Illinois Cosmetology License Renewal
Frequently Asked Questions:
When does my license expire?
Illinois cosmetologist licenses expire September 30th of each odd-numbered year and may be renewed within the month prior to expiration.
How do I renew my license?
First, make sure it’s a renewal year and you’ve complied with the continuing education requirements. Second, visit http://www.idfpr.com/profs/cosmo.asp and click on the “License Renewals” button. Follow the online instructions under “Renewals for Individuals” for “Online Credit Card Renewals”. Upon completion, you should receive a confirmation e-mail within a couple days.
How much does license renewal cost?
Currently, the State of Illinois charges $50 per two-year renewal period. The fee is payable online via Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit/debit cards.
How often do I have to renew my Illinois cosmetologist license?
Your cosmetologist license needs to be renewed every two (2) years. In Illinois, cosmetologist licenses are renewed in odd numbered years (e.g. 2015, 2017, 2019, etc.). You do not have to meet the continuing education requirements for your first renewal cycle after license issuance.
What are CEUs?
CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. One CEU = one hour of approved continuing education classes.
How many CEUs do I need & where can I get them?
Cosmetologists in Illinois are required to complete 14 CEUs every two years. You can take continuing education classes with Estelle, product manufacturers, equipment providers, online providers, trade shows, and more. Be sure to verify that the provider is approved by the State of Illinois to ensure that the CEUs will count. Save the certificate provided by the C.E. sponsor as proof of attendance.
How much to continuing education classes cost?
Pricing will vary depending on the provider and course topic and typically starts at $15/hour. Be sure to research class options and find something you’re interested in learning more about. Esthetics and Corrective Esthetics topics can be excellent options for cosmetologists looking to enhance their skill set.
Where can I find a list of C.E. providers?
A list of state-approved continuing education (C.E.) sponsors can be found on the IDFPR website.