How to get your license: Postsecondary school

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 an establishment in Washington that offers instruction in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, manicuring, hair design, master esthetics, or instructor-trainee to students.

To apply for a license…

File a Business License Application – get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number (Department of Revenue).

You’ll include your UBI number on the postsecondary school application.

Mail us:

  1. Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, Master Esthetician, or Instructor School License Application.
  2. Fee – Check or money order payable to Department of Licensing.
  3. As outlined in RCW 18.16.140, WAC 308-20-040, and WAC 308-20-090; a copy of the:
    • School’s curriculum
    • Catalog
    • Brochure (if you have one)
    • Enrollment contract
    • Cancellation and refund policies
  4. Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, or Master Esthetician School Surety Bond not less than $10,000 or 10% of the annual gross tuition collected by the school, whichever is greater; not to exceed $50,000.
  5. Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, Master Esthetician, or Instructor School Data Sheet
  6. Mail 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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