Verification for state cosmetology licensing boards

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License certification

As of August 1, 2013, we no longer provide license certification letters to states to confirm license status, education hour completion, or examination results. States may Search Business and Professional Licenses online to find:

  • Current license status.
  • Date the license was first issued.
  • Types of licenses and endorsements held.

Minimum exams and scores

Applicants must meet these minimum exam and score requirements to be issued a first license in Washington:

  • October 1, 2013–Present:
    • Exams: NIC Practical and NIC Written
    • Score: 75%
  • October 1, 2010–September 20, 2013:
    • Exams: State Practical and State Written
    • Score: 75%
  • February 1, 2006–September 30, 2010:
    • Exams: NIC Practical and NIC Written
    • Score: 75%
  • July 1, 2002–January 31, 2006:
    • Exams: NIC Practical and State Written
    • Score: 76%
  • July 1, 1984–June 30, 2002:
    • Exams: State Written
    • Score: 76%
  • Before July 1, 1984:
    • Exams: State Practical and State Written
    • Score: 76%

Disciplinary actions

To see a list of cosmetologists, barbers, manicurists, estheticians, master estheticians, hair design, salon shops, or postsecondary schools that have been disciplined in Washington state, see Disciplinary actions: Cosmetologists.

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