Instructions for Reinstating Your Expired/Lapsed GA Cosmetology License

This page contains instructions for reinstating your expired or lapsed GA Cosmetology license.


If you have been wondering “How do I reinstate my GA Master Cosmetology license, Nail Tech license, or Esthetician license?”, you are in the right place. We have put together step by step instructions for determining how many CE hours you will need, and for finding approved CE classes that will count towards your reinstatement.  We also show you how to get a copy of the reinstatement application that you will have to fill out and submit. 


Do I need to reinstate my Cosmetology license?

If you have an expired cosmetology license and want to start or continue practicing, then you should reinstate your license. According to the GA Board web site: An individual who continues to practice with an expired license is in violation of the law and may be subject to a fine, a public disciplinary action, and/or criminal prosecution. A license that is not renewed within six months after it expired will become lapsed, and will require an application for reinstatement (to put it back into good standing).


Since it has been well over six months since the last renewal deadline, if you have an expired GA Master Cosmetology license you will have to go through the reinstatement process to return your license to active status. 


Do I have to complete CE hours to Reinstate my license?

Yes, you have to complete 5 CE hours for each renewal that you missed.  For example, if a Master Cosmetologist’s license expired in 2016 they would need to complete a total of 15 CE hours (5 for 2016, 5 for 2018, and 5 for 2020).  Similarly, if your license expired in 2020 you would need a total of 5 CE hours.


Where can I find approved CE hours?

HairDirections offers several GA Board approved online CE classes that will count towards reinstating your license. Here is what you can do to get your hours:


Step #1: Click here to see a list of GA Board approved online classes


Step #2: Register for as many 5 CE hour GA packages as you need to get up to the total required hours.  For example, if you need 10 CE hours to reinstate your license, you can pick any 2 of the 5 CE hour packages that list your license type (or 3 if you need 15 hours, 4 if you need 20 hours, etc.).


Step #3: Finish all of your classes. You will be issued a certificate of completion for each 5 hour package that you complete, and you will need to submit these certificates with your reinstatement application.


Where can I find the reinstatement application?

Here is how you can get the reinstatement application:


Step #1: Click here to go to the GA Board’s web site


Step #2: Scroll down the page a little bit, and click on “Application – Cosmetology or Barber Reinstatement” 


Step #3: Very carefully read and follow the instructions on the reinstatement application. The Board will not be able to process your application if anything is missing or inaccurate, so it really pays to take your time and get it right the first time.


If you have an expired or lapsed GA Cosmetology license, we hope this article will help you get your license renewed.  It’s important that you renew your expired GA Cosmetology license before you return to practicing on clients.  Note: restoring your license is the process you have to follow after your license becomes lapsed. 


If you know someone who has an expired or lapsed license, please send them a link to this page so they have what they need to reinstate it.  


Are these classes approved by the GA Board?

Yes, these classes have been approved by the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers, and fulfill CE hours required for Master Cosmetologists, Nail Technicians, Estheticians, Hair Designers, Salon Owners, Master Barbers and Barber II. The GA CE provider license number is CEP-000078, and you can see a copy of the official approval by clicking here. 


The information on this page is provided as a courtesy and HairDirections does not make any claims or guarantees regarding the accuracy or completeness of this information.  The Georgia State Board Of Cosmetology And Barbers or the State of GA may make changes to these requirements at any time.  It is up to licensees to verify they are acting on accurate and current requirements and information as it pertains to their specific circumstances.