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How to get your license: Postsecondary school

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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