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Indiana Cosmetology License Renewal Requirements

Maintaining your Illinois cosmetology license is important for a variety of reasons:

  • Professional development
  • Safety and protection of clients & professionals
  • Stay on top of industry and consumer trends
  • Personal advancement
  • Meeting state requirements


Indiana cosmetology licenses expire on August 1 every 4 years. Barber licenses expire on September 1 every 4 years. If your license has been expired for more than 3 years, you must re-take the practical exam to get re-licensed. The cost to renew cosmetology licenses in Indiana is $40, but if you are late there is an additional $50 penalty. Indiana does not currently require additional cosmetology continuing education hours to renew.

Cosmetology License Reciprocity to Indiana

Reciprocity is granted in Indiana on a case-by-case basis, depending on whether your home state has equivalent or more demanding education and licensing requirements. You may not transfer if you have only attended nail school but have not worked actively with the license, and you may be required to take additional training. However, for cosmetology, it is acceptable to transfer a license with school hours only.


When does my license expire?

Indiana cosmetologist licenses expire August 1 every 4 years.

How do I renew my license?

Renew online at or renew by mail using the paper renewal form.  Renewals must be postmarked by the expiration date.  Renewal forms can be found at

How much does license renewal cost?

Currently, the renewal fee is $40. 

How often do I have to renew my Indiana cosmetologist license?

Your cosmetologist license needs to be renewed every four (4) years. 

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