late renewals

  • If your renewal is late, you’ll be charged a $110 late renewal fee.
  • If your license has been expired for more than 1 year, it has been canceled and you must re-apply and take all the necessary exams.

Note: If your license is expired or canceled, you are considered to be unlicensed. You may be fined for engaging in unlicensed activity.

If you have a license in another state

We only renew Washington state licenses. To renew your license in another state, please contact the licensing board in that state for instructions. See the NIC website for a list of U.S. licensing boards.

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