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Division of
Professional Regulation

Reinstatement




When to Apply for Reinstatement

This application is for reinstating the following types of lapsed licenses:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Barber or Master Barber
  • Aesthetician
  • Electrologist
  • Nail Technician
  • All Instructor types

Do not use this application for lapsed Cosmetology/Barbering Establishment or School registration. If you fail to renew the registration by the end of the late period, you must reapply for registration.

If you do not renew your license before the expiration date, your license lapses.  It is illegal to practice in Delaware while your license is lapsed.  To resume practicing, you must first renew or reinstate your license, depending on how long it has been lapsed. If you don’t know how long your license has been lapsed, look it up at Search & Verify a Professional License before filing this application.

  • If your license has been lapsed less than one year, you may renew it by submitting a renewal application. You must pay a late fee. Do not file this reinstatement application form in this situation.
  • If your license has been lapsed for more than one year, you must apply for reinstatement. The requirements you must meet to reinstate your license depend on how long the license has been lapsed, as shown in the table below:
IF you file this application… THEN follow the instructions in BOTH sections below: EXAMPLE
more than one year but less than four years after the expiration date on your license
  • Requirements for All Reinstatement Applicants
  • Additional Requirement for Licenses Lapsed Between One and Four Years
Your license expired 3/2015. It is now 5/2017. You must
  • file this reinstatement application because you can no longer apply to renew it online
  • enclose the reinstatement fee for a license that has been lapsed between one and four years.
four or more years after the expiration date on your license
  • Requirements for All Reinstatement Applicants
  • Additional Requirements for Licenses Lapsed Four or More Years
Your license expired 3/2012. It is now 5/2017. You must
  • file this reinstatement application because you can no longer apply to renew it online
  • enclose the reinstatement fee for a license that has been lapsed over four years
  • select a reinstatement method under Additional Requirements for Licenses Lapsed Four or More Years and meet the requirements for that method.

Remember that it is illegal to resume practicing in Delaware until a reinstated license is issued to you.


Requirements for All Reinstatement Applicants


Additional
Requirement for Licenses Lapsed Between One and Four Years

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Select the fee for your license type from the column headed “Reinstatement Between 1-4 Years After Lapse.”


Additional
Requirements for Licenses Lapsed Four or More Years

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Select the fee for your license type from the column headed “Reinstatement Over 4 Years After Lapse.”
  • Choose one of these four reinstatement methods and complete the requirements for the method you choose. If you are applying to reinstate an Instructor license, you must choose from methods 2 – 4.
    1. Apprenticeship – When you choose this method, the reinstatement application is also an application for an Apprentice license. You must be approved for the Apprentice license before you begin working as an apprentice!
      The apprenticeship hours required are:

      • Cosmetologist, Master Barber or Barber – 1000
      • Electrologist or Aesthetician – 200
      • Nail Technician – 85

      At the end of your apprenticeship, your supervisor must complete and submit a Verification of Completion of Apprenticeship form to the Board.

    2. Classroom Hours – The classroom hours required are:
      • Cosmetologist, Master Barber or Barber – 500
      • Electrologist or Aesthetician – 100
      • Nail Technician – 45

      When you complete the hours, the school must submit a certification of satisfactory performance to the Board.

    3. Examination – You must re-take the practical portion of your professional board examination. If you choose this method, the Board office will send you the exam registration form and candidate information.
    4. Reciprocity – You may choose this method if you
      • hold a current license in good standing in another state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory, and
      • have been continuously employed in your profession for at least one year immediately before you request reinstatement.

      If you apply by this method, arrange for the Board office to receive the following documents:

      • You should use the Verification of Licensure for Reciprocity Applications form at the end of this application to request the verification. If you are reinstating a Delaware Master Barber, the verification from the jurisdiction where you hold a current, equivalent license must reflect that you are allowed to perform chemical processing.
      • Request your employer in a jurisdiction where you are currently licensed to submit a notarized statement certifying that you continuously practiced in the field for which you seeking Delaware licensure for at least one year before filing this reinstatement application. The employer must send the letter directly to the Board office.

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