WARNING – Cosmetology Scam Alert

Please be aware of a scam targeting cosmetology licensees. Licensees are receiving fraudulent Final Orders requesting payment of fines and costs to be paid by MoneyPak – Greendot. If you receive paperwork that looks suspicious, do not reply. DBPR will NEVER call you directly and ask for a MoneyPak number. Always be suspicious if someone you don’t know personally calls and asks you for a MoneyPak number.

Where should I check to see if this final order is authentic?

You may verify if any disciplinary action has been taken against you at www.MyFloridaLicense.Com > Verify a License > Search by License Number > Input license number and related information > click on licensee name > click on “View License Complaint.” This will bring up a list of all public complaints.

If a final order is issued against me, who will contact me?

During the complaint, investigation and final action process of a disciplinary case, you will receive written communication from DBPR. Should a final order impose monetary sanctions that go unpaid, you may be contacted by DBPR’s collection agencies, which are Municipal Services Bureau and United Collections Bureau.

Cosmetology

Cosmetology

Robyn Barineau, 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.

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
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
Hair Braider
  • Hair Braider Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Hair Braider 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
Body Wrapper
  • Body Wrapper Registration (COSMO 5)    Start Now
  • Body Wrapper Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
Cosmetology Salon
  • Cosmetology Salon License (COSMO 6)    Start Now
  • Cosmetology Salon (Flea Market) (COSMO 6)  Start Now
  • Mobile Cosmetology Salon (COSMO 6)  Start Now
Continuing Education Provider and Course Approval
  • 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
  • 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, 1 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, 1 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, 1 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, 1 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.

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

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040