The Barbers' Board is responsible for licensing and regulating barbers. 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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On November 1, 2013, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation will change the method we use to verify cosmetology and barber licensure. You can verify your license to another state quickly and easily by using DBPR’s Online Services. Note: License certifications can only be sent to other State Boards using this method.
- 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.
You may mail your request for license certification to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Board of Cosmetology, 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-0790. Your request should include your name, license number, which State Board you would like the certification to be mailed, and your payment of $25. Note: If you mail your request, please allow up to three weeks for processing.
If you have questions or need assistance with your online account, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.
HB 517 was approved by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012, and reduces the continuing education required to activate an inactive license. You now only have to complete one renewal cycle of continuing education instead of completing continuing education for all the renewal cycles your license was in an inactive status. Applicants will need to provide proof of completing the continuing education requirements in effect at the last renewal date immediately prior to their application. Those requirements include completion of a 2 hour, board-approved HIV/AIDS course.
Barber Endorsement Applicants
Effective December 6, 2011 out-of-state barber endorsement applicants are no longer required to include a NACES education evaluation with their application.
A printable law book is now available, on the Statutes and Rules page.
The Barbers' Board consists of 7 members: 5 licensed barbers and 2 consumer members.
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.
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for examination development, administration, review and grades. Below are shortcuts to their examination pages.
Candidate Information Booklets
Computer Based Testing
Exam Dates and Locations
Exam Review / Hearing Information
Special Accommodations for Testing - ADA
Endorsement applicants: Out-of-country barber endorsement applications must include an education evaluation conducted by a credential evaluation service which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). If the NACES education evaluation is not included with the endorsement application, it will be considered deficient.
List of authorized NACES members
Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
Barber = $105
Restricted Barber = $105
Barbershop = $155
Barber Assistant = $25
The fees above include a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Requirement
Completion of a Board-approved course on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) during each biennium prior to the license renewal date. The course shall consist of education on the modes of transmission, infection control procedures, clinical management and prevention of HIV and AIDS, with emphasis on appropriate behavior and attitude changes with specific relevance to the practice of barbering, including sanitary requirements.
Continuing Education Information
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for the management of continuing education providers and courses. Below are shortcuts to their continuing education pages.
Continuing education main page
Continuing education policy
List of continuing education providers and courses, and hours required
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 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.
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