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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 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.

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 apply

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.
  3. You'll need a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
Apply online

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

When will I get my license?

We won't mail your license unless you request a printed copy. Your license is available to print online.

If you applied online

  • We'll process your request within 14 business days. It will be available to print online at any time.
  • Check your email for notifications about your license.
  • See how to self-print your license.

If you applied by mail

  • We'll process your request within 45 business days and send a copy of your license to the email address listed on the application.
  • You can print your license online at any time. See how to self-print your license

Get a printed license by mail

  • To get a printed license when applying by mail, you must send the license print fee with your application.
  • To request a printed copy of your license, send us the following information:
    • Name
    • Mailing address
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • License type
    • License number
    • Check or money order for the license print fee, payable to Department of Licensing
    • Mail 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:

How to change your address

Update your insurance online

Follow these step-by-step instructions to update your insurance information.

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