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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 license.wi.gov.
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.
Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Cosmetologist credential is 03/31/ 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
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).
An applicant completes the following:
A course of instruction in cosmetology of at least 1550 training hours in not less than 10 months in a school of cosmetology licensed under
Wis. Stat. § 440.62 (3)(ar) or
(b), exempted under
Wis. Stat. § 440.61,
or accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the Board or has successfully completed an apprenticeship under
Wis. Stat. § 454.10.
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
Endorsement applications must undergo statute review, please contact the department for additional information regarding the review and timeline at
email@example.com. Endorsement information
List of Currently Approved Courses
3044||Certification of Training|
3047||Apprentice Theory Certification of Training|
3048||Apprentice Practical Certification of Training|
1681||Licensure by Endorsement Application Information|
|3217||Application for Fee Reduction (Optional - If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)|
373||Verification of Licensure|
|3212||Employment Verification for Cosmetologist Apprentice Trainers|
3253||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 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 Late Renewal After Five Years fee(s) to the Department of Safety and Professional Services after passing the examination.