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How to Renew a Master Cosmetology License in Georgia

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Master cosmetologists are licensed to practice salon techniques including hair styling, cutting, chemical treatments as well as facials and manicures. To operate in a salon or as an independent proprietor in the state of Georgia, cosmetologists must secure licensing from the Georgia Secretary of State's Board of Cosmetology. This confirms that an individual possesses the proper training, experience and understanding of health and safety to operate within this field. Acquiring licensing includes passing an examination, but continued steps should be taken by a master cosmetologist to ensure licensing remains active and in good standing.

Confirm receipt of your license renewal reminder from the Georgia Board of Cosmetology. This will usually arrive within six weeks of your renewal expiration date. In Georgia, master cosmetology certifications expire on March 31 of even-numbered years. If you have moved within the last two years, be sure you have updated your mailing information with the board to receive future expiration notices.

Complete the continuing education requirements for license renewal. To renew your license, you will need to provide proof of continued education in your field. For Georgia, these requirements include three hours of health and safety courses developed by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education and two hours of additional coursework in health, safety, industry trends or business management through a Board of Cosmetology registered provider. Find approved providers by visiting the board site at (see Resources).

Renew your license. For the quickest renewal option, visit the Board's website, available in Resources. If your current user name and password issued for your previous license no longer works, follow the prompts to complete the registration process for a "person" license account. Use the user name and password to access your licensing information and update your education requirements, citizenship status and any convictions or sanctions since your last renewal date. If you do not have access to the Internet, call the board office at 478-207-2440 for instructions on submitting a paper renewal form.

Operate as a cosmetologist only when you have active licensing. If you have allowed your license to lapse before renewing, it is important that you do not practice as a cosmetologist until you receive your updated license. Proof of payment for your license does not substitute for a license to practice cosmetology.


CL Hardy is a communication professional based in Austin, Texas. In addition to writing corporate newsletters, proposals and technical white papers for Fortune 500 clients for more than 12 years, Hardy has been published in "Black Collegian" magazine; her articles on human resources, business and art topics can be found on eHow. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in communication.