Now Live: Easier Online License Applications and ​Renewals!

​LicensE is your online, self-guided occupational license application platform. 

Please review the helpful links below:

  • Find step-by-step instruction for license renewal here.
  • Find a list of license renewals available via LicensE in the chart on the LicensE Customer Information page.
  • Find all licenses available via LicensE, plus user guides and other resources, on the LicensE Customer Information page.
  • Anyone applying for an initial license for any of the credentials listed can apply at

Our LicensE Application Status Lookup tool makes it easier for employees, and helps academic advisors support students during the license application process. To access the Application Status Lookup tool, you will need the applicant's 10-digit PAR number. An applicant may provide the number to anyone who could support their application. Find more information in our news release about this tool. ​​

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08(2), the required​ renewal date for the Aesthetician credential is March 31st of each odd-numbered year.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

Pre-Credential Education Information

  1. The applicant has graduated from high school or has attained high school graduation equivalency as determined by the Department of Public Instruction; is participating in a program approved by the Examining Board; or is at least 18 years old and meets the ability to benefit rule under 20 USC 1091 (d).

  2. An applicant completes at least one of the following:

Application for Licensure

If you are not licensed in another state, you must schedule an appointment for examination with the Department's contracted vendor, DL Roope​ Administration Inc.

Application for Licensure by Endorsement

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 81, all one-hour courses for endorsement applicants on Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code relating to the practice of Cosmetology should be submitted for review to

List of Currently Approved Courses

3044Certification of Training
1681Licensure by Endorsement Application Information (Please view additional Endorsement Information​.)
​Application for Fee Reduction (Optional - If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)
373Verification of Licensure
​Application for Predetermination (Optional-Submit ONLY if you have a conviction record and you desire a review of your conviction record before applying for a credential.)
2253​Barbering and Cosmetology Convictions Form (if applicable)​​
Late Renewal After Five ​​Years

A person whose license has been expired for more than five (5) years is required to pass the current licensing examination (written and practical) to demonstrate minimum competency in services and subjects substantially related to practice and public health and safety.

To request an approval letter to take the examination, please call or send an email to the Department with the following information: your name (prior names if your name has changed), your license number, and your current address.

You will be required to submit the application and late renewal fees to the Department of Safety and Professional Services after passing the examination.

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (signature attesting to having reviewed the Digest detailing changes brought forth by Act 81)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or​

Renewal Method​​

Inactive 454 Status

If you do not intend to practice and want your license to be placed on Inactive 454 Status per Wis. Stat. § 454.06(8m) and 454.23(6), you can partially renew online. If your license status is not already Inactive 454, you can complete the renewal online, up to the payment. Do not pay online. Follow instructions given during the renewal process.

If you do not complete the renewal for this Inactive 454 status online, you will need to email our office beginning February 10th, 2023 to request paper renewal forms: You will also need to submit Form R454. Please make sure to inform staff at the Department to include an R454 Form for you to complete or you can print it from the website.    

  • Your license status must be in good standing before being placed on Inactive Status. 
  • The 2023​ renewal fee is prorated to $5.50 for Inactive Status.

​R454​Inactive454 Status Renewal Addendum
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses be​yond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship. Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form R210 for further information. ​​