Washington Cosmetology License Requirements

Below are the requirements on how to get a Washington cosmetology license, renew your license or if you need to transfer your cosmetology license in Washington to a different state. If you have questions or issues about these requirements for cosmetology, you can contact the Washington state board of cosmetology.

Apply For Washington Cosmetology License

Must be at least 17 years of age.


Washington Cosmetology School Hours

Type Requirements
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

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.