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How to get your license: Cosmetologists

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access and manage your license. If you need help with the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

How to get a license

You must have a license to practice cosmetology in Washington. To find out how get your license, see:

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You can print your license online

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If you have a license in another state

We only issue licenses for WA. To get licensed in another state, contact the licensing board in that state. See the NIC website for a list of U.S. licensing boards.

If you apply for a WA license, it won't affect your license in another state. Learn how to apply for a WA license from another state.

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