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When to Apply

You may apply for reinstatement if your license has been expired for over five years and one of the following license types:

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

If you fail to renew your license before the expiration date, your license expires. It is illegal to practice in Delaware while your license is expired. To resume practicing in any of the Cosmetology/Barbering license types listed above, you must either renew or reinstate your license. Whether you need to renew or reinstate depends on how long it has been expired. If you don’t know how long your license has been lapsed, look it up Search & Verify a Professional License in DELPROS before submitting a request.

  • If your license has been expired less than five years , you must apply to renew your license. Submit your renewal application by logging in to your DELPROS user account in DELPROS, the online portal. You must pay a late fee in addition to the renewal fee.
  • If your license has been expired for more than five years , you must apply to reinstate your license. Submit your reinstatement application by logging in to your DELPROS user account in DELPROS, the online portal. You must take and pass the practical exam again. The Board office will send you an exam registration form and candidate information after your application has been processed.

If you fail to renew a Cosmetology/Barbering Establishment or School license by the end of the 45-day late period, you must reapply in DELPROS for a new license. You are unable to reinstate it.
Remember that it is illegal to resume practicing in Delaware until you are notified that your expired license has been renewed or reinstated.

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


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