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

If you haven’t changed the location of your salon/shop, you may:

  • Renew online — if you received a password with your renewal notice:
    1. Complete your renewal information:
      • Go to Renew your professional license.
      • In the first box, enter 20921.
      • In the second box, enter your license number.
      • In the third and fourth boxes, enter the password printed on the renewal notice.
      • Click continue to complete the renewal process.
    2. Pay with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express (no gift cards).
  • or
  • Renew by mail by:
    1. Sending us all the following:
      • A completed application form.
      • Certification on the application that you carry public liability insurance of not less than $100,000 that includes bodily injury and property damage.
      • A check or money order for the $110 fee (payable to Department of Licensing).
    2. Mailing your application, insurance certification, and fee to:
      Cosmetology Program
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 3856
      Seattle, WA 98124-3856

If you didn’t receive your renewal notice and need your password, call 360.664.6626 and press "?" to speak with a customer service representative.

If you have changed the location address for your salon/shop, you can’t renew your license. You must reapply for a new license at your new address. To get a license for your new location:

  1. Complete a Salon/Shop, Personal Services, or Mobile Unit License Application.
    • Check the “Changing locations” box at the top of the form.
  2. Submit your completed application, certification of insurance, and a check or money order for the $110 fee (payable to the 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, there is a $160 late renewal fee.
  • If your license expired over 1 year, it’s canceled and you must re-apply.

We consider your salon unlicensed if your license expires or gets canceled. You can receive a fine 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. See the NIC website for a list of U.S. licensing boards.

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