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Division of
Professional Regulation

Shops/Salons



When to Apply

You are required to submit an application for a professional establishment license from the Division of Professional Regulation for each location where you are operating a Cosmetology/Barbering shop or salon when:

  • you are opening a new shop or salon.
  • the ownership of an existing shop or salon is changing (regardless of whether the name is changing).
  • an existing shop or salon is changing its name (regardless of whether the owner is changing).
  • an existing shop or salon is moving to another location.

If the new salon/shop is in a mobile unit, submit the Mobile Salon or Shop application in DELPROS, the online portal.

In addition to the professional license, you must obtain a business license from the Division of Revenue for each salon or shop you operate. To apply, visit www.revenue.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8778.

You may also be required to obtain a town/city business license for a shop or salon operating in its jurisdiction. For more information, contact the town or city in which your shop resides.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge” . This means you will either mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” to mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, or license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.


Requirements

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A detailed floor plan on 8 ½” x 11” paper or blueprints of your shop. For an example, click Sample Floor Plan.
  • A copy of your city/town business license if it is required by your city or town to have one. Cities such as Wilmington, Dover, and Rehoboth Beach and other municipalities require businesses to hold a license in addition to their state business license.

All persons providing professional services in the shop/salon must hold the appropriate professional license.

All shops and salons operating in Delaware must comply with the Division of Public Health’s Rules and Regulations on sanitation. See Sanitation Regulations.

The Cosmetology/Barbering License Law and Rules and Regulations are available on this website.

After the Board’s review, you will be sent a notification by email of the Board’s decision and how to proceed. An inspection does not have to take place before the shop/salon opens.


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