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How to get your license: Salon/shop, personal service, mobile unit

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access. 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.

We are waiving late fees for business and professional licenses up for renewal between February 1 - December 31, 2020. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

You do if you operate a salon, shop, personal service, or mobile unit in WA where cosmetology, barbering, manicuring, hair design, esthetics, or master esthetics are performed for a fee.

  • A salon or shop is any building, structure, or part thereof. This includes individuals leasing space and owners of salons or shops where services are performed
  • Personal services are services performed in the client's home, event venue, office, or other location that's convenient for the client.
  • A mobile unit is a location where services are performed in a mobile structure (van, mobile home, etc.).

How to get your license

Before applying:

  1. File a Business License Application to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the Department of Revenue.
    • You'll include your UBI on your salon/shop, personal service, or mobile unit license application.
  2. Certify your business is covered by a public liability insurance policy of at least $100,000 for combined bodily injury and property damage liability.

Apply online

Log in or sign up to start your application.

Apply by mail

Mail a completed Salon/Shop, Personal Services, or Mobile Unit License Application (English, Español, Русский, and more) and a check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing) to:

Cosmetology Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3856
Seattle, WA 98124-3856

Post your license

You must post these items in the reception area of your salon/shop or mobile unit:

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