Cosmetology licenses can usually be renewed online or by mail. Typically, renewal notices are mailed out to cosmetology practitioners every 2 years.
Licensing renewal in Washington State may take up to 30 days from application to the issuing of a renewed license. In Tennessee, the recommendation is to complete and submit renewal applications at least 4 weeks in advance of the expiration date of the current license.
In Massachusetts, meanwhile, licenses are automatically renewed every 2 years and mailed out to practitioners around 6 weeks ahead of expiry. It is the practitioner's responsibility to notify the state's Board of Cosmetology if he or she fails to receive the renewed license.
Because regulations and procedures vary by state, it is wise to check with the relevant state's Board of Cosmetology.