Cosmetology

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.

Getting Started In Cosmetology

Cosmetology license types

Cosmetology Salon

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

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.

Full Specialist

FS – A “full specialist” means any person holding a specialty registration in one or more of the specialties registered by this board.

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.

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.

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 Braiding Salon

HBS – A “hair braiding salon” is a licensed and inspected facility where the practice of hair braiding is performed. Although the Department no longer issues new salon licenses, those entities previously issued licenses continue to be regulated.

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.

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

Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetologist License by Examination Based on Florida Education (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Cosmetologist Re-Examination (COSMO 3)  Start Now
  • Cosmetologist License by Current Licensure in Another State or Country (COSMO 2)  Start Now
  • Cosmetologist License by Endorsement (COSMO 4-B)  Start Now
  • Cosmetologist Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Salon
  • Cosmetology Salon License (COSMO 6)    Start Now
  • Cosmetology Salon (Flea Market) (COSMO 6)  Start Now
  • Mobile Cosmetology Salon (COSMO 6)  Start Now
Body Wrapper
  • Body Wrapper Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Body Wrapper Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Hair Wrapper
  • Hair Wrapper Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Hair Wrapper Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Hair Braider
  • Hair Braider Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Hair Braider Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Nail Specialist
  • Nail Specialist Registration (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Nail Specialist Registration by Endorsement (COSMO 4-A)  Start Now
  • Nail Specialist Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Facial Specialist
  • Facial Specialist Registration (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Facial Specialist Registration by Endorsement (COSMO 4-A)  Start Now
  • Facial Specialist Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Full Specialist
  • Full Specialist Registration (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Full Specialist Registration by Endorsement (COSMO 4-A)  Start Now
  • Full Specialist Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Cosmetology Continuing Education Provider and Courses
  • Cosmetology Continuing Education Course Provider (COSMO 10)    Start Now
  • Cosmetology Continuing Education Course (COSMO 9)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Hair Wrapping Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Hair Braiding Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Body Wrapping Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Initial HIV/AIDS Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now

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

  • Individual – Request for Duplicate License, Name Change, Address Change, or Status Change (COSMO 11)  Start Now
  • Salon – Request for Duplicate License, Mailing Address Change, or Close Salon (COSMO 12)  Start Now
  • Placement of a License to Voluntary Null and Void Status (NV 1)    Start Now
  • Cosmetologist License from Null and Void (Expired License) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
  • Body Wrapper Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
  • Hair Wrapper Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
  • Hair Braider Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
  • Nail Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
  • Facial Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
  • Full Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now

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 TypesContinuing Education RequirementsFeeExpiration Date
Cosmetology SalonN/A$45.0011/30/EVEN Year
Cosmetologist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Nail Specialist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Facial Specialist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Full Specialist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Hair Braider2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS$25.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Hair Wrapper2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS$25.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Body Wrapper2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS$25.00Group 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.

Robyn Barineau, Executive Director

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

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040

Cosmetology

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.

Getting Started In Cosmetology

Cosmetology license types

Cosmetology Salon

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

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.

Full Specialist

FS – A “full specialist” means any person holding a specialty registration in one or more of the specialties registered by this board including the practice of one or more of the following:

  • manicuring, or the cutting, polishing, tinting, coloring, cleansing, adding, or extending of the nails, and massaging of the hands, including any procedure or process for the affixing of artificial nails, except those nails which may be applied solely by use of a simple adhesive;
  • pedicuring, or the shaping, polishing, tinting, or cleansing of the nails of the feet, and massaging or beautifying of the feet;
  • facials, or the massaging or treating of the face or scalp with oils, creams, lotions, or other preparations; or
  • the shampooing or the washing of the hair with soap and water, or with a special preparation, or applying hair tonics.
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.

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.

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 Braiding Salon

HBS – A “hair braiding salon” is a licensed and inspected facility where the practice of hair braiding is performed. Although the Department no longer issues new salon licenses, those entities previously issued licenses continue to be regulated.

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.

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

Cosmetologists
  • Cosmetologist License by Examination Based on Florida Education (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Cosmetologist Re-Examination (COSMO 3)  Start Now
  • Cosmetologist License by Current Licensure in Another State or Country (COSMO 2)  Start Now
  • Cosmetologist License by Endorsement (COSMO 4-B)  Start Now
  • Cosmetologist License from Null and Void (Expired License) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Salons
  • Cosmetology Salon License (COSMO 6)    Start Now
  • Cosmetology Salon (Flea Market) (COSMO 6)  Start Now
  • Salon – Request for Duplicate License, Mailing Address Change, or Close Salon (COSMO 12)  Start Now
  • Mobile Cosmetology Salon (COSMO 6)  Start Now
Body Wrappers
  • Body Wrapper Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Body Wrapper Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Hair Wrappers
  • Hair Wrapper Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Hair Wrapper Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Hair Braiders
  • Hair Braider Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Hair Braider Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Nail Specialists
  • Nail Specialist Registration (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Nail Specialist Registration by Endorsement (COSMO 4-A)  Start Now
  • Nail Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Facial Specialists
  • Facial Specialist Registration (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Facial Specialist Registration by Endorsement (COSMO 4-A)  Start Now
  • Facial Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Full Specialists
  • Full Specialist Registration (COSMO 1)    Start Now
  • Full Specialist Registration by Endorsement (COSMO 4-A)  Start Now
  • Full Specialist Registration from Null and Void (Expired Registration) (COSMO 7)  Start Now
Cosmetology Continuing Education Providers and Courses
  • Cosmetology Continuing Education Course Provider (COSMO 10)    Start Now
  • Cosmetology Continuing Education Course (COSMO 9)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Hair Wrapping Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Hair Braiding Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Body Wrapping Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now
  • Cosmetology Initial HIV/AIDS Course (COSMO 8)  Start Now

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

  • Placement of a License to Voluntary Null and Void Status (NV 1)    Start Now
  • Individual – Request for Duplicate License, Name Change, Address Change, or Status Change (COSMO 11)  Start Now
  • Salon – Request for Duplicate License, Mailing Address Change, or Close Salon (COSMO 12)  Start Now

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 TypesContinuing Education RequirementsFeeExpiration Date
Cosmetology SalonN/A$45.0011/30/EVEN Year
Cosmetologist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Nail Specialist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Facial Specialist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Full Specialist16 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS, 3 hours of sanitation and sterilization, 1 hour OSHA, 1 hour workers’ compensation, 2 hours of laws and rules, 2 hours of chemical makeup, 2 hour of environmental issues, 4 hours of any of subject related to the practice of cosmetology.$45.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Hair Braider2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS$25.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Hair Wrapper2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS$25.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year
Body Wrapper2 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours HIV/AIDS$25.00Group 1: 10/31/ODD Year
Group 2: 10/31/EVEN Year