For information and guidance for department stakeholders related to agency actions, updated meeting schedules, and other matters during this state of emergency, visit the DBPR Emergency Information Page at: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency.


Executive Order 20-120: Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery 
Executive Order 20-120 extends Executive Order 20-112 with the modification of including Palm Beach County in the phase one recovery plan.  The Order also authorizes persons in Florida to provide or obtain barber and cosmetology services in licensed establishments that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  For details related to required and recommended precautionary measures pursuant to this Order, please see the Additional Information for Barbershops and Cosmetology Salons and the FAQs for Executive Order 20-120.


Self-inspections for barbershops and salons licensed in March and April 2020

Barbershops and salons licensed in March and April 2020 are scheduled for inspection prior to June 30, 2020. Due to the current operating restrictions implemented as part of the safeguard for controlling the spread of COVID-19, the Department requests your assistance in completing a self-inspection of these newly licensed establishments. Should you receive a self-inspection request, please complete and return the form to the Department by June 1. Please refer to the Division of Regulation’s FAQ’s on self-inspections for guidance.


The continuing education hours required for cosmetologists, facial specialists, nail specialists and full specialists license has been lowered to a minimum of ten (10) hours, effective February 6, 2020. For more information, click here.

Cosmetology

Cosmetology

Krista Woodard, Executive Director

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.

Getting Started In Cosmetology

Cosmetology license types

Cosmetologist

CL – A “cosmetologist” means a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of cosmetology which includes the mechanical or chemical treatment of the head, face, and scalp for aesthetic rather than medical purposes, including, but not limited to, hair shampooing, hair cutting, hair arranging, hair coloring, permanent waving, hair relaxing, hair removing, pedicuring, and manicuring, for compensation.

Nail Specialist

FV – A “nail specialist” means a person registered to engage in the practice of manicuring and pedicuring in the State of Florida. Manicuring means the cutting, polishing, tinting, coloring, cleansing, adding, or extending of the nails, and massaging of the hands. This term includes any procedure or process for affixing of artificial nails, except those nails which may be applied by a simple adhesive. Pedicuring means the shaping, polishing, tinting, or cleansing of the nails of the feet, and massaging or beautifying of the feet. These services must be performed in a licensed salon.

Facial Specialist

FB – A “facial specialist” means a person registered to do facials in the State of Florida. Facial means the massaging or treating of the face or scalp with oils, creams, lotions, or other preparations. These services must be performed in a licensed salon.

Full Specialist

FS – A “full specialist” means any person who can perform any services allowed by a facial specialist registration and a nail specialist registration.

Hair Braider

HB – A “hair braider” means a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of weaving or interweaving natural human hair for compensation without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, or chemical treatment and does not include the use of hair extensions or wefts.

Hair Wrapper

HW – A “hair wrapper” means a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of wrapping manufactured materials around a strand or strands of human hair, for compensation, without cutting, coloring, permanent waving, relaxing, removing, weaving, chemically treating, braiding, using hair extensions, or performing any other service defined as cosmetology.

Body Wrapper

BW – A “body wrapper” means a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of body wrapping which is a treatment program that uses presoaked herbal wraps for the purposes of cleansing and beautifying the skin of the body.

Cosmetology Salon

CE – A “cosmetology salon” means a licensed and inspected facility where the practice of cosmetology is conducted by licensed persons.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules.  Choose a license type to apply.

Cosmetology Courses

Examination Information

DBPR offers examinations in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Candidates who have been approved to sit for an examination may do so by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson VUE. Examinations are available on a daily basis at testing sites throughout the world. For more information, including to schedule an examination, visit the Examination Information page.

Fee Waiver Applications

Prior Criminal Offenses

HB 7125 required the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to post lists of crimes that do not relate to the practice of cosmetology or the ability to practice cosmetology, and criminal offenses that were used as basis for denial of licensure to practice cosmetology. The bill prohibits the consideration of certain convictions for licensure purposes if the convictions occurred over five years before the date of the application, but allows the consideration of convictions for crimes listed in s.775.21(4)(a)1 and s.776.08, Florida Statutes.

Education Course Lists

Continuing Education (Chemical Makeup, Environmental Issues, Elective, HIV/AIDS, State/Federal Laws & Rules, Occupational Safety Health Administration [OSHA], Sanitation/Sterilization, Workers’ Compensation)

You may also use the department’s Find a CE Course tool to locate specific subject areas or course topics.

License Types Continuing Education Requirements Fee Expiration Date
Cosmetology Salon N/A $45.00 11/30/EVEN Year
Cosmetologist 10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology. $45.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Nail Specialist 10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology. $45.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Facial Specialist 10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology. $45.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Full Specialist 10 hours of CE – minimum of 1 hour HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, one-half (.5) hour OSHA, one-half (.5) hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, one (1) hours of chemical makeup, 1 hour of environmental issues, 1 hour of any subject related to the practice of cosmetology. $45.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Hair Braider 2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS $25.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Hair Wrapper 2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS $25.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Body Wrapper 2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS $25.00 Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Board of Cosmetology
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040