An expired license is any license that is past its expiration date and not renewed. All license types can be expired—operator, manager, instructor, salon, and so on. Licenses are expired effective the first day after the expiration date. It is illegal to offer services on an expired license, whether the licensee is an individual, a salon, or a school.
The only license types that can be active, inactive, or retired are operator and salon manager licenses. All other license types are either current (unexpired) or expired. There is no inactive or retired status for an instructor or a salon, for example. Those license types can only be current (unexpired) or expired.
If an individual has an active operator or salon manager license, it means they paid renewal fees to keep their license from expiring AND completed the necessary requirements to keep them eligible to work. In most cases, those requirements are completion of continuing education courses.
If an individual has an inactive operator or salon manager license, it means they paid their renewal fees to keep their license from expiring, but did not complete the active renewal requirements that keep them eligible to work. Therefore, they are not eligible to legally offer services.
If an individual has a retired operator or salon manager license, it means the exact same thing as inactive. When rule revisions went in effect in 2016, the term “inactive” was changed to “retired,” and this change was almost entirely in name only. “Retired” still means these licensees are not legally eligible to work. Because the change was fairly recent, most retired licensees will have license certificates with the term “inactive” printed on them.
No. Three-year license cycles are fixed. They cannot be paused and restarted.
Operators and salon managers can renew their licenses as retired (inactive/ineligible to work) if they choose. Retired licensees do not need to complete active renewal requirements in order to renew their licenses. However, license fees are still owed and renewals still take place on a three-year cycle.
All licensees can choose to let their licenses lapse (expire). But if the license is renewed later, the late renewal penalty will be owed AND the license will be valid for a shorter time. Renewing a license late does not add time to the end of the cycle.
Yes. The rule revisions in 2016 eliminated the restriction that only allowed licensed salon managers to work as independent contractors (renters). Salons are not obligated to rent to operator licensees if they choose not to, however.
The work experience you provide on your application is based on your calculations from your own time records. For example, if you worked an average of 25 hours a week at one salon for 10 months, and an average of 20 hours a week at another salon for two years, with no extended breaks (vacation, parental leave, etc.) at either salon:
You may attach copies of time records to your application if you wish, but it is not required for an initial submission. If the BCE is unable to verify your work experience, however, you may be asked to supply them.
All work experience must be obtained within the three years prior to submission of your application, and it must have been obtained under current, active individual AND salon licenses. If any work experience was obtained before a license issue date or while a license was inactive or expired, it is not licensed work experience.
Be aware that if your application is returned for corrections, the three years are counted from the date the application is received BACK in the BCE office and not the date it was first received. For that reason, it is possible you may “lose” work experience hours that were valid for an earlier submission.
A current, active operator license is a prerequisite for obtaining a salon manager license, along with passing results from the Salon Manager Examination (no more than one year old) and verification of at least 2,700 hours of licensed work experience within the three years prior to your application (see question above).
In order to avoid renewing your operator license for another three years, your COMPLETE Salon Manager License Application must be received in the BCE office NO LATER THAN your operator license expiration date. Bear in mind that processing a salon manager application can take up to 15 business days. If the application is incomplete or the work experience cannot be verified, the application will be returned for corrections, and licensure will be delayed.
If you cannot successfully obtain a salon manager license before your operator license expires, you must complete continuing education requirements and pay to renew your operator license for another three years. You also will likely owe late renewal penalties and be ineligible to work while your license is expired.
A Homebound Service Permit (HSP) enables a licensed cosmetologist to offer services to homebound individuals or to residents of licensed nursing homes. Licensed nursing homes are not required to obtain salon licenses if a) services are performed only by HSP holders; and b) services are not offered to anyone who is not a resident of the licensed nursing home. Refer to MN Rule 2105.0410. For definitions of “homebound” and “nursing home,” refer to MN Rule 2105.0010.
Operators and salon managers both can obtain HSPs if they meet application requirements. The HSP is not a replacement for a license, however. If a practitioner does not have a current, active operator or salon manager license, their HSP is invalid.
A Special Event Permit (SEP) enables a licensed salon manager to offer limited cosmetology services outside of a licensed salon. Examples of events include weddings, bridal events, school events, or fairs. Refer to the Special Event Permit FAQ and MN Rule 2105.0410, Subpart 2, for details.