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Renewal Requirements - Cosmetologist

Barbering & Cosmetology FAQs: 
Please read the FAQs for information about renewal, continuing education, and inactive status: BAC 2015 Renewal FAQs

Renewal Requirements:
- FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
- SIG  (Signature regarding the completion of Continuing Education, included in on-line renewal and paper form)
- If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at 608-266-2112 or dsps@wisconsin.gov.

2015 Renewal Cycle begins February 11.  You may renew online or request paper forms at that time.

Renewal Methods:
- On-line log in here: License Renewal Online
- Request a Paper Renewal Form:  888‑506‑4239 or 608‑261‑4460 for the Madison area

March 2015 Renewal-Continuing Education Requirements:

For the 2015 renewal, licensees must complete pre-approved Continuing Education courses (1 credit hour of laws governing the barbering and cosmetology professions and establishments and 3 credit hours of Safety, Sanitation, and Infection Control).  See Continuing Education Information for details. 

March 2017 Renewal-Continuing Education Requirements

For the March 2017 license renewal, license holders must complete 4 hours of approved continuing education in order to renew their active license (1 hour in laws and 3 hours in safety, sanitation an infection control). The CE must be completed during the time period from 4/1/2015 to 3/31/2017.  See Continuing Education Information for details. 

NOTE:  If you were issued your license for the first time on or after 4/1/2015, you are not required to complete any continuing education for the 3/31/2017 license renewal.

            List of Approved Courses for 2015-2017 Biennium

            List of Other Approved Course Providers

Inactive Status:
- If you do not intend to practice and want your license to be placed on Inactive Status per Wis. Stats 454.06(8m) & 454.23(6), you cannot renew online.  Email our office beginning February 11th to request paper renewal forms: DSPS@wisconsin.gov.  You will also need to submit Form R454.
- Your license status must be in good standing before being placed on Inactive Status.
- The renewal fee is prorated to $41 for the Inactive Status.

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012) 

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210 for further information.