The state of Pennsylvania is nothing short of rich when it comes to history. As one of the only original thirteen colonies, it has several monuments that remind us of the country’s early days. You may find it interesting:

  • Initially, Sir William Penn found the state of Pennsylvania as a place for people to practice religious freedom.
  • Our forefathers signed the declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • Millions of families take a trip to the oldest zoo in the country, The Philadelphia Zoo, founded by Benjamin Franklin.

These days Pennsylvania is more than just a relic; it’s a state for budding professionals in every field, including cosmetology. Here are some guidelines to help you through.

Cosmetology Licensure Renewal

Pennsylvania cosmetology license has a valid duration of twp years. If your license has already expired or is close to expiring, you can renew it online. You’ll have to visit the website of Pennsylvania’s state board of cosmetology at to renew your license. After successfully logging in, you should find your license number at the bottom left of the home screen. Next to it will be a green pencil icon, which will produce a pop-up menu when you click on it. Once you click reactivate, more instructions will follow to help you with the process.

After seven to ten business days, you will receive your new license via mail. So it’s essential to maintain current information about your name and mailing address.

Initial license fee: $10

Renewal fee (to be paid every two years): $67

Late renewal fee (beyond five years): $40

On the other hand, you will not be able to use the method described above if your license has expired for more than five years. In such a case, renewing your license would involve retaking your cosmetology examination. To do so, you may contact Dasher, Inc on 1-866-474-1148. If you’re more comfortable with sending an email, you can send a reinstatement application to

How to transfer my Cosmetology license to Pennsylvania from another State?

Reciprocity is the process of transferring your license to another state. Pennsylvania, in this instance, allows transfer for individual states with which they have an established understanding. If your home state does not fall under such an agreement, you’ll have to apply it by examination. I’ll describe the process below. At the moment, Pennsylvania has an understanding with all fifty states except eight: Utah, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, and Colorado.

If you have obtained your license outside these listed states, you may apply for reciprocity by submitting an application form with a check for $60.

Following your application, you need to provide all documents the Board will request. Such reports will include a valid certificate that shows you’ve worked as a cosmetologist for two years. You’ll also need to provide documents about background checks.

The entire process takes about twelve to fourteen weeks, so ensure your license has at least two more weeks before its expiration, in case of delays.

How to change name/address on Cosmetology license

Occasionally people have cause to change their name or address. It’s important to notify any professional board you work with as soon as possible. That includes the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology.

As a cosmetologist, if you want to change your name, you’ll have to submit a personal name change form online. A $15 fee is applicable, and you must also upload an official document showing the switch. You may upload a marriage certificate or a court order.

If you’re interested in changing your address, you’ll likewise have to fill a form. If you’re relocating to a cosmetology salon, you’ll have to pay $30. But if the location is yet to be inspected by the Board previously, then the fee is $85.

Requirements for receiving a Cosmetology Instructor’s license

Showing interest in being a cosmetology teacher is a beautiful thing. The only way to carry on the profession is to pass the knowledge we have, to aspiring cosmetologists.

Apart from the value you share, you also create a new avenue of income for yourself. If you’d like to become a cosmetology instructor, you must apply and pay a sum of $10. Keep in mind that only professionals who have two or more years experience will have their application approved.  You must have no less than 500 study hours at an approved teacher’s program in beauty school.

Once your application is approved, and your license is issued, you must renew your teacher’s license on a biennial basis. The cost of doing so is $105.

Cosmetology Examination requirements

Cosmetology is highly competitive in Pennslyvania compared to other states. So there are requirements in place to regulate the number of cosmetologists the state has. You may apply for the exam if:

  • Attained an educational level of at least 10th grade or the equivalent (This criterion is inapplicable to citizens over 35 years of age)
  • Completed 1250 training hours in eight months at an approved beauty school
  • Registered with Pearson VUE to take the state’s practical and written test.

Once you satisfy all these criteria and pass both exams, you will be issued your license.

If you found this post helpful or would have more questions about cosmetology in Pennsylvania, please leave a comment. There are more articles about these same processes in other states, and you can check them out here.