Apply For Washington Cosmetology License

The Washington cosmetology license requirements. If you are trying to obtain a license for barber, cosmetologist, esthetician or manicurist in Washington students must complete the requirements listed below set by the Washington Board of Cosmetology. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page then we suggest to contact the state board of cosmetology. They can help answer general questions about applying for an Washington cosmetology license.

Washington Cosmetology License Requirements
Must be at least 17 years of age.

Washington Beauty School Hours
Cosmetologist License: 1600 Hours (2000 Hours Apprenticeship)
Barber License: 1000 Hours (1200 Hours Apprenticeship)
Esthetician License: 600 Hours (800 Hours Apprenticeship)
Nail Technician License: 600 Hours (800 Hours Apprenticeship)
Permanent Makeup Artist License: 18 Hours + Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate
Electrologist License: Contact Dept. Of Health
Cosmetology Instructor License: Cosmetology License + 500 Hours
Massage Therapist License: 500 Hours

Washington Cosmetology License Renewal
Washington cosmetology license renewal happens every 2 years on the date of license issuance. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner's license is $55 prior to expiration or $110 if past expiration date. Cosmetology continuing education hours are not currently required to renew your license but cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Washington Cosmetology License Reciprocity (Change or Transfer)
To transfer your cosmetology license to Washington you must have a current license from your home state and you must have taken a practical and written exam to get the license in the home state, send certification, application and a $50 transfer fee for each license.