Use the License Lookup to view public license profiles for practitioners as well as salons and schools. For practitioners, enter the first and/or last name of the individual. For salons or schools, enter the name of the salon or school. For better results, enter an asterisk before and after unique words in the name. For example, if you are searching for a salon called “Alpha and Beta Salon and Spa,” try entering *alpha*beta* only. You also may search for all salons in a specific zip code by entering the zip code where indicated on the License Lookup page.
Each profile page will display the most current available public license information, including license numbers, license types, license status, and expiration dates.
Click the Account Services button on the homepage to go to the login screen.
For practitioners: Enter your current or most recent operator or salon manager license number, then your password. Your password is the last four digits of your SSN.
For salons: Enter your current or most recent salon license number, then your password. Your password is your entire tax ID number with no spaces or dashes. You would have entered this number on your initial license application. This may be a Minnesota tax ID number (seven digits) or a Federal ID number (nine digits). If you are a sole proprietor, it may be your entire SSN (nine digits).
Log in to your Account Management Page (see above). Practitioners can update their mailing address, phone number, and/or email address. Salons can update their phone number and/or email address. Salon addresses cannot be updated online, as a salon relocation requires a new Salon License Application.
If you update your address online, you will not automatically receive an updated license certificate. Practitioners are not required to obtain updated certificates for address changes only. If do you want one, you will need to order one (see below).
You can order a duplicate license certificate online through your Account Management page, or you can submit a Duplicate License Request Form by mail or in person to the BCE office. There is a $20.00 fee for each duplicate.
Complete the Name Change Form and attach a photocopy of the legal document that explains your name change, such as a marriage certificate, certificate of dissolution, or court petition of name change. The document must be printed with your former AND current name. If it is not, you also must attach a photocopy or scan of a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, to verify the name change was legalized. A copy of the ID alone is not sufficient; the document explaining the name change is always required.
Submit the completed form and attached documentation by mail or in person to the BCE office with $20.00 fee payment. Upon processing, you will receive an updated license certificate. If you have more than one license, you will receive updated certificates for all of your individual licenses without paying an additional fee.*
If you are due to renew your license, you must submit your renewal by mail or in person using the paper application and attach your name change documentation (described above) to your renewal. When your name change is processed with your renewal, the $20.00 name change fee is not owed. Do NOT renew your license under your former name. If you are found to have renewed your license under your former name (such as if you renew online first and report your name change later), you may be subject to fines and penalties.
Name changes for individual licensees must be reported within 30 days of the change. Be aware that per MN Rule 2105.0190 Subpart 2, an individual’s license in a former name is invalid as of the 31st day after the change.
*If you are also sole proprietor or general partner of a salon, you must submit a separate Salon Name Change Form and $20.00 fee to update the legal name for that salon’s file.
Complete the Certification of Licensure Form and submit it to the BCE office by mail or in person with $30.00 fee payment. Upon processing, a certification of your cosmetology license history in Minnesota will be sent to the state or agency of your choice. The BCE sends certifications via email. Be sure to verify the correct email address before submitting the form to the BCE. Requests will be processed within 15 business days of receipt.
IMPORTANT: If you only send another state or agency’s version of this form to the BCE, it will be returned to you and your certification will be delayed. The Certification of Licensure Form and fee payment are always required.
Cosmetology is the practice of personal services, for compensation, for the cosmetic care of the hair, nails, and skin (MN Statute 155A.23, Subd. 3). Offering such services requires a cosmetology license. When a service is compensated, that means something is exchanged for the offering or performance of the service itself. This includes and is not limited to fees, tips, or barter. The BCE is unable to give anyone legal or general advice about specific services license holders can perform. If you determine that a service does not fall under BCE jurisdiction, it may be regulated by another State agency or on a city or county level. You also may consider seeking legal advice from an attorney. • For cosmetology scope, refer to MN Rule 2105.0105 (Scope). • For services that are not cosmetology regulated, refer to MN Rule 2105.0010 (Definitions), Subpart 13 (Unregulated Service). Be reminded that services appearing in this subpart may be regulated by another State agency or on a city or county level.