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Where can I renew my cosmetology license online?

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Licensed cosmetologists can often renew their licenses through the website for their state's department of commerce or licensing. Depending on the state, individuals may need to have a special password to renew the license online, but in any case, information about the current license, such as the license number, will be required. In addition to using this online system, some states offer printable renewal documents individuals can print and mail in with their payments.

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The cost to renew a cosmetologist license varies by state, and individuals renewing online need a credit card to make the payment. After renewing the license online, the individual receives the new license in the mail. The online renewal process usually is faster than mailing in the renewal form. Due to the time it takes to receive the license, however, cosmetologists need to renew ahead of time, such as 4 weeks before their license expires, to avoid a gap in licensure, notes the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. If a license has already expired, a late fee may apply.

Continuing education in cosmetology is sometimes required for license renewal, and the hours needed and frequency of meeting the requirements vary by state. A refresher course in hair care and safety standards may be enough for some states. Specific information on requirements is available on the board of cosmetology website for each state.

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