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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

August 9, 2013


Dear Friends,

Here at the Department, we have several boards that are administratively housed under our jurisdiction, including the Florida Board of Cosmetology. In an effort to improve the experience licensees have with the Board of Cosmetology, several changes were made to help ensure the license process is more efficient and that the Board’s standards are up-to-date.

In 2012, the Board’s practice act was amended to allow individuals currently licensed in another state whose requirements are substantially similar to, equivalent to or greater than Florida requirements to obtain a Florida license by endorsement. The Board is also currently amending its rules to incorporate this legislative update.Because of this change, any cosmetologist whose current license requires at least 1,200 hours and passage of a written exam will no longer be required to submit a license certification from that state as long as their license can be verified on a board website. As a result, the licensure process time is minimized allowing qualified professionals to get to work in Florida much faster.

Additional legislation was passed in 2012 to allow licensed cosmetologists to perform cosmetology services at special events such as weddings, fashion shows and other Board-approved events. To perform these services, licensees must maintain an appointment book at a licensed salon and record the date, time and location of these special event services. This book must remain at the salon and be made available to Department investigators or inspectors upon request. This change provides licensees more flexibility on the job while allowing the Board of Cosmetology to maintain the standards for consumer safety and professional quality.

In an effort to maintain its focus on consumer and licensee protection, the Board is currently working on revisions to its salon requirements rule. The update would remove outdated sanitation and sterilization references and insert new industry standards for infection control. The revision would require salons to use hospital-level or EPA-approved disinfectants to more effectively control infectious organisms. For more information of the Board of Cosmetology, please call 850.487.1395 or visit the Board’s website at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cosmo/index.html.

Finally, legislation was passed last year that requires licensees to provide the agency with their email addresses. Through the access of licensee email addresses, the Board will now be better able to communicate instantly with its licensees to provide customer service and assistance. In addition to the ability to communicate by email, licensees will still be able to receive information via paper mail if they choose.

We are continually striving to improve our business processes so that we may better serve our customers. I believe these are common sense changes that will ultimately make doing business in Florida less cumbersome. Thank you for allowing us to continue serving you!

Sincerely,

Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson
Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:
850.487.1395

www.MyFloridaLicense.com


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