Information About Renewal for All Licenses

Licenses expire every two years as follows:

  • Licenses that expire on March 31 of each even year (e.g., 2016, 2018) are:
    • Barber
    • Nail Technician
    • Aesthetician
    • Electrologist
    • All types of Instructors
  • Cosmetologist licenses expire on October 31 of each even year.
  • Establishment (shop/salon), Mobile Salon, and School registrations expire on June 30 of each odd year (e.g., 2015, 2017).

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.

Renewing Lapsed Licenses

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.

Late Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Electrologist, Nail Technician and Instructor Renewals

  • If you do not complete renewal of your Cosmetologist, Barber, Aesthetician, Electrologist, Nail Technician or Instructor license before the expiration date, your license will lapse. It is illegal to practice in Delaware while your license is lapsed. If you wish to resume practicing in Delaware, you may submit a late renewal application up to one year after the expiration date. In addition to the renewal fee, you must pay a late fee. Even though you can file a late renewal application, it is illegal to practice until the license is actually renewed. The late period is not a “grace period.”
  • If you fail to renew your license by the end of the one-year late period, your license will terminate. If you wish to resume practicing in Delaware, 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.

Late Establishment (Shop/Salon) and School Renewals

  • If you do not complete renewal before the expiration date, your registration will lapse. It is illegal to operate a shop/salon or school in Delaware while your registration is lapsed. If you wish to resume operating the shop/salon or school in Delaware, you may submit a late renewal application up to 45 days after the expiration date. In addition to the renewal fee, you must pay a late fee. Even though you can file a late renewal application, it is illegal to operate a shop/salon or school in Delaware until the registration is actually renewed. The late period is not a “grace period.”
  • If you fail to renew the registration by the end of the 45-day late period, your registration will terminate. If you wish to resume operating the shop/salon or school in Delaware, you must reapply for a new registration.