Information About Renewal for All Licenses
Licenses expire every two years as follows:
- Licenses that expire on March 31st of each even year (e.g., 2014, 2016) are:
- Nail Technician
- All types of Instructors
- Cosmetologist licenses expire on October 31st of each even year.
- Establishment (shop/salon) and School registrations expire on June 30th of each odd year (e.g., 2013, 2015).
Several weeks before your license expiration date, a renewal notice will be mailed to the address on your record. This notice will explain how to access the online renewal application. To complete the online renewal application, you must use a credit card to pay your renewal fee.
Please keep your contact information in our records up-to-date so that notices we send will reach you. To check and update your contact information online, click Change Contact Information.
If you do not renew your license or registration before the expiration date, the license or registration will lapse.
- If you hold a license as a Cosmetologist, Barber, Instructor, Nail Technician, Aesthetician or Electrologist, it is illegal to practice in Delaware while your license is lapsed .
- If you hold a shop/salon or school registration, it is illegal to operate the shop/salon or school while the registration is lapsed.
Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Electrologist, Nail Technician and Instructors
- You may renew a lapsed license up to one year after the expiration
date by submitting a late renewal application online and paying a late fee. Even though you can file a late renewal application, it is illegal to practice until the license is actually renewed. This period is not a “grace period.”
- If you let your Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Electrologist, Nail Technician or Instructor license lapse for more than one year, you must file an application for reinstatement and pay additional late fees.
- If you let the license lapse for more than four years, you must also meet additional reinstatement requirements.
Establishment (Shop/Salon) and School Registrations
- You may renew a lapsed registration up to one year after the expiration date by submitting a late renewal application online and paying a late fee. Even though you can file a late renewal application, it is illegal to operate a shop/salon or school until the registration is actually renewed. This period is not a “grace period.”
- If you fail to renew the registration by the end of the late period, you must reapply for a new registration.