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How to get your license: Cosmetology school or postsecondary school

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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 an establishment in Washington that offers instruction in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, manicuring, hair design, master esthetics, or instructor-trainee to students.

To apply for a license…

  • First, File a Business License Application – get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number (Department of Revenue).
    • You'll include your UBI number on the school application.
  • Next, apply for your school license.

Apply online

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

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Apply by mail

Send the following:

Post your license

You must post your school licenses in the reception area of the school.

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