How to get your license: Cosmetology school

Who needs a license?

You need a license if you operate an establishment in Washington that offers instruction in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, manicuring, or instructor-trainee to students.

How to get your license

To apply for a license:

  1. File a Business License Application with the Department of Revenue to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
    • You’ll need to include your UBI number on the salon/shop, personal service, mobile unit application.
  2. Send us all of the following:
  3. Mail your application, supporting documents, and fee to:
    Cosmetology Program
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3856
    Seattle, WA 98124-3856

Post your license

You must post your school licenses in the reception area of the school.

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