Rep. Jacobsen’s legislation to assist cosmetologists, others renew their licenses passes out of committee

Cosmetologists, hair designers, barbers, manicurists, and other professionals with similar licenses received a boost Thursday, after House Bill 1930 passed out of committee.

The bill, from Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen, received unanimous support from the House Consumer Protection and Business Committee.

“I introduced this bill after speaking with a constituent about the licensing renewal process for cosmetologists and other professionals with similar licenses,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup. “Right now, if someone in one of these professions fails to renew his or her license before it expires, the process to renew it is difficult and cumbersome.”

Under current law, these licenses expire two years after issuance. If a license expires before the renewal date, the licensee is subject to a penalty fee and payment of each year’s renewal fee. Generally, a license that is not renewed within one year after its expiration date is canceled, and the person seeking to renew such a license is required to meet the same standards as a new applicant.

House Bill 1930 would simply modify the time to renew a cosmetology or similar license after it expires, but before it is canceled, from one year to three years.

If such a license is not renewed within three years of its expiration date, the holder would be required to meet the same standards as a new applicant.

“This is a reasonable request, and it would make life a little easier for the many people working in these professions,” said Jacobsen. “Anything we can do to help people who have had to leave the workforce but are ready to get back in, is a step in the right direction. However, I do plan to continue working with cosmetologists during the interim to develop more comprehensive legislation.”

The bill now awaits a vote by the full House of Representatives.

The 2022 legislative session began Jan. 10 and is scheduled to run 60 consecutive days.


Washington State House Republican Communications