A cosmetology license may cover hairdressers, barbers, manicurists, and instructors for any of those fields. A cosmetologist should get a letter from her state board when her license is up for renewal. That letter will say if renewing online is an option. Most states do allow online renewals, though the requirements are not the same in every state.
Some states require proof of the applicant's continuing education -- CEU -- hours to renew a license. These hours are usually education courses in sanitation, public health, or hair coloring and cutting techniques. Check with your state board for the required number of hours.
Sign in to the official license website for your state. Provide the CEU certificate number or number of hours completed of continuing education. Verify your address and make any appropriate changes. If you are recently married or divorced, provide proof of a legal name change such as a marriage license. Click to approve those changes.
Provide a credit card or check routing number to pay for your license renewal. This fee is based on the individual state board and varies by state. The next screen should show a receipt number. Print this number for your records.
Don't wait until the last week to renew your license. If there is some delay, you may not be able to work until the license arrives.