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Proposed Rule Making Notice

We have filed a proposed rule-making on Chapter 308-20 Cosmetology, Barber, Manicurist, and Esthetician.

Proposed rules changes

  • Remove reference to theory from:
    • WAC 308-20-010 (9),
    • WAC 308-20-090 (6), and
    • WAC 308-20-573 (1)(m)(iii)
  • Change the amount of online training allowed in an approved course of study in WAC 308-20-010 (9) from 25% to 50%.

In March 2020, Governor Inslee issued the Stay Home Stay Healthy proclamation. This was to help limit the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, cosmetology schools were unable to operate. WAC 308-20-010 limits the definition of "online training" to not exceed 25% of the course.

To help schools to conduct business during the Stay Home Stay Healthy order, we filed emergency rules. This was to allow schools to offer 100% of theoretical instruction online. Since filing these rules, we've seen the benefit of the extra online instruction for cosmetology schools and students. It has the potential to increase access and reduce costs for schools and students. Yet, in considering permanent adoption of these rules, we found changes are necessary to reduce inequity between accredited and unaccredited cosmetology schools. We also need to allow greater flexibility for schools in determining which activities they offer online.

We're now proposing permanent rules to allow for cosmetology schools to offer 50% of their course online. The new rules update the definition of "online", allowing schools to determine the best content to offer online and in-person.

On July 13, 2020, we provided a Pre-proposal Rule Notice to the industry. We encouraged people to submit comments on the proposed changes by July 27, 2020. We received 26 responses. Twenty-two were in favor of the proposed changes. Three were in opposition and 1 responded as other.

After reviewing the feedback, we decided to move forward with the rule-making proceedings. We filed Proposed Rule-Making Notice WSR 20-17-131 on August 18, 2020.

What's next?

We're holding a public hearing by telephone for anyone to comment on the proposed rule changes.

Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Call in Number: 360.407.3815
Conference ID Number: 8750340

You can send in comments on the proposed language by mail, fax, or email by October 5, 2020. You can also join the public hearing, where you'll have opportunity to give oral testimony.

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Advisory Board Recruitments Open

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to put a hold on filling the open positions on our Advisory Board. We are re-opening the application process and allowing plenty of time to apply. We are extending the application deadline to September 9th, 2020 at 12 p.m.

We have 5 positions open on our Advisory Board. If you want to serve and meet the qualifications, we welcome you to apply for the opportunity.

The positions we are seeking to fill are:

  • Master Esthetician Licensee.
  • Barber Licensee.
  • Vocational Schools Representative.
  • Manicurist Licensee.
  • Cosmetologist Licensee.

Please email your completed applications to PLSSUnit@dol.wa.gov.

Questions? Need help?

Email us: PLSSUnit@dol.wa.gov.


Proposed fee increase

We're proposing to increase cosmetology and other personal services fees. This increase would take effect in November 2020. We take fee changes seriously.

Under RCW 43.24.086, we must set personal services fees “at a sufficient level to defray the costs of administering that program.”

These fees haven't changed since 2006 and aren't enough to sustain these programs. A 25% increase in fees will help us continue to support you and maintain public safety.

Here is the full list of proposed fee increases:

Proposed fee increases
Program name Initial fee Proposed initial fee Renewal fee Proposed renewal fee
Cosmetologist, Barber, Manicurist, Esthetician, Master Esthetician, or Instructor (per license type) $25 $31 $55 $69
Late renewal penalty (all individual license types) N/A N/A $55 $69
Reciprocity (per license type) $50 $63 N/A N/A
Salon/Shop $110 $138 $110 $138
Mobile Unit $110 $138 $110 $138
Personal Services $110 $138 $110 $138
Salon/Shop, Mobile Unit or Personal Services reduced license (permanent cosmetics) $15 $19 $15 $19
Salon/Shop, Mobile Unit or Personal Services late renewal penalty N/A N/A $50 $63
Postsecondary school $300 $375 $300 $375
Postsecondary school late renewal penalty N/A N/A $175 $219
Duplicate license print fee $15 $5 N/A N/A

We understand the challenges that you're facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're committed to supporting you and the public during these difficult times.

We intend to file our proposal with the Office of the Code Reviser on August 19, 2020.

Questions? Need help?

Email us: estarrett@dol.wa.gov.


New online service launches June 29, 2020

Our new professional and business licensing service starts June 29. You'll be able to manage your license online, and we'll be able to process them faster too!

To move to the new system, we must shut down our current online service. From June 19 thru June 28, we will be unable to process any license applications or renewals. This gives us time to test the new system before opening it up to customers and business partners.

Our new system will let you:

  • Apply for a license.
  • Renew a license.
  • Pay license fees using secure online payment options.
  • Self-print your license.
  • Update your account information.

Other changes

New license design

With a new system comes a new license design. Right now, licenses with endorsements for similar professions get issued on one license. These licenses share the same license number.

In our new system, each professional license type will have their own license number. These licenses will still print on one license document. On current licenses and endorsements, the license number will be the same as they are now. For licenses issued in the new system, they will receive different license numbers.

Email renewal reminders

If you have an email on file with us, you'll receive your renewal reminder by email. If we don’t have your email address, we'll mail your reminder. Reminders will no longer include your fees. The fastest way to renew your license will be to manage your license through our online system.

Secure access to your licensing information

All users will need their own login to access the new online service. This extra security means can only access personal information connected to your license. Do not share your login with anyone. On June 29th visit our account access page to learn how to set up your login. Don’t set up your login before June 29th. Waiting until after June 29th will help with a smoother transition to the new system.

Web pages and forms

Many of our webpages and forms got changed to align with new system functionality. Discard any forms you have saved or printed and get up to date forms or information from our website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 360.664.6626 or dolcosmo@dol.wa.gov.


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