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How to renew your license: Cosmetology instructor

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.

Things to know

  • License expires every 2 years.
  • You can renew 120 days before your license expires.
  • There will be a late fee if you don't renew before it expires.
  • If your license has been expired for more than 1 year, it's canceled and you must reapply.
  • We consider you unlicensed if your license expires or gets canceled. You can receive a fine for engaging in unlicensed activity.

Before you renew

  • Be ready to answer the legal background questions and provide explanations if needed.

What you'll need

  • Your license number
  • Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit or debit card to pay renewal fee
  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
    • If you don't have one, you'll be able to create one before you start.
    • For help visit How to set up account access.

Renew online

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Renew by mail

Reinstate your license

If your license has been expired for more than 1 year, you must reapply for a license. To reapply, submit a completed Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, or Master Esthetician License, Renewal, Reinstatement, or Reciprocity Application (English, Español, Русский, and more) (check the "Reinstatement" box).

When will I get my license?

  • Request a copy online: print any time.
  • Request a copy by mail: within 45 days.

If you have a license in another state

We only renew Washington state licenses. To renew your license in another state, please contact the licensing board in that state for instructions. See the NIC website for a list of U.S. licensing boards.

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