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Board of Cosmetology
The Board of Cosmetology is responsible for licensing and regulating cosmetology. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.
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Changes to Employment of Applicants for Licensure as a Cosmetologist Prior to Licensure, Employment of Applicants for Registration as a Specialist Prior to Registration
Effective April 3, 2017, there were changes to Rule 61G5-20.008, Florida Administrative Code Employment of Applicants for Licensure as a Cosmetologist Prior to Licensure, Employment of Applicants for Registration as a Specialist Prior to Registration. Below are links to the language in its final form and to the rule as it was amended. Additions to the original rule are indicated by underlining and deletions from the original rule are indicated by strike-throughs.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Board of Cosmetology recently approved a permanent reduction in inactive licensure fees. All inactive licensure fees will be reduced by 20 percent beginning with the renewal period ending October 31, 2016.
The Board of Cosmetology recently updated the salon licensure application. Please read the instructions to ensure that you have completed the application correctly. The mailing address is where the license will be mailed and where correspondence from the Department will be mailed. The business location address is the actual address of the salon.
Verify your license to another state quickly and easily by using DBPR s Online Services.
- Logon to your existing account or create a new account at www.myfloridalicense.com .
- Select Request License Certification from the License Menu.
- Complete the online application and pay the $25 fee by credit card or electronic check.
A copy of your license record will be created and emailed directly to the State Board selected during the transaction.
Note: License certifications can only be sent to other State Boards using this method.
A printable law book is now available, on the Statutes and Rules page .
The Board of Cosmetology consists of 7 members: 5 cosmetologists and 2 consumer members.
Mobile Cosmetology Salons
Methods of Licensure:
By Endorsement – Yes
By Examination – Yes
By Reciprocity – No
Business Entity – Yes
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
Information for schools:
For further information about schools, contact the Florida Department of Education for public schools or the Commission for Independent Education for private schools.
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Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee (effective 10/31/2015 renewal period)
Cosmetology = $45
Manicuring/Pedicuring/Nail Extensions = $45
Facials = $45
Hair Braiding = $25
Hair Wrapping = $25
Cosmetology Salons = $45
Specialty Salons = $45
Mobile Cosmetology Salons = $45
Body Wrapping = $25
The fees above includes a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Reporting requirement for criminal convictions
As of October 1, 2009, Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. The statute also requires the reporting of any convictions that occurred prior to October 1, 2009. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail it to the department.
Information for Continuing Education Providers
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for the management of continuing education providers and courses. Here is a shortcut to their education provider/instructor page.
The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint visit MyFloridaLicense.com .
Links and Resources
Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact the office by phone or by traditional mail. If you have any questions, please contact 850.487.1395. *Pursuant to Section 455.275(1), Florida Statutes, effective October 1, 2012, licensees licensed under Chapter 455, F.S. must provide the Department with an email address if they have one. The emails provided may be used for official communication with the licensee. However email addresses are public record. If you do not wish to supply a personal address, please provide the Department with an email address which can be made available to the public.
Please see our Chapter 455 page to determine if you are affected by this change.